Widemouth Bay And Bude

Widemouth Bay


Reasons to visit Bude:

  • Vast expanses of clean, golden, sandy beaches, often backed by rugged cliffs

  • Fantastic surfing and water sports

  • Brilliant walking - explore the coast and beaches and geology

  • Great for activities - cycling; horse-riding; rock-climbing; abseiling; fishing; golfing and more

  • Several nature reserves in and around the area 

Widemouth Bay is very long open bay popular with families and surfers and at low tide there are hundreds of rock pools to explore.

Situated just 3 miles south of Bude and accessible along the South West coast path.


It has received the Blue Flag Beach Award 2017. 


This beach is popular with bathers and surfers alike. Although it looks like one huge beach, stretching across almost 1.5 miles, it is actually divided into the North and South Beach (also called Black Rock) by a natural barrier of rock.


Widemouth offers fantastic conditions to learn surfing or body-boarding, which is why many of the local surf schools have their base there.

Ideal for: Surfing, swimming
Accessibility: Large car park
Facilities: Café and public toilets (summer season only)
Lifeguard Cover: Daily  March to  April (Easter school holidays),then daily from the beginning of May to the end of September, weekends only in October (school holidays)

Best time to surf: All tides
Dog Friendly? No dogs on Widemouth from Easter to Oct 1st, but allowed on the adjacent Black Rock beach.

Location: EX23 0AW


Bude is a great family resort and famous for its pastel painted beach huts, crazy golf and wide sandy beaches. 

Once a busy commercial port, Bude blossomed as a holiday destination in the 19th century when the train came to town and tourists took their first tentative dips in the Atlantic. Today the town still retains that air of genteel charm putting it somewhere between up-to-date resort and nostalgic getaway.


The town’s beaches (there are two massive sandy ones) are perfect for long summer days building sandcastles or getting in some surf lessons.

The town centre has a good mix of independent shops so you won’t go short of souvenirs. From the town there are great walks along the highest sea cliffs in Cornwall.


Nearby you’ll find some titbits of local history and some of the most dramatic beaches in the county.