This month we discover the effortless charms of Widemouth Bay in North Cornwall, with its chilled out beach vibes and stunning sunsets.
At Cornish Secrets, we are always keeping one eye on what is new and upcoming in Cornwall. On our radar this month is Widemouth Bay, an up and coming small village with that classic north Cornwall chilled out beach vibe.
Only a couple of miles outside of Bude, Widemouth Bay feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Families that have been making their annual pilgrimage here for generations seek out its laid back approach to time by the sea.
This quaint bay plays host to surfers, families and couples who enjoy time getting sand between their toes, salt air on their skin and experiencing the flavours of the Cornish coast at one of the local eateries.
Properties here are so close to the beach that you can literally step out of your front door, cross the road and you are on the sands. You will often find kite-surfers at Widemouth Bay, alongside the surfers and bodyboarders who know this to be a great spot to catch the waves.
Families enjoying the beach for the day will be found exploring the rockpools, finding crabs, shrimp, starfish and more besides. Throughout summer the Bude Marine Group hold regular rockpooling sessions, showing you where to look and helping identify any finds. Children enjoy paddling in the sea and building sandcastles that are decorated with shells. Older children spend time on their bodyboards with the reassurance that the RNLI lifeguards will be present in summer months, watching over them.
As an easy and relaxed bay, Widemouth has several beachside cafes that serve food and drinks throughout the day. The Black Rock Cafe and The Widemouth Bay Cafe serve sandwiches, cakes, drinks and light lunches. You can also pick up your buckets, spades, wetsuits and other beach gear to make sure you have everything you need to enjoy yourself here. There is also the Trelawny Tea Rooms that have a slightly larger menu and an indulgent afternoon tea.
Widemouth Bay has sunsets like no other and always make an impression on visitors, whether they are passing through on the southwest coast path for a night or spending their whole holiday here. If you really want to enjoy the sunsets in style then Widemouth Manor overlooks the bay from the top of the hill with outdoor terracing that makes it an ideal place for sundowner drinks before an evening meal.
The Beach House is also a great place in the evenings. Sitting right on top of the beach, guests here are encouraged to grab a drink and a beanbag and go to sit down on the beach itself to watch the surfers ride the last waves of the day, while the sun goes down.
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