Duckpool Beach, Near Bude

National Trust owned, Duckpool is a wild, rugged, remote beach nestled within the cliffs, but you probably won’t see any ducks. Some say the name comes from the 16th century ducking stool, but no one truly knows the secrets of Duckpool.

At the mouth of the historic Coombe valley, it is surrounded by ancient woodlands and grasslands, dominated by a 100-metre cliff known as Steeple Point, thronged with thrift and other wildflowers, home to birds of prey and other wildlife. It provides spectacular views if you take the coastal path.

A classic narrow Cornish beach, the river flows down the valley to the sea, effectively dividing the beach in half.

It is a rocky area, so here you will find a special place for rock-pooling, fossil-hunting and beach-combing. The beach is wild and beautiful but not suitable for swimming due to strong currents and no lifeguard service.

The river is full of fish and there is usually plenty of driftwood around. The beach is difficult to access because of the rocks but if you are an intrepid adventurer, this is just the place for you. Spectacular views in all directions, but you do need to be steady-footed.

Off the beaten track, romantic, secluded and unspoilt, it is a wonderful getaway, with lovely wild flower walks nearby. You need to take your own refreshments as this place is totally uncommercialised. It is accessible by car, however, and there is parking.


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