Walkers on the beach at Sandymouth, Cornwall. ©National Trust Images Chris Lacey

Sandymouth Beach, near Bude

Situated between the popular seaside town of Bude and the lesser-known Morwenstow, owned by the National Trust Sandymouth is a special beach which is backed by dramatic twisted cliffs. A magical place, it’s often a little quieter than Bude’s main beaches.

Enter via a wide sloped path, where you’ll navigate a pebble ridge before entering an expansive stretch of wonderful  golden sand. At low tide you’re able to walk to Bude’s Crooklets Beach (two miles) – or as far as your legs will take you before the tide changes. Keep your eyes peeled for the shipwreck buried in the sand.

Dog-friendly all year round, and lifeguarded during the peak season, Sandymouth is a popular choice for surfers and rock-poolers alike. The landscape is beautifully rugged, with one of North Cornwall’s most impressive backdrops of sheer cliffs dating back millions of years. If you choose to embark on a walk along the neighbouring coast path, be sure to keep your dog on a lead at all times.

There’s a car park located just by the beach cafe. Parking at Sandymouth is free for National Trust and National Trust for Scotland members as well as blue badge holders, otherwise charges apply. The toilets (including disabled toilet and baby changing facilities) are open daily with reduced opening over the winter.

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