Widemouth Bay Beach, Bude

Widemouth Bay is a few miles south of Bude with a beautiful surfing beach.

The bay is wide, framed by cliffs, and easily accessed (there is plenty of car parking toilets, and café facilities). Alternatively, take a delightful walk along the coast path from Bude, absorbing the scenic sea views and stopping for refreshments on arrival.

It is a Blue Flag Beach, one of the highest grade beaches in the country, where the water quality is excellent.

There are (free) viewing car parks to the north and south of the beach if you just want to take in the panoramic view or enjoy a non-sandy stroll, or walk to the beach itself with its sand, rocks, and barrelling waves. If you have lots of kit or young children, the main car park is much easier.

Dogs are welcome throughout the year on the southern section of the beach (at Black Rock), an area also good for rock-pooling at low tide. The beach is lifeguarded in high season and again, there is car parking.

Historically, Widemouth also has a secret. Due to its gentle sloping beach and direct access to the Atlantic, it is a transatlantic communication hub, with the first cable laid in 1963, transporting mobile phone calls and emails worldwide. Don’t worry, they are buried deep so you won’t trip over them!

Scenery, golden sand, lifeguards and big waves plus places to buy refreshments make a trip to Widemouth Bay beach a fabulous day out.

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