Pastel painted beach huts line sandy white beaches in the small seaside town of Bude. Tucked up in North Cornwall’s corner, Bude boasts two beaches, Crooklets for stand-out surf and Summerleaze, with its unique tidal swimming pool. The town retains an air of genteel seaside charm which locals and visitors still love to this day. Breathe in the fresh sea air and listen to the gulls call as salt crisps on your skin. Ice cream anyone?
Sandwiched between some of the Atlantic Highway’s most wild and rural sections, drive 10 minutes along the winding coastal roads and you’ll reach the rugged fringe of Widemouth Bay. Listen to birdsong as you pedal boat along the canal, feel the exhilaration of bumpy trails and wind in your hair on the cycle paths, or wind down with a slow round of golf. It’s all part of the charm of this seaside town.
Stretching out with acres of sand, Summerleaze Beach is a spacious family beach. Its westward orientation shelters it from most winds, yet still offers nice surf for beginners. Or, opt for a sheltered swim in the huge sea pool. With plenty of room for all, Summerleaze is ideal for leisurely beach strolls and capturing coastal vistas.
Crooklets beach is the most picturesque beach in town. With its excellent high surf, it has earned the nickname “the Bondi of Britain.” Though smaller than Summerleaze, the atmospheric Crooklets boasts a charming beach café and prime location near the town centre.
There are plenty of surf schools in Bude including Big Blue Surf School and Bude Surfing experience who in addition to surf lessons also offer Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) and beach yoga.
Summerleaze Beach is lifeguarded daily between 29th April and 24 September, Crooklets Beach from 13th May until 24th September.
Summerleaze Beach is dog friendly (dogs on leads between 10am and 6pm from 21st May to 30th September) Crooklets Beach, dogs are banned from 15th May to 30th September between 10am and 6pm.
Olive Tree – canal side café and bistro with terrace
Sea Fever – laid-back friendly bistro with local seafood and ingredients
Elements Restaurant – hotel restaurant offering pizza, pasta and steaks
Temple – Seasonal, eco-chic dining
For those seeking retail therapy, Bude offers an eclectic mix of independent boutiques and charming shops. Explore the quaint streets and discover unique treasures at places like classic bookshop Spencer Thorn or the Atlantic Glass Studio, where you can find handmade crafts and locally sourced goods.
Bude Canal Walk: This approximately 3 mile peaceful walks follows the historic Bude Canal from the town centre to the charming village of Marhamchurch.
Bude to Sandymouth Coastal Walk: Enjoy breathtaking ocean views as you stroll along the cliffs from Bude to the sandy National Trust beach at Sandymouth. This moderate 4-mile coastal path allows you to extend your walk further along the stunning South West Coast.
Northcott Mouth to Duckpool Coast Walk: Beginning at Northcott Mouth, marvel at impressive cliffs, rocky outcrops, and fascinating rock formations as you follow the coastal path to charming Duckpool beach. It’s a great spot for a seaside picnic.(2.5 miles)