Located a few miles south of Bude on Cornwall’s north coast, Widemouth’s small village and beach remains ruggedly unspoilt; a Beach Retreat for those looking to get away from it all and who enjoy making their own fun.
Backed by low cliffs and surrounded by fascinating rock formations, the wide sandy beach gives way at low tide to a myriad of rock pools, ideal for families to explore. To the south, Black Rock rises out of the ocean, marking the beginning of the beach’s dog-friendly section.
This lesser-known surf spot will surprise wave lovers – an excellent place for both beginner and experienced surfers. Exposed to the brunt of Atlantic swells, you’re able to experience a variety of peaks across the entire stretch with a sand or reef bottom producing gentle to heavy barrelling waves. There are a number of surf schools and hire places to choose from. RNLI Lifeguards operate during peak periods of the year.
Beach lovers and walkers should be just as happy as surfers, with Widemouth Bay receiving a European Blue Flag award and Seaside Award in 2015 for water quality and cleanliness.
With views over the bay, the Beach House combines a contemporary menu with a beach bar and takeaway in the summer months. The Bay View Inn offers good family pub food with a relaxed and bustling atmosphere. A number of cafes also serve coffees and sandwiches after a hard morning on the beach. Further along the road to Bude, Elements Italian-inspired menu is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Dogs are welcome on Widemouth year-round providing you stick to the southern section of the beach, near Black Rock. A seasonal dog ban runs on the northern part of the beach between Easter Sunday and 30 September. Dogs are also welcome on the entire 630-mile stretch of the South West Coast Path, with the walk to Bude along coast and farmland being great for children and dogs alike.
There are two car parks at Widemouth offering access to the beach, one at Black Rock and another at the northern end, where you’ll also find toilets.
A new disabled ramp and railing has been installed at the northern end providing wheelchair access onto the beach. At Black Rock, the beach can be accessed via a short slope.