Widemouth Bay

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Beautiful Widemouth Bay, with its family-friendly beach, awesome surfing waves, fascinating rock pools, and stunning sunsets, makes a great base for a holiday in North Cornwall.

About Widemouth Bay

Widemouth Bay, situated on the North Coast of Cornwall, is a beautiful, wide bay and beach with vast stretches of golden sand, and fascinating rock formations, including the famous Black Rock.

The beach is popular with families and surfers alike, and is perfect for swimming, surfing, sandcastle building, and getting up close to the weird and wonderful inhabitants of the many rockpools that appear on the beach at low tide.

The uninterrupted coastal views here across the Atlantic make for spectacular sunsets. In fact, if the weather is good, Widemouth Bay beach catches the sun almost all day (apart from very early morning). The beach is home to several local surf schools and a newly refurbished café from where you can relax and watch the surf roll in, come rain or shine.

The bustling seaside town of Bude lies just 3 miles away, and is accessible on foot via the South West Coast Path for stunning coastal views from the clifftops en route.

Bude itself offers a vast array of shops, cafés, bars and restaurants to explore, complemented by a friendly laid-back vibe. There is plenty to see and do in the surrounding area too, including Bodmin Jail, The Milky Way Adventure Park, Bodmin Steam Railway, and of course the wonderful Eden Project.

Further south and west down the coastline from Widemouth Bay, there's an abundance of pretty coves and inlets to discover - where smuggling was rife only a few centuries ago. Meanwhile, the unspoilt fishing village of Boscastle, and the legendary and mysterious Tintagel Castle perched high on rocky cliffs above the Atlantic, are both well worth visiting.

A holiday cottage in Widemouth Bay offers a picturesque base for a seaside holiday in North Cornwall, making the most of having the Atlantic right on your doorstep.


Segway Bude
(2 miles)

Explore the breathtaking Cornish countryside whilst discovering the thrill of riding a Segway! You can ride a Segway with no prior experience at all, and whilst there is no minimum age, riders must be able to comfortably reach the handlebars (around 4ft) and weigh at least 5 stone to allow the Segway to work efficiently. Segwaying is a fun activity for all of the family, young and old, as well as couples and friends. If you're looking for something different to do and a little adventure in the Cornish countryside, then book a Segway session!

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Splash Leisure Pool
(3 miles)

A huge indoor swimming pool in Bude, stretching 33m long and 5 lanes wide, offering plenty of space for fitness training and leisure swimming alike. The pool offers two distinct sessions - flat water sessions for the serious swimmers wishing to do lane swimming and sessions with waves and the flume open for families after some splashy entertainments. Check timetable to ensure you are coming along for the right session for you. Opening hours: Mon to Fri 07:00 - 21:00, Sat 07:45 - 17:00, Sun 09:00 - 17:00, Bank Holidays 10:00 - 14:00.

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Atlantic Pursuits
(7 miles)

Offering an action-packed programme of activities under the safe supervision of the highly experienced Sam Roberts, and his team. Whether you'd like to learn surfing or body boarding at Widemouth Bay, or experience Canadian Canoeing or the entertaining Jungle Run in the Bude canal - there is something for everyone, of all ages and abilities. Qualified coaches. All equipment provided. No experience necessary. Open 1 March through to 30 December. Booking required.

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Museum of Witchcraft
(10 miles)

A magic experience to enjoy while you’re on holiday in Cornwall, the Museum of Witchcraft is in the village of Boscastle and was the creation of Cecil Williams whose fascination with the subject started in childhood.  He set up the Cornish museum in 1960, saying it was three miles from a prehistoric maze stone carved into a living rock face, ‘proof that from ancient times man and his magic making with the world of spirit were active in this area’.  Today you can visit to explore the collections or enjoy seasonal events such as candlelit evenings and Halloween at the museum.

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Tintagel Castle
(13 miles)

Part of English Heritage, Tintagel Castle is more a ruin than a castle these days, but nonetheless, it’s an exciting opportunity to get involved with the history, myths and exceptional scenery at this spot that’s inextricably linked to the legend of King Arthur.  Set on a coastline that has inspired artists and writers for centuries, see ancient artefacts and explore the history of the castle and the legends that have shaped its story, as well as learning about its time as a royal stronghold, thriving trading post and the setting for romantic stories.  Prices start at £7.90 for adults who are not members, and £4.70 for children.

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The Black Rock Cafe
(Less than a mile)

Best known for its delicious breakfasts, friendly staff, affordable prices and sea views!

Black Rock Cafe, Marine Dr, Bude EX23 0AG (T: 01288 361563)

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Widemouth Bay Cafe
(Less than a mile)

Overlooking the beach, you can sit inside or outside at this popular spot and watch the surf roll in, whatever the weather. Open all year, serving tea/coffee, breakfasts, burgers, fish and chips, light snacks, ice cream, cakes and afternoon tea.

Widemouth Bay Cafe, Marine Drive, Widemouth Bay, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 0AH (T: 01288 361927)

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Staff very friendly. Excellent service. Mussels were fantastic. Would highly recommend

May 2017

Trelawney Tea Room
(Less than a mile)

Family-run tea room located at the stunning Widemouth Bay, offering a delicious selection of homemade cakes and afternoon teas. Also offering a full surfboard and wetsuit hire service too!

Trelawny Tea Room, Marine Drive, Widemouth Bay, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 0AH (T: 01288 361946)

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Bay View Inn
(Less than a mile)

Breathtaking views across Widemouth Bay, perfect for watching the sunset! A welcoming, family-friendly bar area with a great choice of beers, wines and other drinks. Delicious, fresh, seasonal food served in the bar, decking, garden or restaurant, and during the busy season a snack shack too.

The Bay View Inn, Widemouth Bay, Bude, Cornwall (T: 01288 361273)

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Beach House
(Less than a mile)

Set in one of North Cornwall's most stunning locations, Widemouth Beach House is a newly renovated venue offering drinks, food, tunes and ocean views, with private access to the beach at the bottom of the garden.

Beach House, Marine Dr, Widemouth Bay, Bude EX23 0AW (T: 01288 361256)

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Widemouth Beach
(Less than a mile)

Three miles south of Bude, Widemouth Bay Beach is a long, open bay that’s popular with families and surfers, while at low tide there are hundreds of rock pools to explore.  It’s a wonderful place to learn to surf or body board thanks to fantastic conditions and lots of local surf schools in the surrounding area.  There’s free parking at both ends of the bay as well as viewing points.  Dogs are welcome throughout the year on the south section of the beach, otherwise known as Black Rock, but on the northern part there are seasonal dog bans.  It has a wild feel to it, which adds to its appeal, and there is lifeguard cover in the summer, but nonetheless do be careful when swimming.

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Lovely clean beach.

May 2017

Lovely clean beach. Dogs enjoyed it!

May 2017

Summerleaze Beach
(3 miles)

Less the five minutes on foot from the centre of Bude, Summerleaze Beach is an easy beach to get to and enjoy for the whole day.  There’s a river flanking the sandy beach and it’s sheltered by a breakwater, making it popular with families and surfers.  You can book beach huts daily or weekly, and adding to its charm is a part man-made/part natural salt water sea pool to swim in at the foot of the cliff, that’s been welcoming swimmers since it opened in 1930.  There’s lifeguard cover in the summer months, dogs need to be kept on leads from May to September, and there are toilets and disabled toilets close by as well as an RNLI shop, sandy play area, a beach café, and a large car park that leads directly to the sand dunes.

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Busy car park but the sandy beach is worth it. Cliff top walks and a tidal pool made this a perfect spot on a sunny day.

August 2017

Crooklets Beach
(4 miles)

Crooklets Beach, near Bude, offers golden sands and rock pools to explore.  There is a cafe right on the sea front and access from teh car park is level.  There are public toilets and an outdoor shower for sandy toes.  Car parkign is available at Crooklets Road car park EX23 8LG.

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Crackington Haven
(5 miles)

At the end of a narrow valley, surrounded by towering cliffs, backing into the village of Crackington, Crackington Haven Beach offers shelter from the elements but only by comparison to the exposed coastline.  The beach is all rocks and shingle, and has a seasonal ban on dogs from Easter to October.  There’s parking at the beach, so remember to take cash for pay and display, and there are two cafes, a pub, surf hire and toilet facilities close by.  There’s also lifeguard cover in the height of summer.

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Tintagel Beach
(13 miles)

In the shadow of Tintagel Castle, Tintagel Beach is small and often overlooked, barely accessible via a scrabble down the cliff path.  To the north of the beach there’s a waterfall and to the south is Merlin's Cave, a 300ft long tunnel passing under Tintagel Island and castle that’s only accessible at low tide.  Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round, and the beauty of the place is its remoteness – just you, the beach and the sea, so there aren’t any facilities nearby basically.

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