Summerleaze has a unique appeal, not least because it is less than five minutes’ walk from the centre of Bude and the large car park leads directly to the sand dunes. The river, with its bobbing fishing boats, flanks the wide, sandy beach that is sheltered by the impressive breakwater, making the beach particularly popular with families and surfers. Beach Huts are bookable daily or weekly from £10 - £20 per day. Contact the Bude Tourist Information Centre on 01288 354240
Level access with a flat viewing area, toilets, RNLI shop, sandy play area and beach café all add to the charm of Summerleaze. Another gem is the sea pool nestled at the foot of the cliffs. Part man-made and part natural rock pool, the salt-water pool, cleaned daily by the tide, has enticed swimmers since it opened in 1930.
Lifeguard cover is provided on the beach and at the pool over the Easter weekend and from 1st May until 30th September. Dogs must be on leads from 21st May to 30th September from 10am-6pm. There is disabled access from the carpark, disabled toilets and a disabled sand chair is also available from the Summerleaze Beach Office 01288 352226.
Surfing Info: Good when everywhere else is maxed out. Right handers at mid tide also lefts at low tide.Suitable for: Beginners through to experienced surfers. Dangers: North of beach rocky, also sea pool hidden at high tide, with rocks in the pool. Strong rip (river) and also crowded in the busy season. Lots of bouncing, cross waves.
Tides: Surfable at all tides. Wind: E/SE offshore.