Widemouth Bay Beach
Widemouth Bay is very long open bay popular with families and surfers and at low tide there are hundreds of rock pools to explore.
Situated just 3 miles south of Bude and accessible along the South West coast path, Widemouth Bay offers fantastic conditions to learn surfing or body-boarding, which is why many of the local surf schools are based there. It has also received the Blue Flag Beach Award 2019.
Viewing areas with free car parking are located at both the north and south end of the bay so you can enjoy the fantastic panorama without getting your feet sandy! Surfers will experience a variety peaks from the north to the south end of the beach, breaking on sand or reef, producing spilling or heavy barrelling waves. You'll also spot the Black Rock landmark.
Suitable for: Beginners to experienced surfers. Dangers: High tide rocks in the middle of the beach and at Black rock. Rips also near there. Crowded in the busy season. Tides: Surfable at Mid to high tide. Wind: E/SE offshore.
Weekend lifeguard cover in April. Full lifeguard cover from the 1st of May until the 26th of September. Weekend lifeguard cover in October and full cover during October Half-Term. (2021)
Please note: Dogs are welcome throughout the year on the southern section of the beach (Black Rock). The northern part operates a seasonal dog ban between May 15th and September 30th (10am-6pm) (2020)