Widemouth Bay Beach

Widemouth Bay Beach

Marine Conservation Society Good Beach Guide Recommended 2014 - excellent water quality

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.

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.

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 Easter Sunday and 30 September.

Dog Friendly


  • Facilities
  • Parking
  • Toilets
  • Lifeguard cover (Spring/Summer)
  • Restaurant/Cafe

Opening Times


At Exeter South side, keep left and filter off left onto A30 (signposted towards Okehampton) Follow A30 for about 20 miles When you have by-passed Launceston (about 2 miles further on) you will see a slip road on the left signposted to "NORTH CORNWALL". Turn off here and head North West on the A395 for about 5 miles following " North Cornwall" signposts When you get to Hallworthy take the B3262 (second road on right) for about 2 miles. At the "T" junction turn right onto the A39 for 10 miles Turn left on to the road signposted "Widemouth Bay"


MCS Good Beach Guide 2014


Marine Drive
Widemouth Bay Widemouth
Bude Cornwall EX23 0AW

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