Summerleaze (Bude) Beach
Summerleaze has a unique appeal, not least because it is less than five minutes’ walk from the centre of town and the large car park leads directly onto 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. 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.
The Sand Chair should (when possible) be booked in advance, and is available from May to September. Go to Summerleaze Beach Office in person or call 01288 352226. Hire period is between 10am - 5pm weekdays and 10am - 6pm weekends. There is no charge for this service but a deposit will be required. The chair can be taken to other beaches in Cornwall.
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.
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VenueSummerleaze (Bude) Beach
Bude, Cornwall, EX23 8HN
Map reference: SS 205066 Lat: 50.83187 Long: -4.54926
Bude is approximately 17 miles from Camelford and 27 miles from Wadebridge. Take the A39 from Wadebridge or Camelford. Shortly before Bude turn left onto the A3073 and drive into the town centre. 1 large car by the beach. A 2nd large car park is by the bridge over the canal. There is also a car park by Crooklets beach.
Parking : with charge