Located within easy walking distance of Bude town centre Summerleaze is a popular beach. However, the extensive sands in every direction mean at anything except high tide it is unlikely to feel crowded.
The waves can be quite powerful here which, whilst great news for the surfers, isn't ideal for young children. But this is where Summerleaze really comes into its own as it is home to the Bude Tidal Pool - a sizeable swimming pool which provides a sheltered place for all, year round.
Summerleaze is also an unusually interesting beach with a large breakwater complete with tower protecting a small harbour and the mouth of the Bude canal with its massive lock gates. On the opposite side of the beach there's a sea-water bathing pool making for safe bathing whatever the conditions. Backing onto the beach are grassy downs and the River Neet.
Type of beach
RNLI lifeguards on duty from 5 May to 30 September. Easter bank holiday cover too.
Dogs friendly beach?
Dogs allowed all year (Must be on lead from 21st May to 30th Sept -10am-6pm)
There is level access from the nearby car park along with disabled toilets. A sand chair is available for hire at the Summerleaze Beach Office - bookings can be made in person or by calling 01288 352226
OS grid ref.
SS 2045 0662
Toilets, cafe, shops and Bude town centre 5 minutes walk away
There is a large car park right on the beach as well as car parks in the town