Summerleaze Beach

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 outdoor 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. Backing onto the beach are grassy downs and the River Neet.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service

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 15th May to 30th Sept -10am-6pm)

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Disabled access

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


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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

Summerleaze Beach Reviews


Aug 12th 2021

Summerleaze is stunning, love to walk there when the tide is out, to watch the waves when the wind is high, the sunsets are incredible and the seapool a bonus for swimming .

Bude beach

Aug 09th 2021

I’ve been visiting Bude for over 40 years & find it a clean & beautiful place, great views & lovely beaches, when the weather is good the swimming is just fantastic.

Dogs on beach

Apr 23rd 2021

CCC have said ,dogs on leads from 15th may to end Sep, 10am to 6pm

Dog dates are wrong

Oct 01st 2020

Dogs can now be on the beach off lead all year except July and August

Sep 01st 2020

Fantastic, scenic and beautiful.