Guide to Cornwall's beaches

Widemouth Beach

Widemouth Beach

The beach at Widemouth Bay is a wide expanse of open sand stretching nearly 2 miles. Despite being only 3 miles from the popular resort town of Bude the beach here has a wild feel.

This is an exposed stretch of coast, facing west, straight into the full force of the Atlantic Ocean. Great news for surfers but it can get a little breezy. In this case you may be able to find some shelter among the sand dunes on the foreshore.

Widemouth Bay has lifeguards during the summer months. If you fancy a swim observe the flags, they're there for a reason.

To the southern end of the beach the foreshore becomes increasingly rocky. This is great news for rock pooling and at lower tides there is no shortage of marine life to be discovered here.

Amongst all these fingers of rock is the distinct form of Black Rock. A lone lump of rock rising high above any of the surrounding beach.

Widemouth Bay is the landing point for many important communications cables which link the UK to other countries. It is said that one of these is the 'Trans-Atlantic hotline' connecting Downing Street with the Whitehouse!

Also known as:

Widemouth Bay

Type of beach


Lifeguard service

RNLI lifeguard cover: Easter bank holiday, Weekends during April, daily from 5 May to 30 September and weekends during October.

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed all year (Black Rock / South Beach only)

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EX23 0AH

OS grid ref.

SS 1988 0218


Amazingly for Cornwall there is free car parking at both the north and south end of the beach!


Blue Flag Award