Duckpool is a small west facing beach located at the seaward end of the Combe Valley some four miles north of Bude in North Cornwall. The beach consists of fist sized pebbles underlain by some sand and it is almost completely covered at high tide.
Duckpool is sheltered by Steeple Point to the north and Warren Point to the south. The cliffs between Steeple Point and Marsland Mouth are classed as a geological site of special scientific interest (SSSI), due to the geology of the site being mainly composed of alternating mudstones, shales and siltstones and is of very high national importance in the study of Upper Carboniferous rocks within Britain.
Sited just south of the white dishes and golf ball radar of GCHQ Morwenstow, Duckpool is a haven for moths and butterflies such as the Meadow Brown, Common Blue, Large White and Small Tortoiseshell, and sometimes Painted Lady, Clouded Yellow and Red Admiral. Glowworms, grasshoppers and soldier beetles are common in the Coombe Valley behind the beach.
Birds of prey such as kestrels and peregrine falcons are often seen here and Herring Gull and Northern Fulmar - Fulmarus glacialis, are known to nest at Warren Point.
The strong tides around Duckpool make the beach dangerous for swimming and is only suitable for the most experienced surfers.
There is a small car park here behind the beach and fine walks along the coast path north over Steeple Point towards Stanbury Mouth and Morwenstow or south towards Sandy Mouth and ultimately Bude.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Dogs permitted
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Interesting geology
✔ Rescue equipment
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Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns: