Owned by the National Trust, Northcott Mouth beach lies about two miles north of Bude on the North Cornwall coast.
The beach consists of a mixture of pebbles and golden sand, and lies roughly midway between Bude and Sandy Mouth on the South West Coast Path.
The coast path runs along the back of the beach before making its way up onto the cliffs heading northwards to Sandy Mouth.
Safety equipment is located at the back of the beach and Lifeguards patrol during July and August only.
Swimming at Northcott Mouth is only possible where and when indicated safe to do so by the lifeguards due to strong rip currents operating offshore.
The beach is popular with all abilities of surfer. The area to the north of Menachurch Point is favoured by the more experienced surfers, as there are usually more challenging waves. PLEASE NOTE: This particular area is NOT for novice surfers as there are a number of submerged rocks and the current is far stronger.
Dogs are allowed all year round at Northcott Mouth.
Northcott Cottages, seasonal toilets and café lie just above the beach.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Interesting geology
✔ Lifeguard in summer
✔ Rescue equipment
✔ Good Surfing
OS Explorer Map 111: Bude, Boscastle & Tintagel
This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.
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: