Stanbury Mouth Beach
Copyright © Bob Clay
Stanbury Mouth Beach is situated between Rane Point and Hippa Rock on the North Coast of Cornwall, north of Bude. West facing the beach is open to the full force of storms and swells coming in from the Atlantic Ocean.
The beach lies about six miles north of Bude and about three miles from the border between Cornwall and Devon at Marsland Mouth.
Stanbury Mouth is a quiet, secluded beach due to the fact that it can only be reached by a 15 minute walk down from the car park. The beach is popular with experienced surfers and you can top up your tan here without too much trouble. The route to the beach is overlooked by the huge white satellite dishes of Cleave Camp, otherwise known as Morwenstow Tracking Station or more properly GCHQ Bude.
Activities here are obviously classified, but it is known that in 2010, the United States National Security Agency (NSA) paid GCHQ £15.5m for redevelopments at the site.
Stanbury Mouth is one of the most northerly beaches in Cornwall, just a few miles from Devon. On some occasions it is possible to glimpse seals here.
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Rescue equipment
✔ Good Surfing
OS Explorer Map 126: Clovelly & Hartland
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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: