Summerleaze Beach lies just a stone's throw from the centre of Bude in the far north of Cornwall. North west facing, it is the main beach for Bude and can become very busy in summer. A wide expanse of golden sand is uncovered at low tide and the beach is bounded on its southern side by the River Neet. There is a large car park at Summerleaze and more parking set back from the beach beside the Bude Library and also beside the Tourist Information Centre on Bencoolen Road.
Just to the southwest of Summerleaze Beach lies Bude Canal which can offer a welcome distraction from the beach, whilst on its northern flank lies Bude Sea Pool, known as Saturday's Pit.
The smaller Crooklets Beach lies about 200 metres further north reached along the coast path or via Crooklets Road.
All the usual facilities are found here including a café, toilets, watersports equipment hire and an RNLI shop. There is lifeguard cover at Summerleaze in high season. There is restricted access for dogs, which means that dogs must be kept on leads during daytimes from May to September.
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Dogs on some parts of beach
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Lifeguard in summer
✔ Good Surfing
OS Explorer Map 111: Bude, Boscastle & Tintagel
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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: