Granted a Blue Flag Award for 2015, Widemouth Bay is a beach situated about three miles south of Bude in North Cornwall. West-facing the bay runs for almost 2 miles from Black Rock and Wanson Mouth in the south to Lower Longbeak Point in the north.
At low water a wide expanse of sandy beach is uncovered, with rocky reefs stretching seaward at either end. Backed by low cliffs accessibility is good and the centre of the beach can become very busy in high season. The northern and southern sections, known as Salthouse and Black Rock respectively, are normally less crowded due to the fact that they are farther away from the designated safe bathing area.
There is RNLI lifeguard cover at Widemouth from late May until the end of September, and safety equipment positioned at certain points along the central stretch.
There are a number of shops and cafés along the back of the beach for refreshment. At the southern end of Marine Drive lies Widemouth Manor Hotel, whilst at the northern end lies the Bay View Inn.
Nearby, the Raven Surf School, established in 2004 by former European Surf Champion Mike Raven, offers lessons for all grades of surfing enthusiasts from beginners to advanced levels. They cater for individuals, couples, families or groups and can be contacted on Tel. 01288 353693
Toilets are available at both of the two car parks, with the northern car park also offering disabled facilities.
A favourite with dog walkers out of season, it should be noted that a 'Seasonal Dog Ban' is in effect at the northern end and so dogs are not permitted on the beach from Easter Sunday until 30th September. There are no restrictions on dogs on the southern section of the beach.
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Dogs on some parts of beach
✔ Good Surfing
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Lifeguard in summer
✔ Rescue equipment
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: