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Beaches to Visit Nearby

Beaches to Visit in Devon and Nearby Coastal Areas

Widemouth Bay  – North Cornish Coast

A very long and open sany bay popular with families and surfers and at low tide there are hundreds of rock pools to explore.

Situated 3 miles south of Bude.  Widemouth Bay offers fantastic conditions to learn surfing or body boarding.  Many local surf schools are based here.  Blue Flag Beach Award 2017.

NOTE: Dogs are welcome throughout the year on the southern section of the beach (Black Rock).  The northern part operates a seasonal dog ban between Easter Sunday and 30th September.

Bude – Summerleaze Beach – North Cornish Coast

A clean, safe and wide sandy beach, popular with families and surfers. Summerleaze has a unique appeal with the river with its bobbing fishing boats, flanks the wide, sandy beach that is sheltered by the impressive breakwater. There is also a sea pool nestled at the foot of the cliffs.  Part man made, part natural rock pool, the salt water pool, cleaned daily by the tide, has enticed swimmers since it opened in 1930.   Summerleaze offers surfing schools, kayaking and sea fishing.  Lifeguard cover on beach and sea pool from 1st May – 30th September.

At low tide you can walk to the next beach, Crooklets and continue along again to Northcott Mouth (owned by National Trust).  If the tide starts to come in, walk back along the coastal footpath.  This walk offers truly amazing views along the North Cornish coastline and on a clear day the island of Lundy can be seen.

NOTE:  Dogs must be on leads from 21st May – 30th September from 10 am – 6 pm.

Fowey – Ready Money Beach – South Cornish Coast

A small, sheltered, sandy beach, slightly shelving.  It is sheltered by cliffs close to the mouth of the River Fowey Estuary and bounded, on one side, by the medieval part of the Fowey and, on the other by St. Catherine’s Castle.  Above the cove is the former coach house which was the home of author, Daphne du Maurier, for a few years during the Second World War.

Walk along the footpath from Ready Money Beach car park to the centre of Fowey.

NOTE: Dogs are banned between Easter and 30th September

Bigbury on Sea – South Devon Coast

Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Bigbury on Sea in South Devon offers a wide, sandy beach offering a variety of watersports.  (Not suitable for surfing). The beach has excellent water quality and is safe for swimming making it a lovely location for families.

Bigbury’s famous landmark is Burgh Island which overlooks the beach.  The island is accessible at low tide, when the waters reveal a causeway that links it to the beach.  However, when the tide is in you can still reach the island by riding on the unique sea tractor!  Burgh Island boasts an award-winning hotel with an excellent restaurant.

NOTE:  Dogs allowed in certain areas of the during Summer season.

Polzeath – North Cornish Coast

Polzeath if located just north of the Camel Estuary in the lee of Pentire Point. At low tide the beach is enormous! It is one of the safest beaches along the North Cornish Coast with its gently shelving sands and seasonal Lifeguard cover. Polzeath is a great family beach. Another feature is the parking on the beach – yes, actually on the beach! (There are other car parks if this doesn’t appeal).

Blue Flag.

For a walk with breath-taking views, walk the coastal path from Polzeath to Rock (via Daymer Bay which is another lovely sandy beach – owned by Prince Charles!). For a little more adventure, catch the little ferry across the Camel estuary to Padstow.

NOTE: Dogs are banned between Easter Sunday and 30th September