Summerleaze Beach

In Brief

Suitable for: Families and watersports enthusiasts
Location: Bude seafront
Parking: A large pay-and-display car park is next to the beach
Dog friendly?: Yes but keep them on a lead in the summer

Heading to Bude but not sure which beach to go on? Well, there are a few options like Crooklets Beach but the most popular choice is Summerleaze Beach right slap bang in the centre of town. This may not be a famous north Cornish coast hotspot like Fistral or Polzeath but it is a hotspot nevertheless.

Summerleaze Beach, which is perfectly sheltered by a breakwater, is clean and safe. Surfers flock here for those north coast waves and families love the sands as the beach is spacious and so close to the town centre. Plus, anyone who wants to enjoy some watersports has a wealth of options aside from the obvious pastime of surfing. Kayaking, paddleboarding and sea fishing are on offer from some of the local companies around the beach.

Probably the best way to enjoy Summerleaze if you’re not into watersports is just to set up on the beach and then take a dip in those clean waters. Or wander over to Bude Sea Pool, which is on the edge of the beach for a dip in a part-man-made and part-natural attraction that’s been wooing swimmers for years. Also take a stroll around the river that flanks the beach and check out the fishing boats floating in the water.

Summerleaze, which frankly has the most apt name in Cornwall for a beach to laze on with family or friends during the summer, has a large pay-and-display car park next to it and there is lifeguard cover on the beach throughout the summer. Dogs must be on a lead between May and September, though. So, fret no more. If you’re heading to Bude, choose Summerleaze to relax on during a sunny day. And then stay another day and go to Crooklets Beach. Hell, stay the week. Bude has got you covered.