The best local beaches in North Cornwall
When you’re staying in Cornwall, you can more or less guarantee that you won’t be far from a fantastic beach; no Cornish town or village is located more than 18 miles from the sea, making it the perfect place for a seaside staycation!
Here at Great Hills Lodge, we’re only about five miles from some of the best beaches in the whole county. During a stay with us, you won’t have to travel far to enjoy silky sand, welcoming waters and that bracing sea air that somehow always makes you feel tired at the end of the day!
So with so much choice, where’s best to explore in the limited time you’ve got in the area? Here are our recommendations:
Summerleaze is Bude’s central hub of sand, surf and sun — and with good reason! Summerleaze is home to the famous Bude Sea Pool, while its large expanse of clean sand, colourful beach huts and gorgeous views make it a real hit with families, beach bums and surfers alike.
There’s so much to do at this beach; surf schools, kayaking, sea fishing and coasteering are all on offer at Summerleaze, while its level access and flat viewing area make it perfect for those on a disability-friendly holiday. Put simply, Summerleaze Beach is an absolute must during your stay.
The beach at Sandymouth is a completely different offering from Summerleaze, often a bit quieter than the other main beaches. The sandy beach is fully exposed at low tide, set against a dramatic backdrop of sheer cliffs. At low tide you may be able to see a shipwreck buried in the sand, while the honeycomb structures of the sandcastle worm are worth keeping an eye out for.
This dog-friendly beach is just a short walk from a National Trust car park with a café and toilets. At low tide, you can walk the two miles from Sandymouth to Crooklets Beach, which is also worth a visit…
Don’t let the pebbles at the top of Crooklets Beach put you off; at low tide there’s a huge expanse of sand, with plenty of rock pools for exploring. As well as being connected with Sandymouth, it’s also attached to Summerleaze Beach too! During low tide, you can walk between the two across the sand in 15 minutes.
Crooklets’ sloped promenade offers level access and a flat viewing area, while there’s always the chance to hire a colourful beach hut. The one thing to bear in mind is the summertime ban on dogs; they’re banned from Easter Sunday to 20th September, though they’re welcome in the winter months.
Widemouth Bay & Black Rock
Though Widemouth Bay looks like one huge beach, it’s actually divided in two, with the southern end, Black Rock, dog-friendly all year, while your canine chums are banned on the other section from Easter Sunday to 20th September.
There’s good access, with a ramp onto the sand, while there are lots of facilities nearby, including beach cafes and pubs. It’s ideal for a relaxing day out, as well as activities with the family that will tire out the kids for the evening.
Northcott Mouth Beach
The final entry on our list is a secluded alternative to the main beaches in the area; it is rocky at the top, but once you get past that, there’s soft sand and rockpools to enjoy. Its towering cliffs, rich with geological folds, give it the feelings of a cove, as does the shipwreck in the sand.
It’s ideal for those wanting some peace and quiet during their trip to the beach — plus it’s dog-friendly and close to the famous Margaret’s Rustic Tea Garden, which opens seasonally.