Top Choice Swimming in Bude

Bude Sea Pool

Built in the 1930s, this handsome seawater pool sits behind Summerleaze beach to provide a safe place for sea swimming, without the danger of tides or waves. It's perfect for kids and reluctant swimmers, and has the…
Beach in Bude

Crackington Haven

Probably the most dramatic of Bude's beaches, it has rock shelves and pebbly sand bordered by black cliffs, speckled by a blaze of wildflowers in spring. Once considered for industrial exploitation, the beach is a b…
Beach in Bude

Widemouth Bay

If you're travelling with kids, the best idea for a sunny day is to head to Widemouth (pronounced wid-muth). It has acres of sand at low tide, plenty of facilities, good safe swimming and lifeguarding throughout sum…
Beach in Bude


Precious few people make the effort to seek out this remote cove, and to be fair, it's a bit rocky and pebble-strewn, not to mention quite a trek down from the coast path – and the trail in some places is crumbly an…
Museum in Bude

Bude Castle

Housed in a peculiar folly behind Summerleaze beach, Bude Castle was built by local inventor Sir Goldsworthy Gurney, whose creations included theatrical limelight and steam carriages. The building now houses a small…
Beach in Bude


Slightly to the north of the town centre, this is a busy town beach backed by a huge car park. It's popular with families, beach bums and surfers alike, and there are a couple of surf schools who have their trailers…
Beach in Bude


Bude's main family beach is a classic bucket-and-spade affair, with its proximity to town ensuring it's awash with windbreaks in summer. It's also home to the beautiful Bude Sea Pool.