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Best beaches near Crackington Haven and Bude

Updated: Mar 13

Pencuke farm is located just five minutes away from Crackington Haven beach, Cornwall. With Bude just a 15 minute drive, here's a selection of some of the best beaches around this area of Cornwall.

 

Crackington Haven


Crackington haven beach is great spot for families, with a sandy beach and rock pools revealed as the tide recedes. The sea is good for a spot of body boarding and surfing too.


There are two cafes and the Coombe Barton Inn, all of which serve wonderful food and welcome dogs.


You can park at the main car park. A short walk up the hill is the Burden Trust car park, which is just £3 a day, and all the money goes to local good causes.


Dogs are welcome on the beach all year, though between 15th May and 30 September they are only allowed before 10am and after 6pm.


Sitting on the bridge wall with a drink from the Coombe Barton and watching the sun set is popular.


You can can also pick up the coast path in both directions, which offers some spectacular coastal views.

 

Bude


All the ingredients for a perfect beach day, Bude boasts two sandy beaches - Summerleaze and Crooklets, a fabulous outdoor sea pool, skatepark, numerous surf schools, a canal, golf course , crazy golf and beachfront cafes.


The end of the canal is a great place to go crabbing, and if you're lucky, you'll witness the lock gates in action. You can hire a beach hut fro Bude Tourist Board.


Life's a beach cafe is a great spot for a meal, with good quality food, and the beach hotel, is also worth checking out.


The town centre is only a short walk from the beach and there are plenty of car parks.

 

Trebarwith Strand


Home to the Port William pub, which serves good food, a great Sunday roast, Cornish ales and fantastic views from both the inside and the beer terrace.


There's a cafe, shop and a great little pop up coffee stop in the main car park. Whilst there's no beach at high tide, it offers a great sandy beach at low tide.


It's worth downloading the magic seaweed app to check tide times and sea conditions.


Trebarwith also has great waves for surfing and body boarding. The beach is dog friendly all year round too, and offers some great opportunities for keen photographers.



 

Bossiney Cove


Off the beaten track, Bossiney Cove is a steepish walk down the cliff path (you wont get a pushchair down), but it's worth the effort. As with Trebarwith Strand, it's strictly a low tide beach (you should get sand 2 hours either side of low tide).


You'll be greeted by a sheltered cove, crystal clear water and a sandy beach.


You will need to take your own refreshments, though theres usually a pretty caravan at the carpark selling ice creams and refreshments. There's also a cafe across the road with a crazy golf course.


You can take in some of the stunning scenery by doing the circular walk through rocky valley and back up the road to the car park.


Bossiney Cove is dog friendly all year round.


 

Widemouth Bay


Widemouth bay is one of the biggest beaches around. A great spot for surfing, body boarding or just sunbathing.

The left hand side of the beach is called black rock and is dog friendly all year round. The right hand side has dog restrictions during the summer months, but you can walk over the headland from black rock to the main car park, where you will find Widemouth bay cafe and surf schools such as Freewave Surf Academy


Black rock also has a cafe and beach shop with a good selection of Cornish ice creams.


You can also walk to the beach house restaurant, where theres also a small shop and fish mongers. The Widemouth Manor is just up the road, which offers a great spot to watch the sun go down in their sunset lounge.


You don't have to worry about the tides at Widemouth Bay, as there is always some sand exposed.


 

Boscastle


Not strictly a beach, this pretty harbour is worth a visit. Boscastle was hit by severe flooding in 2004 and there are markers on various building of how high the water levels rose.


Walk down from the car park, have a drink in the Cobweb inn and you'll pass various shops and places to eat.


The path along side the stream takes you down to the small harbour, with fishing boats and you may see the gig rowing club out on their boat. You can continue to walk along the coast path, or just sit down with some fish and chips from Sharon's plaice, take in the view and keep and eye out in case you spot a seal.

 

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