A Short Guide to Widemouth Bay
Where is Widemouth Bay?
Widemouth Bay and the Outdoor Adventure Centre are located just a few miles south of Bude town with an amazing coastal road which connects Widemouth to Bude town centre. Using the South-West coast path, you can also walk to and from Bude which takes about 30 minutes.
Widemouth is split into 2 sections at high tide. The north end of the beach is named Widemouth bay while the south end is known as ‘Black Rock’ due to the large rock seen standing tall to the far south of the beach. However, at low tide this whole area becomes one amazing big stretch of sandy beach to explore! During the summer, whilst Widemouth Beach has a dog restriction in place, Black Rock still remains a dog friendly beach all day, every day!
The best place to park is at the Beach’s pay and display car park which is an ideal spot to check the waves and is almost on the beach. Be warned! During peak season it does get busy so make sure you get down early to secure your space. In the car park you’ll also find the lifeguard hut with the lifeguards patrolling the beach from 10am-6pm throughout the summer season. We would always recommend you to only enter the ocean between these times. In the car park you can also find the Widemouth Bay cafe which has a wide range of eating options including ice creams, breakfasts and warm drinks. If you don’t mind a short walk, there is also a local surf shop, farm shop and 2 pubs/ restaurants just north of Widemouth which is about 5-10 minute walk from the car park.
This beach is a favourite for lots of surfers due to the excellent waves it can provide throughout the tide all year long. At Outdoor Adventure, we also have our own surf school based, down on Widemouth Beach and provide surf lessons in Bude most of the year. If you feel you do not have enough experience going out on your own or would like to improve on your surf skills give the center a call and get your shred on!