Widemouth Bay

Widemouth Bay by Angela Channing
Widemouth Bay
Sunset over Widemouth by Angela Channing
Sunset over Widemouth

Widemouth Bay is the southernmost of the sandy beaches around Bude. As the name implies, this is a substantial stretch of sand and faces west into the Atlantic. Consequently, when there is a big surf running, there can be some absolutely monster waves at Widemouth which can make you wonder why going surfing seemed like a good idea at the time. In the autumn and winter, it's a good place to see expert surfers.

In the past, sloops from Wales would use Widemouth as a port (in the most basic sense), unloading goods such as coal and limestone; and taking Cornish wares back to Wales such as granite, slate, tin, copper and even Cornish pasties! The beaches in the bay are now the landing points for many Transatlantic cables linking the USA and UK, supporting an altogether different kind of surfing.

To the left and right of the beach there are rocky ridges, caused by the sandstone rocks being upended (by the continental plate collision that formed the tors of Bodmin Moor) and then eroded by the sea, which are quite hard work to walk across.

Directions

Follow the A39 towards Bude and turn off just before bude (signposted to Widemouth Bay). There is a large car park at the top of the beach.

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