A Guide To Our Local Beaches

Holidaying in Cornwall is always special and what’s more, it’s somewhere you can reach this summer without even stepping onto a plane! Cornwall’s long stretches of sandy beaches and glistening turquoise waters are often mistaken for the beaches of the Mediterranean or even the Caribbean and it’s easy to see why. We are so lucky to have some of the best beaches in the world and luckily for us some of those happen to be on our doorstep.

Five Within Easy Reach Beaches!

The north Cornwall coast is renowned for it’s rugged beauty and remoteness, a place where towering cliffs meet swathes of golden sand and the waves of the Atlantic. Here we share with you five of our favourite beaches all within easy reach of Wooda but all offering something a bit different –

Summerleaze Beach, Bude

Quite possibly the only beach in the world where a canal meets the Ocean! Summerleaze is a soft sandy beach found just a stone’s throw from the centre of Bude. With lots of character and charm surrounding it, it’s a popular family friendly choice with lifeguards on duty throughout the Summer. Home to the Bude Seal Pool created in the 1930’s the natural pool fills as the tide comes in and out – the children will love it and inflatables can be used! You will also spot the bright and colourful Beach Huts, several fishing boats anchored up as well as it being the home to the lock gates and Tommy’s Pit.

How far? A 5 minute drive from Wooda

Crooklets Beach, Bude

The other local Bude beach is Crooklets. When the tide is out, this beach becomes a vast stretch of white sand dotted with rock pools that are ripe for exploring. With a fishing rod in one hand and a bucket in the other the pools on this beach will keep little ones busy for hours.

Situated at the entrance to the beach you will find Rosie’s Kitchen Café and Crooklet’s Beach Café, with plenty of outdoor seating areas. If you don’t fancy dipping your toes but want to take in the spectacular coastal views you can, all while enjoying an ice cream or some tea and cake! Crooklet’s Beach is also famous for its Christmas Day swim where locals brave the cold water whatever the weather in their swimsuits and Christmas attire! Large crowds gather to watch so if you’re staying at Wooda this Christmas, we’ll see you in the sea – don’t forget your Christmas tinsel!

How far? A 5 minute drive from Wooda

Widemouth Bay

To reach Widemouth Bay, you must travel along the coast road to take in the breathtaking scenery! As you drive along the dramatic winding road edged with wild dunes, you will start to catch glimpses of the turquoise sea beyond. As you turn the corer, the expanse of beautiful Widemouth Bay and the coastline opens out creating one of the most spectacular views of the Cornish coastline . This beach is great for surf and water lovers with seasonal lifeguards present and a café that serves tasty treats. Widemouth is its own little sanctuary.

How far? A 10 minute drive from Wooda.

Duckpool

A rocky beach with a nice sandy cove that normally creates some great little paddling pools for the little ones! It’s not the easiest beach to access and requires crossing a pebble built bridge over a stream so be warned if you are carrying bags or are not great on your feet.

A locals tip – if you are feeling like a climb, follow the coastal path heading up the cliffs towards Morwenstow. It’s steep and close to the cliff edge as you’ll see from the car park so please be careful but if you make it to the top it’s worth the climb taking in the stunning view looking back down the coast at the beaches listed above.

How far? A 10 minute drive from Wooda.

Stanbury Beach

For those who like to adventure, this is a secluded beach that’s off the beaten track! Only accessible by foot, it’s steep and narrow and can be overgrown but the views make it worth the trek. To reach the beach involves a scramble down the cliff (wear trainers), across the bridge and then pick up the pathway stepping over rocks in the stream to be able to reach the path that leads to the beach.

Once on the beach, you will be rewarded with a quiet and peaceful beach that is usually all yours.

How far? An 18 minute drive from Wooda.

 

Please check the tide times before going to any beach as some of the beaches listed above do become less accessible at high tide and we don’t want you to get cut off!

We hope that you’ll have time to visit all the beaches listed above and of course the sunshines for you but remember even if it decides to rain there’s no place quite like the beach!

Happy Holidays

Emma x