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Bude Sea Pool

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Address: Summerleaze Beach, Bude, England
Phone Number: 01288354240
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Bude Sea Pool is a part-natural, partially man-made tidal swimming pool on...

Bude Sea Pool is a part-natural, partially man-made tidal swimming pool on the beach at this popular seaside town in North Cornwall. It was built in the 1930s under the cliffs of Summerleaze Beach to provide safe bathing in sea water, but away from the dangerous Atlantic currents in the bay. Measuring around 91m by 45m, it is topped up at high tide by the Atlantic Ocean. Since 2012 it is managed by the Friends of Bude Sea Pool, a not-for-profit charity that took over the facility when public funding was withdrawn. The spacious Pool provides plenty of room for paddling or serious swimming: inflatables, snorkels, surfboards and even scuba divers are welcome - just be considerate of other users, please. Bude Sea Pool is open throughout the year and is FREE for all to enjoy. Lifeguards are on duty at peak times. Children must be accompanied at Bude Sea Pool at all times.

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A beatiful, north Cornish beach.

What can I say? A classic, unspoilt beach on the north coast of Cornwall with beautiful sand. Great for surfing, it seems and with all the facilities of Bude town to hand. One... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Epsom, United Kingdom
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Epsom, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What can I say? A classic, unspoilt beach on the north coast of Cornwall with beautiful sand. Great for surfing, it seems and with all the facilities of Bude town to hand. One of the best in Britain.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A great asset for Bude, and one which is popular even in winter. Has lifeguard cover throughout the summer and great for adults and children who are not keen on swimming in the sea. Always clean and fresh due to the tide.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love the look of the sea pool, waves lapping over it's surround and the stillness of the large space of enclosed water, gently overspillling.

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Wootton Bassett
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had not been to Bude for over 45 years but everything was the same as when I was a small lad of 15, the surf was up and one lunatic Surfer was out braving the wind and the rough waves, the Sea pool was just as I remembered it although NOT IN THIS WEATHER. we ventured over the hill to... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Swam in the bude sea pool and really good fun. My daughter wears the hat swimming. Keep supporting we need to keep places like this going - little bit of heritage. Staff who look after this pool are volunteers - thank you for your time it's appreciated

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England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What an amazing pool. My friend lives locally and visits this pool regularly. It is located on the beautiful Bude beach.

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Thank Tracey R
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

On a recommendation from a friend we popped along the coast to visit Bude's open water sea pool today. A beautiful sea pool in a stunning setting. It was cold and drizzling but had a brilliant swim, with the pool all to myself. To be fair took a few minutes to get acclimatised and glad I had my swimming wetsuit... More 

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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It was out of season when we went to Bude so to cold to strip off for a dip but even on a grey day it looked amazing! What a great idea, it's free, looks amazing and is in a fantastic setting

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Thank Kelly W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

What a wonderful place for swimmers when the beach and sea are full of body boarders and surfers. My daughter and granddaughter went in for a chilly swim as they didn't have their wetsuits with them because it was raining and they weren't sure they were going to try it! It was a bit of a challenge as they were... More 

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Knowle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

It's okay if the surfs flat or too big, there is a fantastic tidal pool just off summerleaze beach. Don't forget your wetsuit though, ''tis very cold!

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