Widemouth Bay Beach
Widemouth Bay Beach
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  • psnh
    Cornwall, United Kingdom27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best!!
    We live in Cornwall and this cafe is the best we have found overall for standard of food, cleanliness and customer service in North Cornwall. We try to find better but keep coming back !! Thanks
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 June 2023
  • daveyh87
    Horwich, United Kingdom889 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Beach in the bude area
    Lovely Sandy beach which is perfect for a relaxing day or surfing, this is a perfect space. Great car park with loads of spaces and a nice drive in too (no horrible single lane roads like a lot of Cornwall). Nice place for breakfast and lunch next to the car park and a bar a few minute walk away. This beach cannot be faulted. It isn’t the best place for families but for us that was the attraction to be honest
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 September 2023
  • Rory Enright
    Harrogate, United Kingdom58 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely beach
    We went here on the first day of our holiday, and although the weather wasn’t great (cloudy and overcast) we had a wonderful time exploring the rock pools and the beach. My 5 year old loves it. The parking was cheap and plentiful, and the café was lovely - great coffee and my boy had an ice cream sundae, the size and extravagance of which made us all blush a little (but he managed!). It’s clearly very popular with dog walkers, so watch your feet - this sector of society clearly don’t feel the need to behave reasonably, so watch out for piles of poo and scrape holes, littering the beach from top to bottom.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 March 2024
  • Abigail W
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful coastline, beach and walk
    Lovely views, lovely beach. Went and parked in the top car park and did a little circular walk around the bay. Had a wonderful time. Sat down on the bench and just soaked in all the view.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 March 2024
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Abigail W
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Lovely views, lovely beach. Went and parked in the top car park and did a little circular walk around the bay.

Had a wonderful time. Sat down on the bench and just soaked in all the view.
Written 31 March 2024
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Rory Enright
Harrogate, UK58 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We went here on the first day of our holiday, and although the weather wasn’t great (cloudy and overcast) we had a wonderful time exploring the rock pools and the beach. My 5 year old loves it. The parking was cheap and plentiful, and the café was lovely - great coffee and my boy had an ice cream sundae, the size and extravagance of which made us all blush a little (but he managed!). It’s clearly very popular with dog walkers, so watch your feet - this sector of society clearly don’t feel the need to behave reasonably, so watch out for piles of poo and scrape holes, littering the beach from top to bottom.
Written 27 March 2024
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CreativeCreature
Cornwall, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We’ve been regulars to Widemouth Bay for almost 3 years and visit all through the year.
ACCESSIBILITY: Not recommended for those with mobility issues or very young children in buggies due to the very large and numerous pebbles. The upper car park is essentially just a very bumpy field so also not recommended if you have mobility issues [try Summerleaze or Crooklets in Bude as more accessible with flat tarmac car parks]. The car parks are cash or the Just Park app and you may just get a couple of signal bars to complete payment! Apart from that, it’s all good.

BEACH: A haven for surfers in all seasons! Seasonal surf schools on site and also seasonal lifeguards. The beach is scattered with lots of very large & smaller pebbles, but exceptionally beautiful pebbles, each one with unique white quartz or calcite markings. There is plenty of sand beyond the large pebbles, once you’ve managed to clamber over them. The beach is generally quite clean [I’ve never noticed dog mess or extensive litter] with regular official litter collectors often seen. Because of the rocky nature of this beach, if you intend to use windbreaks be sure to have a very strong mallet. The sea is a beautiful azure with bright white surf and a gentle slope but, beware of riptides. The ancient rocks and cliffs are a wonderful geological site to see.

REFRESHMENTS: The Widemouth Bay Cafe is open all through the year & serves a variety of hot snacks & light meals as well as ice cream, hot & cold drinks & a few beach items. We haven’t used any other utilities nearby.

TOILETS: The loos are across from the cafe in a separate block. My experience of the ladies in high season is not good; there are only a few cubicles [never enough!] and more often than not, one or two are usually out of order due to a blockage so expect a wait! Also, the hand cleansing system in the two sinks is very poor: it’s the auto type where you place your hands beneath the sensor and if you’re lucky, you may get a squidge of soap & then you may or may not get the spray of water to rinse…I recommend you bring your own supply of hand gels/wipes and use those instead!

GENERAL: Widemouth Bay is not usually as busy as other hot-spots can be in Cornwall & Devon, although in high season you should expect [like anywhere else] to have to wait for a parking space or be in a long queue for the cafe and the loos.
Because it’s not as commercialised or golden-sandy as say Bude, Newquay, Hayle, St Ives etc, it’s kept much of its raw and natural charm. The coast path is easily picked up here too.
Written 21 January 2024
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Excursion300142
64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Amazing beach when the weather is right. Very dog friendly with stunning scenery. Parking a bit stiff to pay though
Written 24 November 2023
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Kevin S
Watford, UK1,426 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Lovely big beach, especially when the tide is out. Plenty of paid parking available on site. Ideal place to walk the dog or do surf stuff if you prefer.
Written 16 October 2023
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William M
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The food is a fake and bland as the owner service. Food expensive and not good qualtity. The parking service is also not best
Written 7 September 2023
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daveyh87
Horwich, UK889 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Lovely Sandy beach which is perfect for a relaxing day or surfing, this is a perfect space. Great car park with loads of spaces and a nice drive in too (no horrible single lane roads like a lot of Cornwall). Nice place for breakfast and lunch next to the car park and a bar a few minute walk away. This beach cannot be faulted. It isn’t the best place for families but for us that was the attraction to be honest
Written 5 September 2023
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Fay B
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Looks like a beautiful beach, unfortunately couldn’t get on it, parked in dreadful parking which requires a 4x4, queued up for ages to pay for parking, having to dodge the cars coming past. We got to the ramp, which we had read made the beach wheelchair accessible, but you can only go as far as the bottom of the ramp, impossible to get onto the beach with the large pebbles blocking the bottom. We had to turn around and pack up again. Completely inaccessible for people with mobility issues.
Written 12 August 2023
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Karen Miller
13 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
The sand was very coarse difficult to make sand castles and there was lots of dogs which kept on pooing on our camp but this wasn't the beaches fault so I didn't take it into account when giving this beach a two star review. The toilets quite simply stunk of wee and it wasn't pleasant to use, the cash machine for the car park was difficult to use as someone with quite chubby fingers. I will personally not be coming back as a child stole my sons body board but did give it back after an hour of sitting on it and farting on it because when my son received it back it stunk of farts.
Written 8 August 2023
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Anne S
Ludlow, UK17 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Beautiful area, good for surfing, very busy. Car park atrocious, expensive, not a proper car park just a field, terrain only suited to 4x4s. Not good place for those with mobility issues.
Written 2 August 2023
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