11 dog friendly beaches in Bude, Cornwall

North Cornwall is blessed with many beautiful beaches, and there’s no shortage of dog-friendly beaches in Bude. However, as with any beach holiday, you want to ensure your furry friend can join in on the fun!


During the summer months, dog owners may encounter certain restrictions on many beaches, including those in Bude. You’d be happy to know that many of these restrictions are often seasonal, typically limited to the peak season and frequently only in effect during the day. Bude's three main beaches – Crooklets, Summerleaze, and Widemouth Bay – all implement a seasonal dog ban, but venturing to the dog friendly beaches near Bude reveals a wealth of wonderful locations that welcome dogs throughout the year, just like the holiday park in Bude you may be staying in…

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Sandymouth Bay

Sandymouth Bay is a secluded dog friendly beach near Bude (just 15 minutes north) – a National Trust location surrounded by towering cliffs and situated along the South West Coast Path – perfect for walking trails with your dog. This sandy cove offers a sense of seclusion and natural beauty, with rock pools to explore at low tide. 

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Stanbury Mouth Beach

Stanbury Mouth Beach is a small pebble beach with some sand at low tide, but due to it being rather inaccessible, it’s a quieter Cornwall beach. At low tide, numerous rock pools emerge, offering opportunities for exploration and discovery. Just be aware of its inaccessibility before heading here so you can plan your trip accordingly.

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Millook Haven Beach

Nestled within a picturesque cove 15 minutes from Bude, Millook Haven Beach boasts a sheltered sandy beach and crystal-clear waters – a hidden gem. The beach is accessible via the South West Coast Path or a steep path from the nearby parking area – be careful here. With its natural beauty and tranquil atmosphere, Millook Haven Beach offers a serene escape from the crowds.

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Duckpool Beach

Duckpool Beach is a small, sandy National Trust cove located just north of Bude. Surrounded by cliffs, the beach is accessed via a narrow path and steep steps, and along the South West Coast Path, you can take your pooch for some of the best walks in the UK. Despite its modest size, Duckpool Beach charms holidaygoers with its sheltered setting and clear waters. 

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Northcott Mouth Beach

Situated within a picturesque cove, Northcott Mouth Beach is a sandy, National Trust beach. It’s a rocky cove on the north coast, overlooked by an untamed Cornish wildflower-topped cliff. At low tide, the beach reveals an extensive stretch of sand, ideal for beach activities and exploring the numerous rock pools – making for one of the best dog friendly beaches near Bude. 

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Black Rock Beach

Black Rock Beach, located south of Widemouth Bay, is a sandy beach known for its distinctive black rocks and pebbles. During low tide, rock pools and hidden coves are revealed, providing opportunities for exploration and discovery – perfect for explorers of all ages (and breeds). Despite its proximity to Widemouth Bay, Black Rock Beach maintains a quieter, more secluded atmosphere.

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Summerleaze Beach

Summerleaze Beach is a popular sandy beach located in the heart of Bude, and about a 30-minute walk from the holiday resort here – perfect for a doggy day out! Summerleaze Beach is a favourite among many. Why not come and visit this vibrant hub for beach activities and a quintessential seaside experience at one of the best dog friendly beaches in Bude?

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Crooklets Beach

On the northern edge of the seaside town of Bude, Crooklets Beach is a picturesque sandy cove close to the town centre. The beach is sheltered by cliffs and offers a more tranquil atmosphere compared to the nearby Summerleaze Beach. Crooklets Beach is a popular spot for sunbathing, swimming, and enjoying the scenic coastal views, with a few cafes and amenities nearby. 

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Widemouth Bay Beach

Widemouth Bay Beach is a sandy, Blue Flag beach located just south of Bude and accessible along the South West Coast Path. Known for its expansive stretch of sands and excellent surf conditions, Widemouth Bay is a favourite among surfers, families, and beach lovers. There is plenty to do here, alongside playing fetch with your pup, and it’s home to the distinctive formation.

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Breakwater Beach

Breakwater Beach is a small, sandy beach located within Bude's outer harbour, protected by a historic breakwater. This sheltered beach offers a tranquil environment, and at low tide, rock pools and small coves are revealed, providing opportunities for exploration and discovery. Let your pup sniff to their heart’s content!

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Tintagel Beach

Tintagel Beach is a picturesque cove situated near the iconic Tintagel Castle, which under control dogs are also welcome to explore. Accessed via a steep hill, the beach features golden sands, rock formations, and a stunning waterfall, making it a popular spot for photography and coastal walks. If you’re staying in the Bude holiday resort, it’s about a 45-minute drive.

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Discover Bude dog friendly beaches galore…

Bude, Cornwall, is home to so many dog friendly beaches, so it’s only right that if you’re staying in Bude, you have a guide to help you plan your beach holiday visits.

Plus, did you know that Bude gets more hours of sunshine than most British towns? In 2013, it was officially the sunniest spot in the country – all the more reason for visiting (but remember your sun cream and keep your furry friends cool too)!

As much as this guide has helped, we want to help you even more with a dog friendly beaches Bude map to help you navigate and plan your next trip even better. Then, once you’ve booked your trip, you’ll be fully prepared for your next dog friendly beach holiday in Bude!

Remember to always check the dog restrictions yourself before visiting as some may vary.

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