Northcott Mouth boasts the mysterious feel that’s unique to beaches on the north Cornwall coast, and whether it’s a warm, sunny day or a mid-winter storm its broody atmosphere makes it stunning. This Bude beach is a little pebbly, but there’s sand at low tide and the dramatic cliffs that surround it add to its cosy feel.
This rocky cove transforms into a wide sandy beach at low tide, and if you look out to sea you’ll see the wreck of the SS Belem emerge from the waves. The ship went down in 1917 and its propeller shaft was reused to support Barrel Rock at the end of Bude’s breakwater.
The rockpools that appear at low tide and a stream that runs straight down the beach make great fun for children, and there’s a lifeguard service for added peace of mind. Although there are no toilets or facilities, there's a tearoom close to the beach and you’ll find a National Trust car park nearby. There’s no charge for the car park but there’s an honesty box for donations.
If you visit during summer you’ll be able to buy tea from a traditional caravan that comes complete with a country garden, so for a quiet beach with plenty of character make your way to this one.