Let’s face it, when the beaches were handed out Bude must have pretty close to the front of the queue, and Summerleaze Beach is one of its finest. This sprawling sandy beach doesn’t have a seasonal dog ban (although they must be kept on leads between 21 May and 30 September), and there’s always enough sand to avoid the crowds if you visit at low tide.
Grassy downs to the back of the beach mean your dog won’t want to leave, and it has the amenities to make a day at this beauty spot great fun. Less than a five minute walk from the centre of Bude, Summerleaze Beach is helpfully sheltered by the looming breakwater, so it’s a great choice for families as well as dog owners.
You could really embrace the seaside spirit and hire your own beach hut from between £10 and £20 per day (please contact Bude Tourist Information Centre) so you won’t even have to carry your chair and towels in the morning. The sea pool at the bottom of the cliffs means swimmers can enjoy the chance to take a dip no matter what the sea decides to do, and it’s cleaned by the tide every day.