Find places to stay in and around Widemouth Bay in North Cornwall. Widemouth Sand is one of many Atlantic facing beaches along this stretch of the coast. The area offers great coastal walking, too, on the South West Coast Path.
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Widemouth Bay, Cornwall, Visitor & Tourism Guide



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AONB: Cornwall
Select Towns & Villages: Bude, Crackington Haven, Boscastle, Tintagel, Padstow, Polzeath, Port Isaac, Bodmin, St. Austell, Fowey, Newquay, Truro, Perranporth, St. Ives, Constantine Bay, Trevone, Mawgan Porth
Across the border in Devon: Clovelly, Woolacombe, Mortehoe. See also the North Devon AONB, Dartmoor National Park and Exmoor National Park

Massive Atlantic beach
In North Cornwall, close to the Devon border, is a straight stretch of coastline with a handful of top surfing beaches. Widemouth Sand, in front of Widemouth Bay, is the largest of these beaches. Given its size, there are various car parks along its way. At low tide, it's a huge expanse of sand and rock pools. Along with much of the coastline north to Hartland Point, there are also extraordinary rock structures in the cliff faces.

The South West Coast Path runs through Widemouth Bay. Walk north to Bude Compass Tower and Point for awesome views of Lundy out at sea and the Bude Bay coastline. Walk south, through National Trust coastline, to Crackington Haven. The coastline here is big and demanding. If you fancy a challenge, head up High Cliff (Boscastle/Crackington Haven), said to be Cornwall's highest cliff.

The local area
For local beaches other than Widemouth Sand, try Bude Summerleaze Beach and Northcott Mouth Beach, Sandy Mouth Beach and Duckpool Beach. To the south, visit Trebarwith Strand and the beaches that line the River Camel and Estuary.

To the south of Widemouth Bay, popular tourist attractions include Boscastle Harbour and Tintagel Castle. South of those, visit Port Isaac Harbour & Beach. Inland, head to Bodmin Moor. Rough Tor (Bodmin) is popular.

For towns and villages, in addition to Bude, drive north to Clovelly. To the south, visit both Boscastle and Tintagel. South of those, visit Port Isaac, Polzeath, Rock and Padstow.

Day trips
If you're on holiday in the Widemouth Bay area for any period of time, we'd recommend exploring other areas in Devon and Cornwall. Read our recommendations for places to visit and things to do in the North Devon AONB and Exmoor National Park, Dartmoor National Park and Tamar Valley AONB.

For day trip attractions, we'd suggest the National Trust's Lanhydrock House and Gardens and The Eden Project. Cycle The Camel Trail and, if you have kids, visit Cornwall's Crealy Great Adventure Park. A little further away, we'd suggest trips to The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Charlestown Harbour. Mevagissey is a delight.


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Widemouth Bay Telephone Cable, Cornwall

Located in Widemouth Bay, Cornwall, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

At the car park behind Widemouth Sand, you'll see a 'TELEPHONE CABLE' sign. Widemouth Bay is a cable landing point. For detailed information, refer to the 'Cable landing point' article on Wikipedia to which we provide an...

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Widemouth Sand, Cornwall

Located in Widemouth Bay, Cornwall, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

Big, sand beach on the North Cornwall coast. There's plenty of parking along the back of the beach. There are toilets and shops selling food and beach items, too. An Atlantic-facing beach, Widemouth Sand is popular with...

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Bluesy Beach House
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Less than a mile away.

Total Bedrooms: 2; Maximum Occupants: 4; Rates: 489 - 1,189 Per Week

Bluesy Beach House is a fantastic holiday home situated just a stone's throw away from the beach at Widemouth Bay. It is in the perfect position for surfing and other watersports, beachcombing, rock pooling, snorkeling,...

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Elements', Widemouth Bay
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Approximately 1.3 miles away.

Total Rooms: 11; Rates: 48 - 95 Per Night

In beautiful grounds on the cliffs between Bude and Widemouth Bay, Elements' has fantastic coastal and countryside views Enjoy superb rooms, excellent leisure facilities and a fine dinner menu...

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Atlantic House Hotel, Bude
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Approximately 2.9 miles away.

Total Rooms: 16; Rates: 45 - 89 Per Night

With an ideal location in an unspoilt town, this hotel has a commanding panoramic view of the beach and Cornwall's Atlantic heritage coast The hotel is in the centre of a Victorian crescent overlooking Summerleaze Beach...

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