Tide times around Bude

Sandymouth beach at low tide

It's easy for the tides to take us by surprise so it can be a good idea to check what time high tide is before you arrive at the beach.

Sandymouth, Northcott Mouth and Duckpool beaches are very tidal. This means at high tide the sea covers a majority of the beach. It’s worth looking ahead at the tide times before your visit. Here is some more information on what the tides mean and how to plan your visit around them.

What does high and low tide mean?

Tide times tell us at what time the sea will be nearest the land and furthest away. Or in other words, how much beach will be covered by the sea. At high tide the sea is closest to the land and at low tide there is the most beach available.

When should I visit?

It all depends on what you’re planning to do. If you’re hoping to spend a long day on the beach then we’d suggest trying to arrive an hour or two before low tide. 
At low tide there is usually the most sand and rockpools too. Please remember that the coast is a dynamic environment and constantly changing. The sand can be moved around by the tides and sea condition so we can’t predict exactly what the beach will look like each day. This is part of the magic of the coast.

If you want to go for a walk along the coast path then any time will work for you. However, at busy periods you might want to consider visiting at high tide when the car park can be quieter.

Remember to give yourself plenty of time to get back to the beach entrance before the incoming tide comes in. Getting cut off is more easily done than you might think.

Check the predicted tide times for the Bude area here.