Things to see and do at Sandymouth
Sandymouth is a popular and unspoilt beach but like the other beaches north of Bude it can be very tidal. Here's some information that will help you plan your visit so you don't get caught out and also discover what’s on offer for you to do during your visit.
Mind the tides at Sandymouth
Sandymouth, Northcott Mouth and Duckpool beaches are very tidal, which means at high tide the sea covers a majority of the beach.
As it's easy for the tides to take us by surprise it’s a good idea to check ahead the tide times before your arrival.
Check the predicted tide times for the Bude area before you visit.
RNLI lifeguard cover is in place at Sandymouth from 13 May to 24 September, 2023.
Best time to visit?
It all depends on what you’re planning to do. If you’re hoping to spend a long day on the beach then the advice is to try arriving an hour or two before low tide. At low tide there’s usually the most sand and rock pools to observe.
Remember that the coast is a dynamic environment and constantly changing; the sand can be moved around by the tides and sea condition so no one can predict exactly what the beach will look like each day. This is part of the magic of the coast.
Where to walk at Sandymouth
There are a couple of enjoyable walking trails to enjoy at Sandymouth. The Sandymouth to Duckpool coastal walk follows the South West Coast Path to Duckpool before returning along the same route. Views stretch far along the coast, with the clifftops adorned with wildflowers during the summer months.
Meanwhile the Sandymouth to Stowe Wood circular walk offers contrasting landscapes as it follows dramatic coastline to Duckpool before heading inland along a wooded valley, through the centuries-old Stowe Wood before heading back to Sandymouth. This route is also ideal for birdwatchers – look out for blackcaps, linnets and stonechats.
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.
Under-control dogs are welcome at Sandymouth. Find out more about planning a visit here with your four-legged friend, including details of the Canine Code. Sandymouth is a two pawprint rated place.
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