Bude Sandy Mouth


Bude Sandymouth
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2018 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

A spectacular 2m long beach with a vast expanse of sand which is covered at high tide. The beach has rockpools and is bordered by high cliffs. It is reached by a moderately steep stony track from the car park. Popular with surfers and holiday makers.


This beach is popular with surfers and is great for rookpooling at low tide. You can also swim, windsurf and fish here. There is zoning for water sports.

Wildlife and Walks

The South West Coast Path (National Trail) goes past Sandymouth, which is renowned for its spectacular views. Dolphins and basking sharks have been seen offshore and, hugging the coastline, you might catch sight of a peregrine falcon.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, 15th May to 30th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2018 Excellent

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
Large breaking waves Large breaking waves
Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

For more information visit rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at Bude Sandy Mouth

Food Food



There is a National Trust (NT) car park with 200 spaces 300 yards from the beach. There is a charge for using the car park (unless NT member).

Dog restrictions


Dogs to be kept on leads to and from the beach. Dogs are welcome under control all year round.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned weekly by National Trust staff and volunteers.



Dates and times

Service provided by

RLNI - More information about dates and times

Please ensure you read beach notice boards for any changes to lifeguard service. Please see safety tab for more information on beach safety.