This seasonal visit was at the height of the visitor season on a warm and sunny day. Although it was quite early, there were plenty of tourists on Summerleaze beach, mingling with the early morning dog walkers. The tide was racing in across the flat beach and clean surf had attracted some early birds with their surfboards. It was shaping up to be a typical North Cornwall day in mid-August.
With Jayne on the waterline at Summerleaze beach in Bude, reflecting on a life spent at the beach.
Looking down on Summerleaze beach in the morning.
A straightforward analysis from Janet.
Seasonal showers greeted me at Summerleaze beach in Bude, the weather varying between bright sunshine and hail. At low tide the beach is an enormous expanse of sand, rock and river channel. Summerleaze sits head on to the Atlantic, wild and hypnotic when you’re by the water. Bude is very hospitable and open to visitors, yet retains a proud independence. The depth of affection for Bude, plus pride and belonging to a community, radiates from all three interviews.
Ted explains the pull of the beach.
Mini, aka Martin, explains what Surf Life Saving Clubs offer from a young age into adult life.
Charlie takes us back in time.
I saw the wild beauty of North Cornwall at its finest during this trip to Bude. On arrival in stormy conditions half a dozen horses and riders were enjoying the surf and spray on the shoreline. The beach is extensive at low tide and easily accessible, either from the town on foot or via the adjacent car park. Everything is to hand, including a wonderful lido fed by the sea called Bude Sea Pool.
A chat with waitress Sarah at the Life’s a Beach cafe on Summerleaze beach.
The tide was high at Summerleaze beach for this re-visit. Bude has one of only two sea locks in the country. The lock gates had been opened to allow the fishing boats into the safety of the inner harbour for winter. At the other end of the beach hardy dog walkers enjoyed the bracing wind and the lively seascape. The Sea Pool was full, its steps and railings taking the full force of the Atlantic, a stormy day indeed.
The appeal of the beach, part of Jason’s decision to re-locate.
A wild high tide at Summerleaze beach in Bude.