This seasonal visit was at the height of the visitor season, on a warm, 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 boards. 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, varying between bright sunshine and hail. At low tide, the beach has an enormous expanse of sand, rock and river channel. This beach is head on to the Atlantic, wild and hypnotic when you’re on the waterline. 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.
Charlie takes us back in time.
Ted explains the pull of the beach.
Mini, aka Martin, explains what Surf Life Saving Clubs offer, from a young age into adult life.
The wide expanse of Summerleaze beach in Bude, at low tide.
I saw the wild beauty of North Cornwall at its finest during this trip to Bude. As I arrived in stormy conditions at Summerleaze beach, 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.
My chat with waitress Sarah at the Life’s a Beach cafe, on Summerleaze beach in Bude, North Cornwall.
Summerleaze beach at low tide in December, on a stormy day.
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 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.