Widemouth Beach is a very popular for surfing. This is due to the the convenient position of beach carparks, the large beach area and (of course) the waves that break there.
The waves at Widemouth Bay often break more gently than Bude’s other surfing beaches and this is for two main reasons. Firstly, Widemouth Bay is positioned in the corner of Bude’s west facing coastline. This offers the bay some shelter from the brunt of Atlantic swells which often makes the waves smaller and less powerful than other local beaches. The second reason is due to the shape of the bay and low lying areas at the top of the beach. These low lying areas at the top of the beach allow sand (which is blown around by the wind) to escape off of the beach and not be built up at the top. If the sand was prevented from leaving the beach, then it would cause the beach (and waves) to be much steeper and less favourable for those learning. The beach is also large which allows for the sand to move around. This movement of sand caused by the wind and the waves creates sand banks. It’s these sand banks along with the swell that moves over them which dictates the shape, speed and power of the waves. So with less swell and more gently sloping sandbanks means Widemouth Bay is a great place to surf for beginner and intermediate surfers.
Widemouth Bay sits 2.5 miles to the south of Bude town. The large bay is made up of two main beaches both with their own carpark, cafe and toilet facilities. Black Rock Beach sits at the south end of Widemouth Bay and Trelawny Beach to the North. The name Trelawny has all but faded away and Trelawny Beach is now more commonly referred to as Widemouth Beach. Both beaches can be accessed by one another across the sand unless there is a spring high tide where the beaches are cut off from one another.