Five Reasons why Widemouth Bay is a Fave

There’s no doubt summer is fading and it’s happening really fast!  In spite of that though, it still manages to show up once in a while as if to say “You haven’t seen the last of me yet!” And last Sunday it definitely felt just a little bit like our favourite time of the year was still hanging around with us.

One of our favourite jaunts here on our side of England, especially when the weather is good is a place called Widemouth Back, if you’ve been following my blog, you’ve probably heard me mention the name in past posts.  It’s a place where we like to go to, especially since it’s only about a 20-minute drive from where we live.  Why do we keep coming back, you may ask?  Here are a number of reasons:

A Long Beach

Perfect for walking the dog and for little ones to run around like loonies since it has a long stretch of beach, regardless of whether it is low tide or high tide.  You see, there are some beaches here in Cornwall that disappear as soon as the tide comes in.  You’ll need perfect timing to visit those beaches.

Here at Widemouth, it doesn’t really matter what time of the day you come.  You’re guaranteed to have nice long walk in the sand.


And when it is low tide, it has the most interesting and massive area of rock pools to explore, not just for children, but for rock pool aficionados just like my husband.  He and little T can spend hours and hours exploring every nook and cranny much to the annoyance of the little creatures who call it home.  I can imagine an emergency siren going through all the rock pools announcing T and her Dad’s presence.  Ugh.  Them again!  Apologies creatures of the sea…

A Headland

Once you get tired of mucking about in the beach, there is also a headland nearby to walk the dog or do a little bit of hiking.  The views up there are breathtaking. And there are a few dotted benches around, where you can just sit, rest and take in the lovely picture-perfect view of the ocean like this couple I spied on our walk:

The last time we were here, this touching memorial bench wasn’t even around:

I can imagine why her mother loved this spot.  One can just spend hours staring out to sea, provided of course you’re dressed for strong winds, especially when the weather isn’t cooperating.


And if that isn’t enough reasons, there is also a nearby cafe where one can order delicious hot chocolate, ice-cream and other snacks like this yummy waffle T had fun devouring.  A great place to seek refuge especially since the Cornish (or should I say English weather) drastically changes from good to bad within minutes.

Public Toilet

And lastly, all parents with young children will understand why I included this on the list:  Widemouth Bay has a nearby public toilet!  Perfect for those emergencies that often come with spending long times on the beach.  There are loads of lovely beaches here in Cornwall, but sadly most of them have toilets that are very far from the beach and when you’re running with your child about to do a number two, a nearby toilet is heaven-sent!

So if you’re visiting down here in North Cornwall and want a little bit of everything, chances are Widemouth bay might just foot the bill.

Have you been to North Cornwall?

What’s your favourite jaunt in the area? Do share.


  1. ortsofsorts

    It sounds like a lovely place for an adventure! Thank you for sharing this location with us, and for sharing the memorial to Mrs. Frost (I believe that’s right). The waffle looked so delish I would love to have one right now! Also, I remember the days when bathroom proximity was very important. My youngest is 10 now and we have much less frequency of “running” to find a bathroom!

  2. OK, I’m totally sold. The next time we’re down we are heading straight for here, it sounds ideal 🙂

  3. MummyTravels

    This sounds like the perfect beach – a bit of everything (and I agree about the toilets). I do love the North Cornwall coast although I don’t know this stretch as well so will have to add it to my list. #countrykids

  4. Coombe Mill

    Widemouth Bay is a fab beach, we’ve been a couple of times but it’s our Apprentice Amber’s closest beach and she’s always saying how lovely it is there. My lot love it for the reasons you’ve stated as well as the fact that it’s perfect for surfing too! It looks like T has a fab time exploring all the rock pools with her dad, what a great way to spend the day. Thanks for linking up with me on Country Kids.

  5. Kriss MacDonald

    Five fab reasons for us to visit! I still haven’t taken my two rock pooling and they would just love this one. I must must go soon to Cornwall!

  6. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    This sounds perfect, and knowing about the toilets is definitely a good thing 🙂 I haven’t found a beach with rock pools here yet, I must do that, such a lot of fun! #countrykids

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