National Trust Beaches in North Cornwall: Blue Skies at Northcott Mouth

Part I:

Now that we’re finished with our Norfolk mini series, I’m going to do an even shorter series, this time closer to home.  As mentioned, we are National Trust members, and even though we’ve lived here in Cornwall for almost a decade, there are still places, especially beaches where we haven’t visited yet.  Shameful really.  Like I’ve mentioned in the past, when you live here, there are moments, when you take the place for granted and only remember when we have visitors down and wonder where to take them.

Last summer, gasp, do I really dare speak of it in past tense?  Whatever happened to my hope of an Indian summer?  I think that’s all a dream now especially since the temperature seems to be going nowhere but down.  I digress, last summer indeed.  When a friend visited, we decided to explore three of the National Trust beaches which we haven’t been to, considering they are not a long drive from where we live.

The first is the Nortcott Mouth Beach in Bude, the nearest town to us, about a 30-minute drive from our house.  We went there the last week of August.  Families were getting read to wind down from their summer holidays and go back to the routine of work and doing the school run.  But that day on the beach, no one really thought about it, or maybe, tried not to think about it, especially since it was one of those perfect days on the beach.  The sky was blue and the temperature was just right – a good combination of not too warm and not too cold.

And there she is, T the Cornish mouse, very rare and absolutely local to Cornwall.  You’ll find her mostly on the beach with her orange net, either in her swimsuit or wet-suit with bedraggled hair.  She loves going crab-hunting with her dad.

Catch of the day: a very sad looking crab.  I don’t think it was pleased to be caught by little T.


And when she got tired of looking for poor crabs and fish, she decided that the water beckoned her.

Yes, it was indeed one perfect day beach day.

And after a turn on her bodyboard and letting her catch go, it was time to pack up and leave. Click here for directions on how to get to Northcott Mouth Beach.  Parking is free for National Trust members.  This beach has a cafe nearby, and seasonal lifeguards and of course, lovely headland walks too.  This is after all Cornwall 🙂

If you’ve missed our Norfolk Mini-Series, click here for a little read.

Have you ever been to a National Trust beach?


  1. Samantha Mayers

    Oh wow this beach looks so beautiful. We have some amazing beaches in the UK don’t we. I have never been here but I will have to visit one day. Your pictures are fab.

    • Don’t worry about the cold, it never really gets that cold down here in Cornwall 😉

    • You’ll love it! When you have little ones being a member of the NT or EH is really worth the money. You’ll be able to save loads of money, not to mention not to have to worry about where to take them on day trips out 🙂 They both also have lots of activities for kids for every season/occasion 🙂

  2. This looks like a perfect day! I love beaches, we really missed them when we lived in Germany. The boys were introduced to a beach for the first time the other week – they loved it ! Shame we moved back towards the end of summer, just need to look forward to next year xxx

    • It’s still fun to visit the beach even in Autumn or even Winter! 🙂 Welcome back. xxx

  3. Ana De- Jesus

    I have never been to A National Trust Beach but Cornwall is beautiful and I know it has a fantastic scope of beaches x

  4. This sounds like a lovely place to explore! It amazes me how many beautiful beaches this country has. I’ve never been to a national trust beach but I would love to check one out! Great post x

  5. beautiful weather and it looks like a fantastic day out! We want to visit cornwall soon it’s perfect for taking the kids

  6. Westcountry Mum

    I haven’t been to Bude in ages – we are National Trust members so will have to take a look next time we are in the area. We’ve visited Bedruthen Steps, Porth Nanven and Cape Cornwall – our favourite place to go on holiday!

  7. Looks like a lovely beach. Glad the weather cooperated for a fun day in the sun. #CountryKids

  8. Fiona Cambouropoulos

    Reading this I realise how much I tend to stick to the same beaches. It is usually Polzeath for us which is our closest. Bude is only about 40 minutes and this beach looks lovely. I do remember that last week of August being beautiful. We actually made it for a body board at the beach today but it was not the lovely blue you had here. I’m adding Northcott Mouth to my list of beaches to try.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

    • We’ve just discovered our favourite beach last month. Haven’t written about it yet though 😉

  9. Mary @ Over 40 and a Mum to One

    I’ll have to add this one to my list for our next Cornish adventure, looks stunning #CountryKids

  10. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)

    That does indeed look like the perfect beach day. T looks so at home on the beach with her orange net. That crab doesn’t look too happy about being caught though! #countrykids

  11. Sara | mumturnedmom

    What a perfect beach day, and what a lovely beach too. I didn’t realise that NT had beaches, you learn something new every day! #countrykids
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