Summerleaze Beach, Bude, EX23 8HN
Tel: (01288) 488118
A pool almost in the sea
Bude Sea Pool is a semi-natural amenity that provides a haven for free and safe bathing and other water-based activities. Access to the pool is unrestricted and free of any admission charge, although it costs over £30,000 every year to keep it open and safe. Almost 60,000 people visit Bude Sea Pool every year, making it the Number One visitor attraction in Bude. It is right on on the South West Coast Path just above Summerleaze Beach.
In 1930, The Thynne family put up half the money to create the pool and its sunbathing terraces. This semi-natural pool, measuring 290 x 140 feet, was created under the curve of the cliffs in a conservation area. It provides the unique experience of being in or on the sea, close to the ferocity of the Atlantic Ocean, but sheltered from its extreme effects. It is filled twice daily at high tide with sea water (so totally untreated and unheated). Slopes and ladders are provided for access.
The pool is open 365 days a year, but only lifeguarded by RNLI during high seasons. On 19th October 2010, BBC Cornwall reported that the pool may face funding cuts as part of Cornwall Council's spending review. The possibility of cuts has drawn significant levels of protest from residents of Bude and beyond. The Friends of Bude Sea Pool, a volunteer charity organisation, was formed in May 2011 to preserve, improve and enhance the sea pool as an amenity for the benefit of the community and visitors to the town.
Alongside Summerleaze Beach.
Bude Bude-Stratton Museum Tamar Lakes Country Park The Castle Bude Canal
The Coastal Footpath Bude Visitor Centre