Beaches close to Roadford Lake Lodges

Devon and Cornwall are famous for their wonderful coast and beaches; staying at our lodges puts you within a short drive of some of the best of them! Relaxing on the sand, enjoying a swim or a surf and exploring rock pools all make going to the beach a fantastic day out. Equally exciting and exhilarating is a walk on the beach in the autumn or winter, with the wind in your face, dogs running free and the beach to yourself! 

Polzeath Beach with surfers

Sand and surf beaches

Cornish Blue Flag 2022 beaches

The beautiful sandy beaches of Bude are only 45 minutes away, including the Blue Flag 2022 Crooklets Beach and Summerleaze Beach. As well as sand and sea they offer all the trimmings of a seaside resort. Crooklets Beach only allows dogs off-season and Summerleaze Beach allows dogs on leads all year round.

Visit their website for more information on Bude’s beaches

Widemouth Bay Beach

Another popular beach is the beautiful Blue Flag 2022 Widemouth Bay Beach, only a 40-minute drive from our Roadford Lake Lodges. Stretching to almost 2 miles long, it has everything you would want: sand, good surf, rockpools and of course cafes for ice cream! Dogs are allowed all year round on the southern section of the beach.

Beach information for Widemouth Bay

Polzeath Beach

One of our favourite beaches for surfing and bodyboarding in Cornwall is the Blue Flag beach of Polzeath an hour away but well worth the trip in our opinion! When the tide is out, it offers a huge expanse of sand, popular with surfers due to its easily accessible location and long slow breaking consistent waves. Ensure you check the tides and surf before you depart on Magic Seaweed. Wetsuits, surf and bodyboards can be hired at the beach. Bring a picnic or enjoy a wood-fired pizza freshly cooked to order. Dogs are not allowed on the beach from 15th May to 30th September, 10 am to 6 pm.

Check the Polzeath webcam for an idea of the surf

Polzeath Beach details

Devon award-winning beaches

Westward Ho!

North Devon has some cracking beaches as well. Westward Ho! is only 45 minutes away and within 1 hour 45 minutes are the awesome award-winning surfing beach hotspots of Saunton Sands, Croyde Beach and Woolacombe Beach. Saunton Sands allows dogs all year round, Westward Ho! and Woolacombe beaches allow dogs all year round with some lead and zone restrictions and Croyde Beach allows dogs only off-season.

Visit the Devon beach guide for detailed information

National Trust and secluded beaches

Crackington Haven Beach

If you are looking for a quieter more secluded beach, then there are some gems hidden away on our coastline.

If you don’t mind a bit of a walk up and down a cliff path to get to a beach then only 40 minutes away is the shingle and sand beach at Crackington Haven, which is a bit more off-the-beaten-track. When the tide is out lovely sands are exposed, there are rock pools and it is a good swimming beach with lifeguard cover. Dogs are only allowed off-season.

Crackington Haven beach information

Sandymouth Bay and Duckpool Beach

Or try two beautiful National Trust beaches: Sandymouth Bay Beach and Duckpool Beach, only 45 to 50 minutes away. Sandymouth Bay Beach has a bit of a climb to get down to but once you get there it is well worth it with huge expanses of sand and lifeguard cover for swimming during the summer season; when the tide is out you can even walk to Bude and return on the coastal path to make a fantastic walk! It is dog-friendly all year round and has a National Trust carp ark and café. Though Duckpool is not suitable for swimming due to strong currents and no lifeguard cover, it is a beautiful sandy beach that welcomes dogs all year round, with a National Trust carpark and café, from where you can enjoy lovely cliff top and wooded valley walks.

Visiting Duckpool Beach

Sandymouth Bay Beach

Northcott Mouth Beach

Another National Trust beach is Northcott Mouth Beach, just North of Bude. This is a rugged and rocky cove but has a sandy beach when the tide is out. It’s great for surfing and for children with its stream and rock pools. Lifeguard cover is provided from July to September. Dogs are welcome all year round, and in the summer there is a tea caravan but no other facilities.

Northcott Mouth Beach

Peppercombe Beach

In North Devon is the well-kept secret of the National Trust’s Peppercombe Beach, just West of Hartland Point. This remote beach is only accessible by foot; it is found at the bottom of a secluded wooded valley and you’re likely to have it almost to yourself! It’s a rocky pebble beach, with some sand when the tide is out. It has lovely rock pools and beautiful marine wildlife. Dogs are welcome all year round.

Peppercombe Beach

So you are spoilt for choice and there is something for everyone whatever you want from a day out to the beach. Don’t forget the Southwest coastal path, which is breathtaking at any time of year; the North Devon and Cornwall coastal path is the most magnificent section of the coastal path and all these beaches are great places to explore the coastal path from. Visit our walking and cycling page for more detail.

Useful links when visiting the beaches in Devon and Cornwall


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Roadford Lake

Explore the trails and cycle routes around the 250 acres of Roadford Lake in the Wolf Valley, with breathtaking views across the trees and open fields surrounding our Devon lake lodge. The ideal retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

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