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Bude Sea Pool

Summerleaze Beach, Bude, England
+44 1288 354240
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Granddaughter loved it

This free to use pool is unusual and great fun . It is cold in fact felt colder than the sea but... read more

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JANDDBritinParis
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Saint-Nom-la-Breteche, France
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Lovely pool

This pool was once under threat of closure, but thanks to the efforts of volunteers it has been... read more

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Christine K
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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Bude Sea Pool is a part-natural, partially man-made tidal swimming pool on the beach at this popular seaside town in North Cornwall. It was built in the 1930s under the cliffs of Summerleaze Beach to provide safe bathing in sea water, but away from the dangerous Atlantic currents in the bay. Measuring around 91m by 45m, it is topped up at high tide by the Atlantic Ocean. Since 2012 it is managed by the Friends of Bude Sea Pool, a not-for-profit charity that took over the facility when public funding was withdrawn. The spacious Pool provides plenty of room for paddling or serious swimming: inflatables, snorkels, surfboards and even scuba divers are welcome - just be considerate of other users, please. Bude Sea Pool is open throughout the year and is FREE for all to enjoy. Lifeguards are on duty at peak times. Children must be accompanied at Bude Sea Pool at all times.
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  • Very good21%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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“lovely swim” (10 reviews)
“shallow area” (14 reviews)
“shallow end” (14 reviews)
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Summerleaze Beach, Bude, England
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+44 1288 354240
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Reviewed today via mobile

This free to use pool is unusual and great fun . It is cold in fact felt colder than the sea but you soon get used to it and it feels safe and of course it’s calm - no waves ! It’s topped up every...More

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Reviewed today

This pool was once under threat of closure, but thanks to the efforts of volunteers it has been saved It provides a safe place for people to swim rather than venturing into the sea and there are lifeguards around

Thank Christine K
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Lovely sea water pool which was a godsend in this hot weather. Lifeguard on duty and deckchair hire Clean and well maintained through a charity

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Got there early in the morning in mid summer and was able to put in a good triathlon training swim in the quiet, it does get much busier later in the day, so if you looking for a swim go early.

Thank RHINOTHOMAS
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I love this facility and use it every time we are in Cornwall. Also lots and lots of fun at high tide :D

Thank DanMilton
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I am just back from a day at the pool it was fabulous. Its big enough to swim lengths or widths at the deep end without bumping into people. Water clean and clear. A tiny bit warmer than sea. The sea there is great, but...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Sometimes, swimming in the sea involves too much walking and wading to get to deep enough water, and then the waves can disrupt your swimming. The Tidal Pool is just great to swim in. No sand and mostly it's deep water, but for some that's...More

Thank AndyfromDorset
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our time here. The pool was warm and our toddlers loved paddling in the shallows then watching the waves roll in later. It’s a beautiful spot and locally run. You can buy small souvenirs to support it. Well worth a visit.

Thank Polarexplorer2006
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved the sea pool in Bude and had a lovely swim every day before having a paddle in the sea while watching the surfers doing their stuff.This is a fantastic facility for Bude and needs all the support it can get as it is...More

Thank linda h
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cornwall’s beaches can be a bit iffy if you’re not an experienced swimmer (tides, rocks etc) so if you fancy a splash about and somewhere safe to take the children, the Sea Pool is ideal. We visited twice last week. It’s free to use the...More

Thank Antoinette E
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LilyRoseD
June 18, 2017|
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Response from Frances F | Property representative |
The Sea Pool is in full sun from lunchtime onwards but if the tide is out there is a little shade by the cliffs on the adjoining Summerleaze Beach. Beach umbrellas are available from the Beach Office or nearby Life's a Beach... More
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Jen G
May 18, 2017|
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Response from Frances F | Property representative |
I would say yes, the sea and the pool temperature is still only around 13 degrees, so your swim will be much more enjoyable with a wet suit. There are several places in Bude where you can hire wet suits for the day at low... More
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zzif
May 14, 2017|
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Response from Frances F | Property representative |
Yes you can take these items into the sea pool. Enjoy!! From Frances Faulkner, Friends of Bude Sea Pool
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