Widemouth Bay was awarded a Blue Flag earlier this year for the 4th consecutive year. The iconic Blue Flag is one of the world most recognised awards given out by the Foundation for Environmental Education. It is an international quality mark for beaches across the globe. In order to qualify for the Blue Flag, a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety, and accessibility criteria must be met and maintained.

Dog walking on the Blue Flag beachWidemouth Bay is a long open bay. At high tide the beach becomes separated by the rocky outcrops. You can walk from one end to the other at low tide. At high tide you need to walk along the headland.

Blue Flag Facilities

Both beaches have their own car parks and cafes offering a selection of drinks, snacks and ice creams as well as toilet facilities. Additional pubs and restaurants are within easy walking distance.

Dog friendly

The southern part of the beach, Black Rock, welcomes dogs all year round. The northern part of the beach welcomes dogs from October to Easter.


RNLI on Widemouth Bay - A Blue Flag beachThe RNLI lifeguards operate a service at both beach during peak season, usually between the hours of 10am-6pm. For exact dates and services, please check the RNLI website.

The beach is popular with families and surfers alike. When the tide is out, the beach offers an expanse of rock pools to investigate the local wildlife. The sandy beaches offer excellent opportunities to build sand castles, sunbathe and relax while listening to the soothing sounds of the gentle waves.

1 The Mallows

Our house is situated at the Southern end of the beach, just before Black Rock. You need to cross Marine Drive to access the beach either via Black Rock car park or the quicker route is to use the beach path. Walk up the road to the corner of Leaverlake Road (1 house up) and then cross over Marine Drive to access the beach path. You can walk from the house to the beach in about 5 minutes.