Bude Sea Pool

Bude Sea Pool is a partially man-made tidal swimming pool or lido in the rocks at Summerleaze Beach, Bude, Cornwall.[1]

Bude Sea Pool
Summerleaze Sea Pool.jpg
2007 photo
50°49′57″N 4°33′14″W / 50.832637°N 4.553809°W / 50.832637; -4.553809Coordinates: 50°49′57″N 4°33′14″W / 50.832637°N 4.553809°W / 50.832637; -4.553809
AddressSummerleaze Beach, Bude, Cornwall, England
Typetidal, seawater, lido
StatusENV2, Open areas of local significance
Length290 feet (88 m)
Width140 feet (43 m)
WebsiteBude Sea Pool


In 1930, The Thynne family put up half the money to create the pool and its sunbathing terraces.[2][3]


Its size is 290 x 140 feet (approximate dimensions, as the pool is not symmetrical) with an area of about 3,500m³. The volume is about 4000 m³ or 880,000 gallons, depending on how much sand the sea washes in.

RNLI and the Bude Surf Lifesaving Club use the pool for training and exams.

The pool is open 365 days a year, but only lifeguarded by RNLI during high seasons. On 19 October 2010 BBC Cornwall reported[4] 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.[5][6][7]

The Friends of Bude Sea Pool, a volunteer charity organisation, was formed in May 2011. The group aims to preserve, improve and enhance the sea pool as an amenity for the benefit of the community and visitors to the town.[8]


  1. ^ Sue Viccars (2008). Cornwall: Walks. Crimson Publishing. ISBN 0-7117-4981-7. The Bude Sea Pool on Summerleaze Beach offers safe bathing in seawater. It can be a bit seaweedy and quite deep in parts but it is free of strong currents and big waves, and patrolled by life guards for much of the summer.
  2. ^ North Cornwall District Council, Bude Conservation Area Appraisal (pdf)
  3. ^ Alexandra Buxton (26 July 2003). "Sea change". The Guardian.
  4. ^ Graham Smith (19 October 2010). "Cornwall's cuts budget". BBC Cornwall.
  5. ^ Graham Smith (10 November 2010). "This morning's Bude sea pool protest". BBC Cornwall.
  6. ^ Nathan Bale (8 November 2010). "Facebook: Save Bude Sea Pool". Facebook.
  7. ^ H2Open Magazine (10 June 2011). "H2Open magazine dives in to Save Bude Sea Pool campaign". Response Source.
  8. ^ "FoBSP website". Archived from the original on 2011-09-30.

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