39. Summerleaze

At Bude, on the north east coast of Cornwall. This beach is west facing.

There are sand dunes on the right bank (north side) of the River Neet. The active faces are over-steepened where gabions are present. This
issue appears improved where gabions have recently been removed.

There is rock armour in front of the RNLI post and Council car park. The sand dune active face is in a poor condition here.

The sand is very soft and mainly calcareous with little in the way of lithic fragments. There is some natural armouring of the beach in bands with large, rounded cobbles.

The vegetated dunes contain scrub and invasives including Sea Buckthorn.

Between Summerleaze Beach and Crooklets Beach, to the north, there is active cliff erosion.

Walkover report and photos of 29 October 2021


Dunes constrained by assets, parking.
Closed system/sediment starvation. Issues with windblown sand. Poor ecological condition. Coastal squeeze. Recreational pressure. Poor interpretation.

Potential Actions
Allow dunes space to migrate landward, relocate assets (RNLI), utilising space provide by beach car park.
Community Groups
  • Climate Action Bude
  • Bude Cleaner Seas
  • Greener Bude
  • Bude Surf Life Saving Club.
Key Stakeholders
  • Cornwall Council
  • RNLI
CCMA potential
Shoreline Management Plan
SMP Management Area: MA40
SMP Policy Unit: PU40.3
SMP Policies:
  • Present - Managed Realignment
  • Transition - Managed Realignment
  • Target - No Active Intervention
Link to SMP Chapter 4 assessment for Management Area 40

A link to the Summerleaze page on the 'Let's Talk Cornwall' website will appear here in due course.