40. Crooklets

The northernmost of our sites, at Bude, on the north east coast of Cornwall. 

This beach is west facing and separated from Summerleaze Beach, to the south, by a promontory with maritime grassland.

There is very little dune present. It is mainly in patches around the promenade and car park. There is some exposed dune on the right bank of the Crooklets Stream but the top is developed for amenity purposes.

The top of the beach is highly armoured with cobbles banked up over sand. The sand is soft but with more slatey fragments than at Summerleaze Beach, next door.

There is active erosion and WW2 tank trap blocks are being used as protection where the promenade has collapsed.

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: PU40.4
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 Crooklets page on the 'Let's Talk Cornwall' website will appear here in due course.