Croyde and Putsborough Cottages
One of North Devon’s most renowned coastal locations is the pretty village of Croyde, known for its glorious beach with sand dunes, excellent surf and vibrant village feel. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) it is protected and preserved for all to enjoy it. No wonder this village is so popular with holidaymakers!
Croyde is a surfing mecca and you’ll find a number of places to hire equipment or arrange lessons. If you are feeling more adventurous why not explore the coast with an exhilarating coasteering session or book yourself onto a SUP (stand up paddleboard) coastal tour and get up close to the marine wildlife. Surfing isn’t the only reason holidaymakers are attracted here, the wide expanse of golden sand offers plenty of opportunity to find a secluded spot to spend the day building the perfect sand-castle or exploring the abundance of rock pools.
Croyde’s sheltered bay and life guard presence are also another good reason why this a great family destination. When it’s time to leave the beach there are plenty of places to retire to, whether you are looking for a cup of tea or a fabulous evening meal, Croyde has so much choice. In the centre of this lively village is The Thatch, a pub which comes into its own during the summer months. For a real cracker of a Devon Cream Tea (always spread your cream first before jam!) the May Cottage Tea Rooms is the perfect spot to relax in.
No all activities in Croyde are water based. There’s some excellent coastal walking around the National Trust’s Baggy Point headland and surrounding area, well worth it for the breath-taking views. If that’s not enough to keep you busy you can try your hand at horse riding, golf, tennis and cycling, all of which are available in the village.During the summer months Croyde hosts the ever-popular Goldcoast Oceanfest which is a packed weekend full of water sports, outdoor adventure and a live music… not to be missed if you like to party!
Just North of Croyde and separated by the huge headland of Baggy Point is Putsborough Sands, the unspoilt southern end of Woolacombe Beach, 3 miles away. With its miles of golden sands, crystal clear waters, great surf, rock pools and onsite café and toilets, Putsborough is a great location if you want a gentler away-from-it all feel. If it’s a windy day, it’s also a great place to escape to a more sheltered beach.