North Devon is blessed with more than its fair share of stunning stretches. For a start, the coastline boasts some of the largest beaches in the country. Saunton Sands is one of the most famous, a magnificent three-mile swathe that’s become synonymous with surfing and sand-yachting. Woolacombe is just as popular, a big beach which attracts both families and surfers. And of course Putsborough, near Braunton, offers an ideal blend of soft sand and rock-pooling – a real family favourite.
Needless to say, such beaches attract visitors, so if you’re after more secluded experiences, you could head for Bucks Mill in Clovelly, a pretty and quiet spot which is situated in a rocky cove at the end of the fishing village. Combesgate is another lovely tucked-away beach. At the far-right end of Woolacombe, it’s the perfect place for rock-pooling but does get cut off at high tide! And for the more intrepid, Rockham Beach at Mortehoe is a quiet bay that’s free of crowds, but the walk is just over a mile – you’ve been warned!