Tell people you live in North Devon and they will invariably have heard of Croyde, even if they don’t know anywhere else in the area. Probably best known for its surf, when the conditions are right Croyde produces steep, powerful waves which attract surfers from far and wide. Perhaps not the best place to learn to surf, it is nevertheless very popular with novices and experienced surfers alike. The sand is fine and golden, great for sandcastles and ideal for a family day on the beach. There are plenty of surf hire shops for wetsuits, body boards, surf boards and places to book surf lessons. Parking can be found at either end of the beach, although it’s probably best to park at the Baggy End if you want to be closer to amenities. However, if you park at Downend you will find the beach quieter and children always have fun playing in amongst the rocks.
Dogs are allowed on the beach between October and April so Croyde is great for walking, particularly if you are following the South West coast path from Saunton and continue up and around Baggy Point to Putsborough. There are also some lovely paths leading back to the village through the dunes to explore. If you’re a National Trust member then you can park in Baggy car park for free, take a walk around Baggy Point, with its stunning views, then grab a cuppa in Sandleigh Tearooms. Their walled garden with its raised beds is delightful!
Croyde village has a really good mix of pubs, restaurants, surf shops, gift shops, tea rooms and a Post Office. Last year the village stores underwent a total facelift and reopened with a fabulous new look, a shop filled with delicious local produce, delicatessen and treats as well as a licensed café and restaurant.
If you need to entertain the children on a rainy day a quick trip to Cascades pool will help them burn off some energy and The Thatch, Manor and Billy Budd’s are all child friendly pubs where you can also get a decent pint of the local brew too.