North Devon with its rugged coast and excellent surf is an ideal place for surfing holidays. Whether you want to test yourself on the Croyde waves, take a lesson at Woolacombe or Saunton or just hang out at Putsborough there are surfing opportunities for all.
Surfing North Devon
The North Devon coastline offers surfing opportunities as diverse as its stunning coastline.
Getting started... Saunton Beach
Beginners should head to Saunton Beach with its three and a half mile stretch of golden sand, backed by stunning sand dunes. Saunton produces perfect mellow waves which will help beginners to get up and surfing in no time and there’s plenty of space too so you shouldn’t feel crowded. It also produces perfect conditions for long-boarders as the waves roll in, line after line - beautiful long slow "rollers" that prove to be an irresistible draw for surfers from all over the country.
Booking lessons is simple, several surf schools operate from Saunton Beach car park so you can just turn up or book in advance. Try Sarah Whiteley’s Walking on Waves Surf School or Surf South West.
Croyde Bay’s Curling Waves
Croyde Bay is popular with more experienced surfers thanks to its hollow and powerful low tide waves. Smaller than Woolacombe and Saunton the beach can become quite crowded at busy times and surfers need to beware of the rocks and rips, especially as the waves get bigger. That said, there are plenty of surf schools in Croyde with very experienced instructors, so, whilst not the easiest place to learn, if you like a challenge and conditions are right you’ll get a great lesson.
Woolacombe Beach – a break for everyone
Woolacombe, another long sandy beach, offers plenty of space for surfers at all levels and works at all points of the tide, producing lovely long lined-up sets that are popular with long-boarders. For those new to surfing there are plenty of surf schools in the village and, of course, some great places to sit and relax overlooking the sea whilst family members or friends take a lesson.
Putsborough Beach – the sheltered option
At the opposite end of Woolacombe beach is Putsborough – sheltered from Southerly and South Westerly winds, Putsborough is the place to head when it’s messy at Woolacombe or just too big at Croyde.
Westward Ho! – laid back surfing
The waves at WestWard Ho! are perfect for the beginner and intermediate surfer.
A fairly mellow, uncrowded beach, ideal for improving and practising, where you don’t have to worry about getting in the way of others or others getting in your way!
All the beaches mentioned have plenty of car parking nearby, toilet facilities and somewhere to grab a warming drink or refreshing ice cream and perhaps a bite to eat after you’ve worked up an appetite on your board.
A cream tea greets your arrival at Forda. We are a working farm with sheep, beef, 3 cats and 3 sheepdogs. Close to the Devon and Cornwall border, we are in the perfect place to explore both counties.
Spacious 4* cottages set in unspoilt countryside overlooking the sea - minutes from the golden sandy beaches at Woolacombe, Saunton & Croyde and a short walk from Lee Bay and the Grampus village pub.
Peace, comfort and a warm welcome where we offer the little extras that attract guests back time and time again. 2 miles from Sidmouth seafront. Lovely coastal walks and views from the farm.
On the peaceful Spreacombe Estate, 3.5 miles from Woolacombe Beach we have 6 family run cottages and a converted barn meeting room. Dog friendly (except Clematis), Child friendly, ideal for walking.
Delightful cottages on working Dairy farm, explore the area for fantastic coastline, wonderful moorland, visitor attractions, local foods and many family events. Children love the calf feeding.
The well appointed wing of the farmhouse is completely self contained and has panoramic views of Bigbury Bay. Bigbury on Sea is a fantastic location for family beach holidays.