Croyde and North Devon Information

Holidays in Croyde

Croyde Bay lies at the heart of the North Devon coast, one of the most spectacular areas of the British Isles and a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. North Devon is one of the most popular holiday and surfing venues in the country and is firmly established as a favourite destination for families and surfers alike.

The village of Croyde is a magical place steeped in old Devon charm. Its thatched cottages, home to generations of North Devon farmers and fishermen, form the perfect backdrop to a memorable holiday. Croyde village and neighbouring Georgeham boast a variety of excellent restaurants and pubs for all the family, many of which have outdoor play areas for children.

The North Devon coast around Croyde and Woolacombe

There are three fantastic sandy beaches to choose from in the immediate vicinity of Croyde and some breathtaking walks along these stunning North Devon cliff top footpaths. Baggy Point and the adjoining National Trust land provide fabulous walking with excellent views. The beaches at Croyde and Woolacombe regularly win awards for cleanliness and safety and are manned by lifeguards throughout the summer months.

Croyde is ideally located within easy reach of the beautiful Devon coastal harbours of Clovelly to the South and Lynmouth to the North. Clovelly is a pretty coastal village where it feels as if time has stood still - the only means of transport on these famous cobbled streets are donkeys and sleds. Wander down the streets of Lynmouth and take a ride on the unique water-powered cliff railway to the twin town of Lynton, which is perched high on the cliffs.

Also along this stretch of Devon coastline is Ilfracombe with its Victorian architecture, Esplanade and famous Tunnels Beach. The harbour is always busy with fishing boats and the paddle steamer Balmoral, which offers day trips to Lundy Island. Also in this area is the spectacular Exmoor National Park, a paradise for walkers and wildlife lovers.

Suggested activities during your holidays

The Tarka trail is a cycle path built on an old disused Devon railway line which makes its way all over the North Devon coast and eventually inland as far as Exeter. You will find several places that offer cycle hire along the path. The Trail follows the route taken by 'Tarka the Otter' in the book of that name.

There are countless sporting activities available for all ages around Croyde. Golfers can enjoy the famous championship courses at Saunton; the riding stables in Croyde cater for everyone from beginners to experienced horsemen; the cliffs at Baggy Point provide excellent climbing; the long, wide beach at Saunton is ideal for land-yachting and kite-surfing; and of course the beaches are perfect for surfing, body-boarding and kayaking.

For children there are plenty of fun attractions such as The Big Sheep, Dinosaur World, Milky Way, Watermouth Castle, Exmoor Zoo and many, many more.

A holiday in Croyde is a truly memorable experience.
Woolacombe Bay, North Devon

North Devon coast, walking in the dunes at Croyde Bay

North Devon, Putsborough Beach on a rising tide

Rolling farmland at Baggy Point, on the North Devon coast

Saunton Beach, North Devon