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A 17th century village with a huge draw for modern day surfers

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Croyde beach

The picturesque village of Croyde is home to thatched cottages, a couple of cosy pubs and a stunning beach, where some of England’s best surfing conditions can be found.

In the village centre, you’ll find a handful of excellent surf shops where you can hire or buy all the equipment you need to hit the waves. There’s also a good village shop, where you can pick up a pasty or ice cream, and a few good places to eat. From the centre of the village, a gentle stream trickles past quaint, old cottages and makes its way to the sea. The beach is undoubtedly Croyde’s biggest attraction, due to its dramatic stretch of sand and brilliant surfing waves. A number of reputable surf schools provide lessons for beginners, while experts won’t be disappointed by the various reef and hollow beach-break waves in the bay. Croyde is on the route of the magnificent South West coast path, which can be followed north, to the towering cliffs of Baggy Point, or south to Saunton, another beautiful beach with miles of unspoilt sand.

Croyde is considered to be one of the country’s top surf spots, and with good reason. It’s one of the most consistent waves in the region, with a variety of rock and sand-bottom breaks which are suitable for all levels, from complete beginners to experts. You can rent a board and wetsuit – which is definitely recommended if you’re planning on staying in the water for any length of time – from the Little Pink Shop, one of the area’s best stores, where the knowledgeable staff are always happy to advise you on which equipment to use and where to surf. If you’re new to the sport, a lesson is always a good idea. Lyndon Wake Surf School is a good one, operated by the well known local surfer after which the business is named.

The Thatch pub

There are a handful of nice places to grab a bite to eat in Croyde. The Thatch is a great pub, where you can prop up the bar with a pint of local ale or grab a table in the large dining area and order from a menu of pub classics, including fish and chips and burgers. For tasty, locally sourced food, try Blue Groove, a stylish restaurant with a nice outside seating area.

“Croyde is a small village on North Devon's rugged coast, with a sweeping 800-metre beach, backed by windswept sand dunes.”

Croyde is an ideal base for exploring the dramatic North Devon coast. Saunton, a vast stretch of sand backed by a maze of dunes, is just around the corner. Drive in the other direction and you’ll find yourself at Woolacombe, one of North Devon’s best loved resorts. If you’re prepared to travel a little further, Exmoor is home to some of the country’s most dramatic and unspoilt countryside. The nearby market town of Barnstaple is also well worth a visit.

While you’re there

Croyde Bay

Just a short walk from the village, this beach has plenty of soft golden sand.

Sands on the beach

A perfect choice for beach lovers and surfers, this restaurant serves great food.

Baggy Point

Follow the path for stunning sea views and stop by the National Trust cafe.

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