Croyde and Saunton Guide

World-class surf and beaches that stretch for miles, Croyde and Saunton offer some of the most incredible coastline that England has to offer.

Located within 2 miles of one another, Croyde and Saunton offer very different beach days out but both beaches are located on the most breathtaking coast with views that stretch for miles. It’s no wonder that surfers will travel miles to hang ten on this beautiful coast. We have created this guide to help you find your way around these coastal towns.

Croyde and Saunton Guide – car parking and surfing beaches:

Where to park your car in Croyde?

Croyde Car Park – Croyde, EX33 1LX

This is the favourable carpark to use for beach days out and exploring Croyde.


Baggy Point – Baggy Point National Trust Car Park, EX33 1FF

Baggy Point is a perfect carpark location for those looking for direct access onto the South West Coastal Path.


Throughout the busier summer months, you will find a number of surrounding fields will open up for additional car parking. These car parks will be clearly signposted.

Croyde Bay Beach

This RNLI lifeguarded beach offers a perfect beach day. It’s one of the smallest beaches along Devon’s Golden Coast but there’s plenty of rock pools for exploring and golden sands for building sandcastles, Croyde Bay Beach is an ideal location for families with many car parks surrounding the beach. A popular spot for the more experienced surfer but with plenty of space for paddling and swimming. If you are looking to visit Croyde with your dogs, you will need to visit between 1st October and 30th April, although neighbouring Woolacombe Sands Beach and Saunton Sands Beach both accept dogs all year round.

Croyde Surfer (Shutterstock)

Where to park your car in Saunton?

Saunton Sands Car Park – Braunton, EX33 1LQ

There is just one main car park in Saunton and it’s got the best location with direct beach access. This beachside location is perfect spot to park for your beach day out.


Saunton Sands Beach

Over 3 miles long with pumping waves, this golden sandy beach is suitable for the whole gang including your four-legged friends. This sandy beach is a perfect spot for surfers of all levels and with car parking right on the beachfront, it’s convenient for all families.

Saunton Beach (Shutterstock)

Croyde and Saunton Guide – local walks:

These villages lie on the South West Coastal Path and you’ll only ever be a hop, skip and a jump away exploring this incredible coast by foot. While it may be true that North Devon offers the most beautiful Atlantic Ocean coast, you really need to see it for yourself. Here are a few of our favourite walks:

Coastal Paths (Shutterstock)

Croyde to Baggy Point circular

Located to the very west of Croyde beach is Baggy Point. We highly recommend taking a stroll along these sweeping coastal paths to enjoy the panoramic views across the rugged coast. If you look closely you may even spot the remains from WW2 where the Americans trained for the battle of Normandy. Baggy Point offers a number of different routes but the most popular is the 4.5-mile circular route.

National Trust Walking Map:

Baggy Point (Shutterstock)

Croyde to Saunton Down circular

Take this circular wander from Croyde up and over to Saunton Downs. After a wander across the seafront coast seafront, where this walk will take you to new heights as you climb through the rolling hills of North Devon.

Website route:

Saunton Sands Beach

Saunton Sands is 4 miles long, so whatever your ability, you can choose a distance to suit you. Your dogs can certainly burn off some steam as they run for miles. But with such a beautiful beach beneath your feet, you may want to pack your swimmers too.

Saunton Beach (Shutterstock)

Croyde and Saunton Guide – places to eat and drink:

Whatever you choose to get up to on holiday, we know that it’s all about spending quality time together. So it’s no surprise to us that action-packed days out, often lead to relaxing evenings at the pub. However, choosing which pub to go to can often be not so relaxing. Luckily for you, we have enjoyed many great evenings in Croyde and Saunton so have many places to recommend:

The Thatch, Croyde

The Thatch offers a sun-trap beer garden, delicious food and a choice of local beer and ciders, what else could you want from a holiday meal out? This charming pub offers atmosphere by the bucket and delicious daily specials you must try.


The Thatch – Croyde

Billy Budds, Croyde

If you are looking for pub classics, burgers or nachos this is the perfect spot for you. However, it’s not just about the food here, offering a huge variety behind the bar and plenty of outdoor space to enjoy a pint of the cold stuff on a summer’s day.


Billy Budds – Croyde

Blue Groove, Croyde

The Blue Groove offers delicious food for your whole table, with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options available. They serve scrumptious food and refreshing cocktails, this is a perfect location to enjoy an evening of cocktail with friends or family meal out.


Blue Groove – Croyde

The Manor Inn, Croyde

This pub a favourite with the kiddies, with a large outside play area for them to enjoy whilst the adults, sit back and relax. Equally important is the location, so enjoy the delicious variety of food in this picture perfect pub in this charming little village.


Stoned Pizzas, Croyde

After an action-packed day at the beach, this is the most delicious stop for food on the go. You will find Stoned located opposite the entrance of Ruda Holiday Park, with a variety of stone backed pizzas including vegan alternatives.


Beachside Grill, Saunton

The most idyllic beachside spot of all. If you’re looking for a evening to remember, we highly recommend dinning at Beachside Grill. Serving locally sourced food, flame grilled to perfection and an ever changing view across Saunton Sands beach.


Beachside Grill – Saunton

Croyde and Saunton – places to stay:

Bay View Farmers Campsite

Croyde’s oldest family run holiday park is just a few minutes to the beach and offers static caravans, glamping log pods and pitches for camping, touring and motorhomes.


Unison Croyde Bay Resort

Unison Croyde Bay Holiday Resort can be found in the most tranquil beachside location. This holiday resort offers direct access to Croyde Bay. In addition to the spectacular location, you can choose from a variety of self-catering lodges, hotel studios and mini suites.


Ruda Holiday Park

Ruda Holiday Park offers a variety of cravans, lodges and pitches in the most blissful location, opposite Croyde Bay Beach. Above all Ruda offers a great location for families to enjoy a North Devon family holiday at the seaside.


Saunton Sands Hotel

Saunton Sands Hotel offers the most awe-inspiring views out to sea. As well as the breathtaking views this 4* hotel has to offer, it comes equipped with an onsite Source Spa & Wellness including an on-site gym and pool.


Surfers Paradise camping

If you want to pitch up your tent for the night right next to the beach, you won’t find a closer location. So if you are looking for a beachside break or surfing holiday Surfers Paradise is the camping site for you.


Croyde and Saunton – things to do:

Saunton Golf Club & Course

Just a short drive from Saunton Sands Beach, you will find Saunton Golf Club & Course. Located in the most soothing location, you will find two Championship 18-hole courses.


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Morte Point

Mortehoe Guide

This Mortehoe guide is here to help you explore this picturesque little village.

Just a stone’s throw from Woolacombe is the classic little Devon seaside village of Mortehoe. Located almost directly above Woolacombe, Mortehoe is full of coastal walks, local tea rooms and family friendly pubs.

Mortehoe is surrounded by sweeping coastal paths, so is best explored on foot. So take a wander to enjoy the dramatic cliffs and spectacular scenery. 

Mortehoe Guide – local walks and hidden beaches:

Where to park your car in Mortehoe?

Located in central Mortehoe is the local pay and display car park. Reasonably priced and conveniently located, you’ll only be a short stroll from enjoying this ancient little village.


Mortehoe village car park

Morte Point

Within the rolling hills of Mortehoe, to the very right of Woolacombe beach is the most rugged point of all. As the waves crash against this rugged cost you will often see the hidden rocks which have claimed many ships to the ocean. Morte Point is notorious for the most disastrous shipwrecks in the late eighteen hundreds. Move over Cornwall, this is the real shipwreck coast! So it’s no surprise Morte Point translates to “death point”. Centuries later this route is explored for the most striking scenery and ocean views which stretch as far as the eye can see. For the more experienced walkers, you can follow this walk for miles but for families take a stroll to the point and turn back the way you came.

Morte Point

Morte Point to Bull Point Lighthouse

With such a rugged coast you will not be far from spotting something pretty special, as you pass Rockham Bay beach along the way, can you spot the shipwreck at low tide that now belongs to the ocean? This walk will bring you back out almost where you started, only passing the local pub on the way back, surly after all that walking you have earned a cold one?

Rockham Bay Beach

Bull Point Lighthouse

This ramble is just a short walk from both Twitchen House and Easewell Farm. If you can take your eyes off the coast, you will often spot the colony of seals bopping through the ocean. Take the stroll from Mortehoe car park, and follow this relatively flat route to the lighthouse and back. Perfect for families and pushchairs too.

Mortehoe Guide – places to eat and drink:

Holiday days and day trips to the North Devon coast can be action-packed, so it’s only natural your evenings may end with dinner on the go or maybe an evening at our local pubs where refreshingly cold drinks and delicious pub grub is plenty. Mortehoe is home to 2 of the most characteristic family friendly pubs, so take your pick from the Ship Aground or Chichester Arms and enjoy a real Devonshire family meal out.

The Ship Aground

The Ship Aground is spread across 2 floors, with plenty of room for families and four legged friends. You’ll be spoilt for choice with a menu offering a great variety with daily specials and local beers and ciders to wash it all down.


The Ship Aground in Mortehoe

The Chichester Arms

Families and four-legged friends, this traditional pub is suitable for the whole gang. Serving a variety of pub meals for everyone and with their own private car park outside, it’s certainly convenient for families.


Chichester Arms in Mortehoe

Mortehoe Guide – takeaways and food on the go:

Afternoon tea and fresh bakes

We could not tell you about Mortehoe without bringing to light the wonderful Mrs Fea’s Café. Treat yourself to a slice of homemade deliciousness or maybe even a cream tea. I am sure you have already earned it, after all, that exploring. But remember you’re in Devon now, so it’s always jam on top!


The Town Farmhouse

With the most idyllically located tea gardens, you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings with a belly full of freshly made cakes.


Mortehoe Seafood, Fish & Chips

What’s a holiday at the seaside without fish and chips? More importantly, what’s a holiday at the seaside without the best locally sourced chip supper? Enjoy food freshly baked to each order and take a drive to enjoy fried fish with a view. We wouldn’t enjoy seaside snacking any other way.


Freshly fried fish and chips

Easewell Barn Cafe and Takeaway

You dine here once and you’ll be back for more. Easewell Barn takes the ease off holiday cooking with freshly made food served all week long. We highly recommend a trip out for breakfast and with and with free parking right on the doorstep, it’s a perfect stop for a hassle-free meal out.

Rockleigh House Takeaway

Serving homemade food packed full of flavour, Rockleigh Takeaway is located in the heart of Mortehoe and locals rave about it.


Mortehoe Guide – places to stay:

Mortehoe is an area of natural beauty so wherever you stay, you will be surrounded by beautiful scenic locations with spectacular views. Wherever you decide to stay you will be centrally located, with everything on your doorstep, including those unforgettable views.

Damage Barton Caravan & Camping Club Site

Taking the camping experience back to basic’s, where it’s all about quality family time and enjoying the coast. Damage Barton is a relaxed campsite offering a true camping basics experience for everyone that visits.


Easewell Farm Holiday Park & Golf Club

Back to basics for this tranquil campsite with a big heart. It’s all about spending quality time together with the added bonus of an onsite pool, sea view golf course, family-friendly pub and use of over 40 free facilities across Easewell Farm’s sister sites (all located within 2 miles). We think Easewell Farm offers the full coastal camping package, with the most idyllic location with plenty going on for days out and about.


North Morte Farm Caravan and Camping Park

This idyllic location is perfect for the most relaxing holiday offering plenty of camping pitches and accommodation too. Linking directly on to the South West Coastal Path, this is a perfect location for a relaxing walking holiday.


Twitchen House Holiday Park

This charming Edwardian manor house is located within a relaxing woodland surrounding. With a lovely laidback feel with action-packed facilities on Park to enjoy. You will struggle to fit everything in with swimming pools, 80ft speed slides, entertainment, nature and bush craft activities and so much more.


Mortehoe Guide – things to do:

Mortehoe Museum

Located in the very heart of this little village, you will find out all about the smuggler past and history of ‘Old Morte’ at the Mortehoe Museum, find out where the smuggler’s shipwrecks still lay on our coast to this day. With an outside play area to keep your little ones amused and a great little spot to enjoy a family picnic. Just for extra convenience, the local pay and display car park is right outside.


Mortehoe Museum

Mortehoe and Woolacombe Seaview Golf Course

As you make your way from tee to tee, you will need to take a moment to take in the tranquil beauty of the coastal surroundings. Best of all, this sea view golf course is located at our very own Easewell Farm.

Mortehoe & Woolacombe Golf Club


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Woolacombe guide

Woolacombe Guide

This Woolacombe guide is here to help you plan those perfect, long-awaited beach days out.

I am often asked what is the best part of living in Woolacombe is? It’s the beach. With so many breathtaking local beaches to explore, we really are spoilt for choice.

If I were to ask you where the top beaches in the world were, would you expect a UK beach to make the list? Our very own Woolacombe beach was voted one of the best beaches in the World. Fourth best beach in Europe and taking the top spot as England’s best beach … AGAIN!

It came as no surprise to us, miles of golden sand, rolling waves and soft sand dunes. This is what seaside holidays are all about. Best of all, each of our North Devon Holiday Parks are just a hop, skip and a jump from one of the best beaches in the world.

Beach days are what we are all about in Woolacombe… what do you get up to at the beach? Splash in the surf, build a spectacular sandcastle or hunt for shells? Whatever your beach day, our little village of Woolacombe really does offer the full holiday package.

With 2021 holidays booking up at record speed, I think our guests will agree that we all need a special break to look forward to. The days will be warmer, the nights brighter and longer and our Woolacombe beach will be ready, whatever your beach day. Those will be the days to look forward to, the soft sand between your toes and salt sea spray in your hair.

Woolacombe guide to local beaches:

Putsborough Sands

Located at the very Southern end of Woolacombe beach is Putsborough Sands. Enjoy the perfect mix of dramatic cliffs, rocks, and sandy bays. Perfect for families who like to explore and relax.   

Putsborough Sands
Putsborough Sands

Middle Beach or Marine Drive

Nestled in between Putsborough Sand and Woolacombe Sands is Middle Beach, take a stroll through our golden sand dunes to find a perfectly distanced spot with plenty of room to Hang 10. Even in the busy Summer months, Middle Beach is often quieter. Perfect for families, who prefer a quieter beach experience.

Middle Beach in Woolacombe
Middle Beach


With miles of golden sand between your toes and plenty of room to enjoy family days out. The sand is golden, the waves are pumping, sunsets are spectacular and parking close by. Woolacombe is perfect for all families seeking a perfect beach day.

Woolacombe Sands Beach
Woolacombe Sands Beach

Harris, Gin & Shellsborough

Take a stroll across the esplanade and find this little hidden gem of Harris, Gin and Shellsborough. This location is perfect for all families with a sense of adventure. Get your buckets and nets at the ready and head on down to a beach that offers a wonder of surprises the high tide left behind.

Rockpools in Woolacombe
Rockpools repleashed from the Atlantic Ocean


Sandwiched in the middle of the many cove beaches along the esplanade is the prettiest one yet. The sea is clear, the view is extraordinary and rockpools are aplenty. Barricane beach is perfect for families with older children who like to explore.

Barricane Beach
Barricane Beach in Woolacombe


Located between Grunta and Barricane beach you’ll find this quiet, hidden gem we know as Combesgate beach. Follow the sweeping steps on to this quiet rocky beach.

Sunset at Woolacombe Beach in Devon
Woolacombe Beach at sunset

Woolacombe guide to exploring on foot:

In this area of outstanding beauty, you will only ever be a short stroll from some of the most breath-taking views.

Potters Hill

Potters Hill in Woolacombe
Potters Hill

Woolacombe Downs

Woolacombe Downs beach view
Woolacombe Downs

Sand Dunes

Woolacombe beach sand dunes
Sand dunes at Woolacombe Beach

South West Coast Path

South West Coast Path sea views
Coast path to Woolacombe from Golden Coast Holiday Park

Here in Woolacombe we really are spoilt with locations to visit and things to do. Whatever it is you choose to get up whilst in Woolacombe, we hope you enjoy our little piece of Devon.

Find out more about holidays and day trips to Woolacombe:

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Your Holiday Pictures

After waiting for a proper holiday this year, we are delighted that so many of you have chosen a staycation with us here in Woolacombe. We’ve been inundated with amazing holiday pictures and messages, it’s an absolute pleasure to see each one of you enjoying a well-earned holiday.

We’ve added some of our favourite holiday pictures in a showcase for all our guests to enjoy. Please do keep sending us your holiday pictures and videos, follow our Instagram or Facebook pages and share with us across social media too.

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Woolacombe Beach

Holiday Tips

Your well needed holiday is fast approaching, and you’re bound to have a few questions for us. We’ve put together a few of the things we’re asked most about, holiday tips and tricks and those all-important holiday essentials.

We’re here to make your holiday as special as we possibly can, if you can’t find your answer here then please check our Frequently Asked Questions.

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Woolacombe Beach, North Devon

7 ways to be socially distant on the beach

Summer is approaching and everyone’s hoping to be back at the beach soon. You might have seen photos of crowded beaches in the news, but the reality is that if you take sensible and simple precautions the seaside can be one of the safest places to be. Especially because we’re often told by sources like the World Health Organisation (WHO) that it’s far less easy to transmit viruses outdoors in the fresh air than in enclosed indoor spaces. And beaches are all about clean sea air and space!

Social distancing on the beach
Woolacombe Sands, North Devon
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Dogs in Woolacombe: Woof Guide

We Love Dogs in Woolacombe

As dog owners ourselves, we understand dog owners. And part of the reason we live and work in Woolacombe is that it’s great for dogs. Or is that part of the reason that we have dogs? Either way, here’s a taste of what we can offer you and your best friend.

We welcome dogs on all our Holiday Parks; Golden Coast, Woolacombe Bay, Twitchen House and Easewell Farm. They are also welcome on Woolacombe Beach (more details below), voted Best Beach in England in the Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice awards 2020.

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Woolacombe bay

Summer Bank Holiday

Are you staying for the Summer Bank Holiday weekend? Or, are you making a week of it? We have one of the Best Beaches in Britain and the weather is set to be hot and sunny too!

Amazing activities and attractions are waiting for you and all your family, so enjoy this Bank Holiday in Woolacombe. We have so much going on that you’ll struggle to do everything in one trip.

Every summer in Woolacombe is special, Summer Bank Holidays are simply amazing. Come and join us!

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