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.
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.
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:
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: nationaltrust.org.uk/baggy-point/trails/baggy-point-circular-walk-via-bloodhills-cliff
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: northdevon-aonb.org.uk
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.