North Devon - Golden Beaches
The surf rich beaches of this coastline command a year round entourage of migrating surfers who travel on a whim in search of the perfect wave. The area is truly a beach lovers' paradise of endless seaside fun and entertainment.
Saunton Sands Beach
Saunton Sands Beach is undoubtedly one of North Devon's premier beaches. The 3 mile long sandy beach at Saunton has plenty of room for beach games and is the ideal place for a family day out. It's ideal for surfing - especially for beginners too. Beach facilities include toilets, refreshments and lifeguards during the summer months. It's also a dog friendly beach.
Woolacombe Beach - a three-mile long stretch of golden sand is one of the UK's best beaches and won both the blue flag and Premier Seaside Beach awards for it's cleanliness, water quality and facilities. Lifeguards ensure safe family swimming during the summer and surfers come from all over the country to enjoy the great surfing waves and clean water.
Croyde Bay is an extremely popular village - best known for its surfing beach. The beach is privately owned and has lifeguards between May and September. Baggy Point and the adjoining National Trust land provides delightful walking with excellent views.
Putsborough Sands lies at the southern end of Woolacombe Bay and is one of the UK's most pristine beaches. There are rock pools for toddlers, surfing for the athletic and walking for the more relaxed. Generally uncommercialised, there is a small beach cafe, ample parking, a toilet block and a small caravan park, where booking is essential.
Tunnels Beaches in Ilfracombe were aptly named after they were hand carved in the 1820's. The four tunnels provide a truly unique experience and are well worth the small visitors fee.
Westward Ho! is a seaside village located near Bideford. In recent years it's become increasingly popular as a surf destination. The long beach is suitable for all levels of surfing, except towards the high tide where the beach is lost and turns into the "pebble ridge".