Croyde Bay is a young surfing community with an old charm village feel of thatch cottages. Surrounded by beautiful North Devon countryside, a small village nestled in a Bay. Drive along the coast past Saunton Sands and pull into the layby for photographs and see the surfers bobbing around waiting to catch waves. Turn a corner and a crescent shaped beach with waves of barrels backed by dunes hits you. A site for surfing competitions and the famous Gold Coast Oceanfest, a music and surf festival held over 3 days.
Getting to Croyde
There are footpaths to Croyde Bay from here. Taking in the Braunton Burrows, Biosphere, American Road, and Saunton Sands.This is part of the South West Coast Path. There are many walks around Croyde across farmland and next to the coast through the pretty village of Georgeham and to Putsborough. Georgham has a couple of highly reputable restaurants with The Kings Arms and The Rock. A bus service also runs to Croyde from Braunton.
Baggy Point is a walk along the cliffs at the side of Croyde Bay next to farm land. Views across to Bideford Bay and Hartland are stunning. This part of the beach is popular for coasteering. There is a national trust car park here and a good place to park for the day even to spend the day on the beach. Down End car park is also a good place to park before entering Croyde as is less busy and there are amenities for refreshments, with a variety of food wagons.
Eating out in Croyde
There are some great restaurants and pubs, The Thatch and Billy Buds, great atmosphere and service with outdoor seating. The Blue Groove has a great vibe with excellent cocktails, enthusiastic staff and well cooked food like Moules Frites. The walls are adorned with beautiful striking art work by local artist Conor Wilson.