Why are Croyde holidays so popular?
Perhaps for the reason that, despite being so popular, Croyde has retained all the charm of a small village, with shops, pubs and restaurants all within easy walking distance, offering great food and drink?
Or maybe it’s because the beach is a perfect place for families to hang out, with its sandy shore tailor made for beach games, rocks and dunes to explore and one of the best surfing waves to be had in the country?
One of the most popular holiday resorts in the UK
Then again, it could be because Croyde Bay sits in beautiful countryside surroundings, where lush green fields overlook the blue sea, offering great views for casual walkers, hikers and riders – from mountain to road bikes and horses.
The truth is, it’s a combination of all these things that makes the place special and keeps visitors returning for Croyde holidays. It is one of those places that still feels like you’re getting away from it all without jumping on a plane!
Because of its location, Croyde beach remains unspoilt by development. The dune system and the rugged headland of Baggy Point serves as a buffer, obscuring the beach from the village and giving it a sheltered, self contained feel. Well maintained, Croyde beach is clean and consistently wins awards for its water quality. In season, the beach is well managed by a dedicated team of lifeguards who manage the waves so that swimmers, surfers, body boarders and kayakers all get a fair share of the surf!
Croyde is just one of many wonderful beaches this coastline has to offer and, exploring them is part of the North Devon experience. There are vast expanses of sandy beach to be found at the likes of Saunton, Putsborough, Woolacombe and Westward Ho!, as well as rocky beaches such as Lee Bay and Lynmouth.
Croyde sits within its own bay and lies within North Devon’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The coastline is some of the most dramatic that you will find in the southwest of England and is easily explored by following the South West Coast path which allows for fantastic views as well as access to secluded coves and beaches.
Maintained by the National Trust, Baggy Point is a good focal point for walkers of all levels, providing the options for an easygoing circular route or a longer hike towards Putsborough and Woolacombe. In addition to the landscape views, the area is home to many wildlife species, and it is possible (if you have keen eyes… and a bit of luck!) to view buzzards, foxes, adders, seals and the occasional dolphin while walking the coast path.
North Devon Attractions
Our Holidays in Croyde holiday lets are perfectly placed to explore the surrounding area and North Devon provides great variation – from sandy beaches to wooded valleys, the bustle of market day to the untamed wilds of Exmoor.
For families, there are numerous attractions offering wet weather alternatives and also easy going kid friendly days out. These include Watermouth Castle, Combe Martin Wildlife Park (and Dinosaur World), Exmoor Zoo and the Lynton coastal railway to the east of Croyde. Meanwhile travel to the west of North Devon and you can discover the cliff village of Clovelly, The Big Sheep, The Milky Way and the Atlantic Village retail park.
In addition, North Devon retains a unique character embodied in its picturesque villages and historical towns such as Torrington (with its 1666 civil war attraction), Ilfracombe (Victorian heritage) and the region’s capital, Barnstaple.
Croyde holidays search phrases