Things to do in North Devon
Many of our Holidays in Croyde guests are drawn to the village and the region of North Devon because of the great options the area provides for outdoor activities such as surfing, hiking and biking. With our holiday lets the great outdoors is literally there, and our midweek and weekend promotions between September and May provide a great option to get out and enjoy it!
The combination of great beaches, stunning countryside and the sense of getting away from it all is what brings people back to us year after year. Part of our success at Holidays in Croyde is that all our properties are set up to cater for the outdoor lifestyle with provisions for storing all your gear, including ample space for bikes and wetsuits and racks for your surf boards.
It’s no great secret anymore… Croyde has some of the best waves to be found in the country and these days is a port of call for surfers from around the world as well as the UK.
This reputation is cemented by national surf competitions, the popular Gold Coast Ocean Fest (a music and sports event held every year in June) and the O’ Neill Surf Academy events hosted in Croyde Bay.
However, you don’t have to be a pro to surf here! As Croyde has grown as a surfing town, the beach has become a magnet for surfers of all ages and abilities. There are now several surf schools operating in the village, and adding ‘rode a wave’ to your bucket list is a great thing to bring back from your holiday!
As well as Croyde, North Devon offers a host of surfing opportunities at beaches up and down its coast. Around the corner there are the beach breaks of Putsborough Sands and Woolacombe. Putsborough is sheltered from the persistent south westerly winds, providing good clean waves when other beaches are blown out. Woolacombe produces waves for all abilities through all stages of the tide making it popular with all types of wave riding craft from surfers through to kyakers.
Holidays in Croyde properties are popular with walkers and hikers. There are plenty of walks, for all levels, right on our doorstep.
We are fortunate that this part of the world takes in some spectacular walking country with a well maintained network of trails that take in the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in addition to the well established South West Coast path.
Further afield, the untamed wilds of Exmoor provide plenty to explore, from rugged moorland to wooded valleys where fresh water streams run clear.
Cycling and Mountain Biking
Holidays in Croyde properties offer a great starting point for cycling – whether it’s road, mountain or a good old day out with the family.
North Devon is blessed with the Tarka Trail which runs the length of the old railway line, meaning 30 miles of straight and (mostly!) level cycling. You can join up with it at nearby Braunton and ride deep into the heart of Devon. The route offers great views of the rivers Taw and Torridge and beyond Bideford a glimpse of the countryside immortalized in Henry Williamson’s Tarka the Otter.
Since Wiggo brought home the gold for GB, road biking has become a popular activity along the roads of North Devon. Riders are attracted by the varied landscape and challenging rides that local routes offer, from the coast to the climbs of Exmoor. There are plenty of options for short circular rides, or long days spent pounding the miles!
Likewise, this area of North Devon is a fantastic destination for mountain bikers. The countryside is criss-crossed with trails and bridleways, offering varied landscape and options for taking the easy way… or the hard way! Just up the road is Keypitts Farm, home to North Devon Mountain Bike which has trails for all abilities.