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Surf’s up in North Devon!

July 10, 2009
by Pitchup | destinations

North Devon is a surfing mecca. Easily reached from major cities, its miles of flat sandy beaches attract all abilities, from seasoned pro to enthusiastic beginner.

The most popular beaches - Croyde, Woolacombe and Saunton - are among the best beach breaks in the UK. Croyde even hosts UK pros at May’s Saltrock Open championship. Further along the rugged coastline, sheltered bays provide even more variety, including rock reefs and point breaks.

If you’ve never surfed before, don’t worry – you can learn from scratch at accredited surf schools. Look out for Surf South West, Surfing Croyde Bay and Nick Thorn. And with local bathing water graded 'good' or 'excellent' and lifeguards on patrol throughout the summer, your safety’s top priority.

It’s not just the waves that make North Devon famous – the apres-surf vibe is legendary too. A visit to the area isn’t complete without a trip to The Thatch and Billy Budd’s at Croyde or The Red Barn and Mariscos nightclub in Woolacombe.

And if the tide’s out, don’t worry - there’s plenty to do in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. From hiking Exmoor National Park to climbing Baggy Point, to mountain biking, horse riding, golfand fishing, you’ll be planning your return visit before you’ve left.

Where to stay?

In a peaceful bay between the resorts of Woolacombe and Ilfracombe, Beachside Holiday Park is a five-star park offering dog-friendly caravan accommodation.

Ruda Holiday Park is most convenient park for the jewel in the crown of North Devon’s surf scene, Croyde. As owner of Croyde beach, Ruda offers a huge variety of nearby accommodation from houses, cottages and lodges to touring and camping pitches.

Across the estuary from Saunton, near the world famous village of Clovelly, Bideford Bay Holiday Park is an excellent base from which to explore the area.

Heading north, you’ll be located near to the beach but also convenient for Exmoor National Park and the colourful resort of Ilfracombe. Just outside Ilfracombe, Mullacott Park offers luxury lodges and caravans in a peaceful, rural setting.

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