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Sick of being rudely awakened by your alarm clock? Try a Ruda wakening instead: after a blissfully peaceful lie-in, you can unzip your sleeping bag, take a great big gulp of fresh clean air and stroll a few steps down to the golden sands and sparkling waves... Ruda Holiday Park is in the perfect spot to make the most of the surfers' paradise of Croyde Bay on Devon’s Gold Coast, sitting right alongside the sweeping sandy bay.
Croyde is a world-famous destination for surfers, and it’d be ruda not to have a go while you’re here. You can hire a variety of boards, wetsuits and other kit from Ruda Holiday Park’s dedicated surf shop, and instructors from the renowned Surf South West school are on hand if you want lessons.
If the weather puts the kibosh on splashing around in the great outdoors, head for Ruda’s tropical indoor pool complex, where there are water rapids and underwater geysers, waterfalls, hydro jets and one humongous slide.
This site is great for children of all ages, with beach games laid on throughout the summer, a soft play area, an outdoor playground complete with obstacle course, and very bouncy kids' clubs: tots can make their own musical instruments for a boogie with Sid the seagull and Lizzie the lizard; four to ten-year-olds can star in their own superhero movie, or get stuck into nostalgic funfair sessions featuring a coconut shy, tin can alley and the like; and there are DJ workshops and plenty of other age-appropriate action for tweens and teens in the Freestyle club.
Last but not least, as with all Parkdean sites, you’ll find a good choice of onsite food options (Ruda has the added bonus of a beach café and ice-cream parlour), plus a sprightly schedule of evening entertainment, and comprehensive essential amenities.
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Many sites set a maximum occupancy of 6/8 people per pitch, so try breaking your booking down into smaller groups to generate more results. For example, if you’re a group of 10, enter 5 people in your initial search and then book 2 pitches.
However, where the pitch or accommodation occupancy allows it, you can now make a booking for up to 30 adults and 30 children on one pitch.
To book multiple pitches or accommodation, use the 'Special requests' box on the booking page to ask to be sited together. Complete the booking form for the first booking (you can add a password and save your card so that we remember your details). Then click "Make another booking like this" at the top of the confirmation page to make the next booking.
Large groups: check the listing page for any group restrictions set out in the terms and section titled ‘Please note’.
Large tents/caravans: check the restrictions on unit dimensions to ensure your unit is suitable for the space you will be provided with.
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Fully serviced pitches
Commercial vehicles allowed
Surf school nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Very large (over 200 pitches)
- Coach stations
Braunton (Devon): George Hotel Coach Stop — 3.8 miles
3.8 miles Chivenor (Devon): Camp Gates Coach Stop — 5.2 miles
5.2 miles Yelland (Devon): Pottery Lane Coach Stop — 5.9 miles
- Train stations
Barnstaple Rail Station — 8.6 miles
8.6 miles Chapelton (Devon) Rail Station — 12.3 miles
12.3 miles Umberleigh Rail Station — 14.6 miles
- Ferry ports
Appledore Ferry Landing — 6.0 miles
6.0 miles Instow Ferry Landing — 6.3 miles
6.3 miles Ilfracombe Ferry Landing — 7.5 miles
Swansea Airport — 33.1 miles
Leave the M5 at Junction 27 and follow the North Devon link road (A361) to Barnstaple.
From Barnstaple continue along the A361 towards Braunton and Ilfracombe (signposted).
In the centre of Braunton (about 5 miles from Barnstaple), turn left after the second set of traffic lights onto the B3231, signposted Saunton and Croyde. Continue along the B3231 coastal road to Croyde village.
Turn left in the centre of the village (onto Jones's Hill), following the signs towards Baggy Point and Cascades Fun Pool at Ruda. Ruda is situated on Moor Lane.
Nearest station - Barnstaple, 10 miles from the park.
Main lines - Bristol - Penzance; change at Exeter for Barnstaple.
The nearest bus stop is at the park's entrance - the Red Bus 308 is the service from Barnstaple to Croyde.
Buses run approximately 25 minutes and on the hour.
Don’t miss the chance to explore the glorious Devonshire coastline surrounding Ruda Holiday Park. Recommendations include a walk to the headland at Baggy Point, where you’ll be rewarded with outstanding views; a saunter along spectacular Saunton Sands, and a delve into the imposing dunes at Braunton Burrows.
Croyde itself is a perfectly pretty village of thatched cottages, tea rooms, pubs, restaurants, cafés and, of course, surf shops.
There are umpteen visitor attractions in the area, particularly for animal enthusiasts, who can come face to face with life-sized model dinosaurs and a host of their living, breathing descendants at Combe Martin Wildlife Park; practise their trout pouts on some fishy friends at Ilfracombe’s aquarium; or get hands-on with the animals at the Big Sheep, the area’s most eccentric - but fun - day out (sheep racing and stunt ducks, anyone?).
- RHS Garden Rosemoor (14.0 miles)
- Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum (11.0 miles)
- Heddon Valley (14.4 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||2 p.m. –||11 p.m.|
|Arrive:||4 p.m. –||11 p.m.|
Ruda Holiday Park cancellation policy
29-42 days: 50% of holiday cost
43-55 days: 30% of holiday cost
If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.
Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.
A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now.
The balance is due 10 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 10 weeks then the balance should be paid within 1 day of booking.
After receiving your Pitchup.com confirmation, within 24 hours you will receive a second email confirming your booking from Parkdean. Please do not contact Parkdean prior to receipt of this email. This email will display a link to pay your balance.
Payment methods accepted on the parkMaestro