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  • Within a short stroll of the surf and golden sands of Croyde Bay
  • Surfboards and wetsuits for hire; surfing lessons available
  • Tropical indoor pool, indoor/outdoor play, beach café and kids' clubs

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, hydrojets and one humongous slide.

This site is great for kids 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: toddlers can make their own musical instruments for a boogie with Sid the seagull and Lizzie the lizard; four to 10 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.

As with all Parkdean Resorts sites, you’ll find a good choice of on-site 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.

Gold David Bellamy Conservation Award

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Excellent facilities and great place to stay friendly staff everywhere 03/04/2018

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  • Electric grass tent, campervan or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    All staff very friendly and helpful when we got stuck in mud! Thanks also to the beach warden who towed us out!


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Customer service
Child friendliness


Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away


TV room


Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area



Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Fully serviced pitches

Hard standings

Seasonal pitches


Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed


Spectacular scenery

Nearby leisure

Sailing nearby

Surf school nearby

Tennis nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby


Very large (over 200 pitches)


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  • Croyde Bay, Croyde, Devon, England, EX33 1NY
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 51.1347°N 4.2413°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Braunton (Devon): George Hotel Coach Stop — 4.0 miles
Chivenor (Devon): Camp Gates Coach Stop — 5.4 miles
Yelland (Devon): Pottery Lane Coach Stop — 6.0 miles
Train stations
Barnstaple Rail Station — 8.8 miles
Chapelton (Devon) Rail Station — 12.5 miles
Umberleigh Rail Station — 14.8 miles
Ferry ports
Appledore Ferry Landing — 6.0 miles
Instow Ferry Landing — 6.3 miles
Ilfracombe Ferry Landing — 7.7 miles
Swansea Airport — 33.2 miles


By car
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.

By train
Nearest station - Barnstaple, 10 miles from the park.
Main lines - Bristol - Penzance; change at Exeter for Barnstaple.

By bus
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.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Don’t miss the chance to explore the 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 dunes at Braunton Burrows.

Croyde is a perfectly pretty village of thatched cottages, tearooms, pubs, restaurants, cafés and (but 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 day out: sheep racing and stunt ducks, anyone...?

Must see

  • RHS Garden Rosemoor (14.0 miles)

National Trust

  • Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum (11.2 miles)
  • Heddon Valley (14.7 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.


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Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.

Additional terms

Single-sex parties of 3 or more people under 25 are not permitted on site.

Swimming pool access is included: please show your Entertainment pass.

Entertainment passes are included in the rate.