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Our Local Beach Guide

Woolacombe

Woolacombe beach is fantastic for families, surfers, bodyboarders and dogs too! Hugely popular on sunny summer days, especially during the school holidays, this multi-award-winning beach regularly sits within the top five in Tripadvisor's UK Beach Awards. Woolacombe also holds both the blue flag and Premier Seaside Beach Awards.

This three-mile-long stretch of golden sand is renowned for its cleanliness, water quality and facilities. Woolacombe itself is a lively village with great shops, pubs and restaurants. Visitors of all ages will find plenty to do away from the beach, and there's a friendly, laid-back atmosphere which you are sure to enjoy.

RNLI lifeguards are on duty on the beach daily during the Easter holidays and October holidays, from the beginning of May until the end of September, and on weekends during April and October too, find the full schedule here.

Directions From Hidden Valley

The beach is 6 miles away (10 minutes by car). There is also a four-mile route which takes twelve minutes).

Turn left out of Hidden Valley, at Mullacott roundabout turn left and follow the main road down the hill into Woolacombe.There are several car parks in the village centre. For Marine Drive Car Park, turn left at the main village junction and follow the road as if driving out of the village. Marine Drive is approximately half a mile on the right-hand side. This car park is also suitable for motorhomes.

 

Dogs

The beach is divided into three sections:

- Dogs running free - South of Mill Rocks

- Dogs on leads - South of the stream to Mill Rock

- No dogs allowed - North of the stream

 If you have a dog, the best place to park is Marine Drive. From here, you can head over the dunes and straight onto the beach.

Croyde

 

Croyde has a superb beach in a wide bay, with breath-taking scenery and a lovely unspoilt village. There are some small shops and local pubs, but the village still retains its North Devon charm. Croyde usually provides the best surf in North Devon.

The sand is fine and golden and towards the shoreline becomes firm and compacted, which is excellent news for sandcastle builders surfers alike. When the sandbanks are right, Croyde produces steep, powerful waves which attract surfers from far and wide. There is a good range of facilities on the beach and RNLI Lifeguards on duty daily throughout School holidays, from the beginning of May until the end of September and at weekends during April and October. Find the full timetable here.

Directions from Hidden Valley

Shorter route (narrow and windy) - five miles (fifteen minutes by car): Turn right out of Hidden Valley. Take the second right and follow the road to Georgeham. Drive through Georgeham following the signs to Croyde.

Longer route - 8 miles (20 minutes by car):

Turn right out of Hidden Valley. At the traffic lights in Braunton turn right and follow the road around the headland.

Dogs

Dogs are not allowed on Croyde beach between 1st May and 30th September.

Saunton

 

Saunton has a magnificent beach which stretches for three and a half miles, with beautiful golden sand. A high-end restaurant overlooks the beach with a takeaway next door to the beach shop. Independently operated, Non-RNLI Lifeguards patrol during busy times only.

Directions from Hidden Valley

6 miles (15 minutes by car).T urn right out of Hidden Valley. At the traffic lights in Braunton turn right and follow the road for 3 miles. The Carpark entrance is on the left.

Dogs

The beach is divided into three sections for dogs:

As you walk along the main path from the carpark the section on the right does not allow dogs. The dogs-on-leads section is on the left, and further beyond this is the dogs running free area (which is marked by signposts).

 

Putsborough

 

Putsborough is a fantastic beach, located at the southern end of Woolacombe beach it enjoys the same excellent water quality. Putsborough is a much quieter beach than Woolacombe, however there is no lifeguard cover - so only experienced surfers and swimmers should enter the sea here. There is a lovely small café, but no other shops or Commercialism. A flight of steps gives access down to the beach from the car park. The beach is well protected from both the south and southwesterly wind.

Directions from Hidden Valley

4.5 miles (15 minutes) - a narrow and windy route:

Turn right out of Hidden Valley. Take the second right and follow the road to Georgeham. At Georgeham turn right following the signs to Putsbrough.

Dogs

The beach is divided into two sections. Dogs running free are allowed on the north end (to the right of the steps). Dogs are not permitted on the southern end of the beach (to the left of the steps).

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