Description:Croyde Bay is an excellent large sandy beach with good surfing. There are rock pools and also large dunes behind the beach. Update March 2015 - We have a report of palm oil being washed up on Woolacombe Beach. This is poisonous to dogs. Please exercise caution when walking dogs on beaches in north Devon.
Safety:There are rip currents at Croyde Bay. Lifeguards in summer. See Beach Safety Guide.
Access:Easy access at the north of the beach with a short sloping path suitable for wheel chair and push chairs. Steps down at the southern end of the beach.
Dogs:Dogs banned from Easter Day to 31st October.
Directions:Croyde Bay is 43 miles from Bude and 50 miles from Exeter. There are various routes into North Devon. From North Cornwall take the A39 (North Atlantic Highway) past Bude and into North Devon towards Barnstaple. Approaching Barnstaple at the Lake Roundabout turn left onto the A361 (signposted to Ilfracombe). Alternatively from Exeter take the A377 and approaching Barnstaple at the Bishops Tawton roundabout turn west onto the A361 and continue on the A361 until Lake Roundabout and turn right to continue on the A361 (signposted to Ilfracombe). Follow the A361 over the new road bridge over the River Taw and then at the Braunton Road Junction turn left for Ilfracombe. Follow the A361 to Braunton and in Braunton turn left onto the B3231 signposted to Croyde. Continue on this road for about 5 miles to Croyde Bay. There is a car park at the southern part of Croyde Bay. Alternatively drive into Croyde village and turn left (signposted to Croyde Beach). Take the next left signposted to Croyde Bay and follow this road to the north of Croyde Bay.
Post Code:EX33 1NZ.
Parking:Car parks at the south (Down End) and north of Croyde Bay. The Down End car park has recently been refurbished, see www.parkingcroyde.com.
Toilets:Yes, at the south and north of Croyde Bay.
Facilities:Café and beach shop at the north of the beach, café at Down End.