Devon Beach Guide

Croyde Bay

Description:
Croyde Bay is an excellent large sandy beach with good surfing. There are rocks and rock pools at the south and north of the beach and also large dunes behind the beach. There is good walking on the coast path north to Baggy Point.
Safety:
Signs warn of strong undercurrents and rip currents, large surf or high breaking waves, strong winds and do not use inflatables, do not wind surf and do not kite surf. 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, not suitable for disabled access.
Dogs:
Dogs banned from 1st May to 30th September.
Directions:
Croyde Bay is about 11 miles from Barnstaple in North Devon. There are various routes into North Devon to Barnstaple such as the A39 from Cornwall or the A377 from Exeter. At Barnstaple take the A361 on the road bridge over the River Taw. Then at the Braunton Road Junction turn left continuing on the A361 (signposted for Braunton and 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.
Activities:
Surfing.
Nearby Alternative Beaches:
Instow (16 miles, sandy beach, disabled access)
Saunton Sands (5 miles, sandy beach, surfing, part dog friendly)
Putsborough Sand (1 mile, sandy beach, surfing, part dog friendly)
Woolacombe (5 miles, sandy beach, surfing, disabled access, part dog friendly)
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