Things to Do in Croyde
Being one of the premier surfing locations in Devon, Croyde has plenty of things to do for the active visitor. Whether you want to try your hand at surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking or a range of other water sports, you’ll have lots of chances to do it here.
Croyde is a delightful and picturesque village along the north Devon coast neighbouring Saunton Sands. The village itself has an olde worlde atmosphere with thatched cottages and plenty of traditional Devon pubs to keep you amused. As it’s a popular destination for surfers, there are loads of places to eat and drink in and around the village and of course, three fantastic sandy beaches to choose from, all bordering each other.
Surfing capital of North Devon
Whether you are a seasoned surfer or want to give it a try during your stay, you won’t be disappointed. All around Croyde you’ll find organisations offering training sessions and equipment hire so you can get out on the water and ride the waves. These organisations have tailored sessions so all ages and abilities are catered for and with the option to hire everything from wet suits to boards, you can really challenge yourself and learn a new skill or develop existing ones.
If you’re not sure about getting out on the water, the beach is perfect for sun chasing and relaxing and with its fine, sandy appearance, is ideal for families wanting to spend some time building sandcastles and playing. At various points there are chances to indulge in some rock pooling too, so you can find out more about the creatures that live in this beautiful region.
In the summer months, visitors can take part in Beach Volleyball with the onsite school. Whether its just for fun or you want to add a bit of a competitive edge, there are plenty of chances to show off your skills with one of their sessions.
Beautiful coastal views
It will come as no surprise that Croyde Bay falls into the North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so budding photographers and nature lovers will have plenty to occupy them.
Aside from the draw of the beach, Croyde is a great family friendly destination. There are plenty of pleasant walking trails around the coastline including some along the cliff top offering a wonderful panoramic view of Croyde Bay and across to Saunton Sands. The Fruit and Nut Trail boasts the best views over the village and can be accessed from several points with maps of the trail widely available from the high street. Another great place to visit while in Croyde is the nearby Baggy Point which is managed by the National Trust. It has a great viewpoint and gives you a real taste of the area’s geology. If you are keen walkers, there are a variety of maps covering the wide variety of trails around the village that are available from the National Trust car park.
For more relaxing activities, the Deckchair Cinema is a hugely popular event with regular showings. Continuously featured as one of the best things to do when in Croyde, the Deckchair Cinema has been running since 2007 and has a wide variety of film screenings taking place with a great mix of new releases and old classics. Much loved by families and solo travellers alike, this is one of the must do attractions while visiting the region. Make sure to look out for the latest showings and times from local advertising.