The Best Things to do in Croyde
Croyde Bay is a small surf village on the Devon coast in England. It holds a special place in my heart because this is where I lived with my husband for the first 5 years of our marriage. Hours from any major city, friends and family were a bit taken back that I was living in a remote location like this, but really there are plenty of things to do in Croyde! It’s also the perfect getaway for families, friends or couples.
The population of the village increases heavily in the summer months when all the hotels, campsites and holiday parks fill up with holidaymakers. Summer is so much fun, but I also love the stillness and calm of Winter and being the only one walking on the beach. Here is my guide on the best things to do in Croyde, from a former local!
Croyde Check list
When I go back to Croyde for a visit, I make sure to tick all of these off! In my option these are the best things to do in Croyde, but I’ve listed a more detailed guide below.
- Have a drink at The Thatch – Thatcher’s Cider is my preference!
- Eat a meal at The Kings Arms – They usually have good seafood specials.
- Go for a coastal walk.
- Have coffee and avocado toast at The Stores.
- Go for a Surf.
- Get fish and chips at Squires.
Where to Stay in Croyde
Croyde Bay Resort – A hotel and self catering cottages and lodges with it’s own beach access. Indoor pool, gym and playing field are among the other amenities.
Camping – Multiple campsites pop up for the busy season. The season usually kicks off in April/May and goes until October.
Chalet Saunton – A luxury Aparthotel with sweeping views of Saunton Beach.
What to do in Croyde
Coasteering – Set off for a day of excitement coasteering along Baggy Point.
Surfing – Croyde is well known for it’s surf beach. Take a lesson or rent equipment if you already have some experience. Be careful in summer as the sea can get quite busy!
Bay Fitness – Bootcamp and yoga on Croyde Beach. Drop in sessions for £7. A fun way to work out while maximizing your “beach” time.
Golf at Saunton Golf Club – A championship links gold course just down the road. Certain rules apply to be able to play so make sure to get in touch with the club.
Volleyball on the beach – Have a session with The Beach Volleyball School or bring your own ball and play during free time.
The Gym Braunton– Day passes and week passes available. The gym is located a ten minute drive from Croyde, next to Tesco’s in Braunton.
Tarka Trail – Take a ride on the Tarka Trail fro the day. Bike hire available at the Barnstaple Rail Station. Stop for lunch at Waterside Cafe.
South West Coast Path
- Baggy Point – Has an easy access path which is great for families wanting to do this walk. There is a National Trust car park which you can pay a small fee to use. Bathroom facilities and a cafe are next to the parking.
- Four Beaches Walk – A beautiful walk where you will get to see, you guessed it, FOUR Beaches!
Braunton Burrows is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The Burrows are set just behind Saunton Beach and are wonderful to explore on a Summer’s or Winter’s Day.
Beaches near Croyde
All of the below beaches have bathroom and parking facilities as well as a cafe. Day charges apply.
Croyde Bay – My home beach for 6 years is known as one of the top surfing beaches in the country or even the world! It’s a beautiful sandy beach great for sunbathing and walks. There are entrances on both ends of the beach. One of my favorite things to do in Croyde is to watch the sunset from the dunes.
Saunton Beach – Another sandy beach just in front of the Braunton Burrows, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It’s one of the easiest beaches to access.
Woolacombe – Consistently winning praises for one of the best beaches in the country, this beach is topnotch. The new Porthole Cafe is located here with sweeping views of the Atlantic.
Putsborough Sands – A long stretch of beach situated between Baggy Point and Woolacombe Beach.
Where to Eat and Drink in or Near Croyde
Pubs in Croyde
- The Thatch (Croyde)- Best for live music and and pint. They always have a range of guest ales, gins, rums and gluten free options. One of their outdoor patios and the other is shared Billy Bud’s. It’s the same owner so they don’d mind if you take your pint between locations.
- Billy Bud’s (Croyde) – Best for watching sports and casual bites like pizza and wings.
- The Kings Arms (Georgeham) – Best for their food specials. Their dining room with fireplace is super cozy.
- The Rock Inn (Georgeham)- Best for a meal out with the family.
- Barricane Beach Cafe (Woolacombe) – Open in Summer, when weather permits, is the Barricane Beach Cafe. Bring your own picnic set up (and alcohol) and enjoy an authentic Sri Lankan curry on the beach served from 5-7. Get there early to guarantee your plate! They also serve drinks an snacks throughout the day.
- The Porthole (Woolacombe) – A new cafe in conjunction with Seadog and The National trust. Panaramoic views of the Atlantic.
- Waterside Cafe (Barnstaple) – An Italian cafe and coffee stop just off the Tarka Trail.
- The Stores (Croyde) – Light bites, excellent coffee and a small section of artisan food and drink products to purchase. They sometimes do special dining events to be sure to check for updates.
- Squires (Braunton) – The best fish and chips I’ve ever had! Take away or sit down available.
- Blue Groove (Croyde) – With an eclectic menu, theres something for everyone at The Blue Groove.
- Riverside Cafe (Braunton) – The bet value around for dining. Serve the freshest ingredients for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- The Olive Room (Ilfracombe) – A Michelin star restaurant by Chef Thomas Carr with a seafood focus. Reservations necessary.
Events in Croyde
Croyde Deck Chair Cinema – Monthly showings happen right in the Croyde Village Hall.
Gold Coast Oceanfest – A music festival overlooking Croyde Beach in the middle of June. Big name acts in the past include Tom Odell, Craig David, Bastille, George Ezra and Ben Howard.
Skybar – This pop up bar travels around the U.K. looking for the best views. Music nights like Beach house and Sunday Soul.
Things to do Near Croyde: Day trip Ideas
- Lynton & Lynmouth // Valley of The Rocks
- Lundy Island
- Westward Ho!