Croyde Bay Beach Photography – Our Top Picks

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Croyde and North Devon have so much stunning scenery, from beautiful beaches to coastal cliff faces, there is always a good opportunity for a photo. We’ve highlighted some of our favourite Croyde Bay beach photography and North Devon beach photography too.


Naturally our favourite beach ever and just over the sand dunes from the resort, Croyde Beach is regularly voted one of the best in the country. Of course, it is gorgeous at any time of the day. Early morning in the first picture shot at low tide, during a clear day when you can see Lundy Island off the coast. Or around dusk and one of the many beautiful Croyde Bay sunsets we get!

From the resort you can make the short walk to the location in the below image by turning right out of the main entrance, walking along the pavement and down to the beach steps or benches along the coast path. An undoubtedly perfect spot for watching the sun go down.

Lundy Island is also located off the North Devon coast, the cliff faces can be seen vividly on a clear day. Additionally, you can even day trip to the island from the neighbouring town of Ilfracombe.


There is not only Croyde Beach you can visit whilst staying at Croyde Bay Resort but also many of Devon’s best beaches located nearby too. Saunton Sands, featured in the first picture here, is a huge beach perfect for learning to surf or taking a long walk. The third image features Woolacombe Beach which is consistently voted the best beach in the UK and has recently featured in TripAdvisor’s top 20 beaches in the world.

Putsborough Beach can be seen here from one of the coastal walks that runs between Woolacombe and Putsborough. Featuring views of the epic Baggy Point in the background.

This time a view of Putsborough again but from Baggy Point. Standing out into the Atlantic, watching the waves roll in. You can get to this location by walking across the beach, passed the National Trust car park and on to the Baggy Point trails.

A bird’s eye view photo of the many layers and aspects to Woolacombe beach.


Whether it’s the natural beauty of coastal formations near Hartland, the old fisherman’s village of Clovelly or the unique pebble ridge in Westward Ho!. There is without a doubt plenty of beautiful photography spots around the North Devon coast.

Hartland is notably one of the quieter villages in the area, but still plenty of reasons to visit including its old-time feel and the stunning surrounding scenery. For example, the incredible Black Church Rock pictured in the first photograph below.

Westward Ho! is one of the country’s most unique beaches with the geological wonder of the pebble ridge. Perfect for a day out with the family along with a bit of geography lesson thrown in too!

Perhaps one of the most unique villages in the country. The famous fishing village of Clovelly centres around a cobbled street ramping down from the 400ft cliffs towards the ocean and a harbour where boats can still be seen leaving to catch Crab and Lobster.

Watersmeet is a delightful mix of North Devon coast and countryside. The National Trust owned property features a tearoom that has been operating as such since 1901. It has scones made fresh daily and lots of outdoor seating for taking in that country air and being at one with nature.

The Valley of the Rocks is definitely one of the best photography spots in North Devon, stunning cliffs, ocean views and picturesque rock formations.


There’s nothing we love more than seeing people enjoying their holidays in Croyde. From that pure joy of running in to go bodyboarding to exploring the rock pools along the coastline.

At both ends of the beach, you’ll also find rock formations that could keep you entertained for hours.

Those magical family moments spent together at the beach.


Croyde is blessed with some of the best sunsets in the country, perfect of course for snapping a photo at golden hour. From wherever you watch the sunset over the Atlantic, you’re sure to get a good view and photo opportunity.

Bright oranges and blues as the day fades to darkness. You can get to this location to take a photo by heading from the resort to the South West Coast Path at our end of the beach.

This little clearing in the sand dunes is especially perfect for bringing along a blanket, sheltering from the breeze and enjoying a couple of degrees of extra heat, kept in by the sand dunes as you watch the sun go down.


Nestled in between the sand dunes and the lush green hills, take a look at some of the other photos of our accommodation in Croyde.

The open plan kitchen and living area in our lodges opens out on to a 3metre decking with outdoor furniture.

Some of our 2 bedroom self catering cottages, located along the football field towards the beach gate and sand dunes.

One of our 4 bedroom lodges with outdoor dining, absolutely perfect for those warm evenings.

Inside one of our first-floor hotel rooms. King-sized beds with comfy mattresses and plenty of space. Note this picture is from a previous post and the offer is no longer on at this time.

Some of our 3 bedroom lodges and 2 bedroom cottages open out on to the play park, so you can let the children roam free and watch over them as they play!

Finally, round off the day by relaxing in your own space as the sun goes down..

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