Thinking of taking a holiday in North Devon. These things might help…

The Beaches

Croyde, Woolacombe, Saunton, Westward Ho! You’ll have beaches for days in North Devon; small beaches, big beaches, sandy beaches and pebble beaches.

Having grown up right next to it, Croyde is naturally my favourite beach in the area, you just can’t beat that view coming around the corner from Saunton. Woolacombe is also a local favourite, having been voted the best beach in the UK on multiple occasions.

The Views

Well, well, well… this is a hard as there are so many incredible views here in North Devon. Some of the best you’ll be able to see are on the Four Beaches Walk over from Croyde to Saunton, where you’ll see Croyde, Saunton, Woolacombe and Instow.

Then there’s Clovelly, a unique fisherman’s village nestled on the side of the cliff. It’s hard to find a more picturesque village, full of nostalgia, I would definitely recommend a visit.

Surfing, SUP and Coasteering

Surfing is probably the most popular activity in Croyde, who doesn’t love getting in the sea. Stand up paddle boarding has become increasing popular recently as has coasteering.

Cream Teas

If you’ve ever been to Devon (or the dark side, Cornwall), you’ll know cream teas can be a hotly contested issue, as it is disputed whether you should put the clotted cream or jam on the scone first (we’ll get to that in the coming weeks). Nevertheless, sitting down to homemade scones, proper clotted cream, jam and tea makes for a lovely afternoon.

There are some really good tea shops in the area, such as Sandleigh on Baggy Point, Tea on the Taw in Barnstaple and the Corn Dolly in South Molton to name a few.

Top Attractions

There’s a day out for everyone in North Devon, young or old, fit or not so much! We’ve recently seen a rise in millenials coming down to stay with us for the weekend to enjoy a surf and pop to the pub, but also venturing out to attractions like the North Devon Wake Park and the Ultimate Adventure Centre.

For families, you can check out our blog here for attractions like Roylands Riding Stables and the Milky Way.

If you’re coming out of season, looking for that more relaxed trip, you could visit places like Dartington Crystal for factory tours as well as Hartland Abbey and Gardens.

There is genuinely so much to do in North Devon if you to want. If not… head down the beach and we’ll see you at the bar later.

Blog written by our travel writer Si Willis. You can subscribe here.