10 Things to Do in Croyde That You Shouldn't Miss

November 4, 2017 Weston Hennigan

Croyde is a village on the west-facing coastline of North Devon, England. The village lies on the South West Coast Path near to Baggy Point, which is owned by the National Trust. It lies within the North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Croyde village and its beach faces the Atlantic Ocean near the western limit of the Bristol Channel.
Restaurants in Croyde

1. Surf South West

Moors Lane, Croyde, Braunton, England
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5 based on 522 reviews

Surf South West

Surf South West run Surfing lessons, surf courses and surf holidays at Croyde Bay and Saunton Sands in North Devon. Mission Learn, Improve, Excel Company Overview In 1996 Darren Burrett, an established British Surfing Association instructor with many years Surfing and coaching experience, fulfilled his lifelong ambition to run his own north devon surf school. From these small beginnings, Surf South West is now internationally recognised as a provider of Surfing lessons in Devon and surf holidays in Europe, Costa Rica and Africa. We were the first surf school to be awarded level 4 status by the British Surfing Association. This is the highest level attainable, and is awarded in recognition that Surf South West has the highest standards of surf coaching. We have achieved 'Approved Surf School' status for all our years in existence and all our instructors are also qualified beach lifeguards.

Reviewed By NatalieByrne - Liverpool, United Kingdom

I've always wanted to try Surfing, so I decided to book a myself a group Surfing lesson with Surf South West. When I arrived it turned out that I was the only one in the group (probably because it was off-season). I had my one-on-one lesson with Jack. Jack was really friendly, enthusiastic and made everything super clear and really easy to understand. We ended up having the whole of the sea to ourselves for 2 hours and I managed to stand up fully twice, which was amazing. I would definitely recommend this surf school and in particular a lesson with Jack.

2. Croyde Surf Academy

Down End Car Park, Croyde, Braunton EX33 1QE, England
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5 based on 464 reviews

Croyde Surf Academy

OPEN ALL YEAR Providing comprehensive Surf & S.U.P. Lessons & Hire from ages 5-85. Coasteering sessions from age 8 upwards. Based from the Academy's Big Blue Bus in Down End Car Park, Croyde overlooking the beach. WE GUARANTEE TO HAVE YOU UP & RIDING IN YOUR FIRST SURF LESSON OR YOUR SECOND LESSON FREE ! We have changing facilities on the bus and there are also on-site toilets and showers.Hot and cold refreshments can be purchased from the Cafe in the car park.

Reviewed By Cavie - Bristol

I booked a kids Surfing lesson during Easter - the temperature was 8 degrees, so there was no way I was getting in the water but the kids (9 and 10) were insistent. Their instructor, Ian, was amazing. He ensured they had winter kit, including gloves, boots and hood. Their safety and enjoyment was paramount. Ian got both of them standing up after a bit of tuition - they really felt like pro surfers with the encouragement he was giving them. Although Mum and Dad were frozen on the beach, I think the kids would have stayed in all day with Ian if they could!

3. Lyndon Wake Surf School

Baggy Lodge | Moor Lane, Croyde, Braunton EX33 1PA, England
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5 based on 149 reviews

Lyndon Wake Surf School

Lyndon Wake Surf School is a unique attraction, run by Surfing professionals and located at Baggy Lodge on the scenic Baggy Point (North side of Croyde bay). Offering surf lessons, coasteering and surf hire, the school is becoming established as the place to be for all ages and abilities. Fun filled sessions, days and weeks can be spent here with a welcoming vibe.

Reviewed By Lkingsley5208 - Bicester, United Kingdom

We booked a Surfing lesson for my boyfriend & sons. Unfortunately, there wasn't much surf on on the day we had booked but they had a paddle boarding lesson instead & got to ride a few baby waves. Lyndon & James made the session lots of fun. James took the time with my eldest, who was struggling & getting frustrated, by taking him to one side & really helped him. They all had a great time & they can't wait to have another when we visit next guest.

4. North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Croyde, Braunton EX31 1EA, England +44 1271 388647
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5 based on 129 reviews

North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is one of England's most special places with breath-taking coastal scenery, beautiful Beaches and coves, stunning coastal cliffs and woodlands. Steeped in heritage with an abundance of wildlife, the North Devon Coast AONB stretches from the edge of Exmoor to the Cornish Border. There is no shortage of things to see, do or explore. We hope you love North Devon as much as we do and enjoy your time here - all feedback and recommendations hugely welcome.

Reviewed By Karl N - Braunton, United Kingdom

This is the area I live in and is very beautiful. There is so much to see, as well as a variety of different views and walks to experience. Totally recommend visiting this area.

5. Baggy Point Easy Access Walk

Baggy Point National Trust Car Park, Croyde, Braunton PL21 9EF, England +44 1752 896237
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Baggy Point Easy Access Walk

A short and easy 2.7 mile walk on the South West Coast Path out to the tip of Baggy Point and back again, taking in spectacular views of the coastline towards Bideford Bay and Hartland. Children will love the whale bones and the old wreck post, as well as the rocks and cliffs. A gently sloping walk out to Baggy Point and back. An alternative route back includes a short steep climb.

Reviewed By Mjvhav - Barnstaple, United Kingdom

It's worth the struggle getting to park if you like a good walk and, on a clear day, there are stunning views across to Lundy or in both directions along the Devon and Somerset coast. You can Park in the National Trust car park (payment for non members). But if you are determined it's worth the struggle,at peak holiday times, getting there.

6. Croyde Bay

Croyde, Braunton EX33 1NU, England
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4.5 based on 144 reviews

Croyde Bay

Reviewed By Keith S - Dereham, England, United Kingdom

Lovely enclosed sandy bay with many surfers to observe. It’s great to watch them ride the surf. Could watch for hours! Haven for dog walkers as well. Parking is expensive but worth it if staying for an extended period.
Many bars, restaurants and cafes in the area. Why not twin a visit here to one to Staunton Sands a short drive away?

7. Surfing Croyde Bay

Hobbs Hill, Croyde, Braunton, England
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Surfing Croyde Bay

Amplify your "learn to surf" experience with the best 'Instructor to Student' ratio of any Surfing Great Britain surf school. More attention for you, means you'll be learning faster and progressing sooner! From individuals, kids, colleges, team building and stags and hens we have the Surfing lessons to suit your needs. Lots of fun, on the beach and in the sand pit; we run 2 lessons a day at 9:30 and 1:30 but happy to arrange times to suit. We supply all the equipment; with onsite changing facilities, toilets, and showers. Enjoy a warm drink, hot pasty or tasty ice cream from our shop after your surf. Find us in the Old Cream Shop in the heart of the village.

Reviewed By RockPrincess168 - girlhasaporsche

It's a nice place to surf and take a dip but it doesn't provide good facilities to change or shower after getting in the water. The toilets are filthy and there is an expensive charge for wifi (there's no signal by the beach).

8. Beach Volleyball School

Withywell Lane | Seabirds, Croyde, Braunton EX33 1PX, England +44 7890 890100
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Beach Volleyball School

Welcome to Beach Volleyball School and to Croyde, one of the best locations in the UK for volleyball! For years, we have been providing coaching to some of the best athletes in the UK, helping junior and adult athletes to international acclaim. Now you can be one of them! That's right! This summer, we’re offering sessions twice daily all summer, for EVERYONE. So no matter whether you are 6 or 60, have played for years or will be touching a volleyball for the first time, we have a session for you! Our experienced, professional coaches are waiting for you... So step onto the court with us this summer to begin your beach volleyball journey! Who knows where it might end...

Reviewed By peregrineheathcote - Oxford, United Kingdom

Looking for attractions in Croyde rather than getting in the car and spending hours in traffic, came across Beach Volleyball school, what a find, highly entertaining for the kids and adults alike. Reasonably priced , enthusiastic for all standards and great fun. Highly recommend.Thanks Peregrine, you were both so natural at it, hope you take it up when you are at home as well. Cheers BVS

9. Croyde Deckchair Cinema

1 Jones's Hill, Croyde, Braunton EX33 1LX, England +44 7583 204601
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Croyde Deckchair Cinema

Reviewed By Rosscodad - Northamptonshire, United Kingdom

We have been to the Deckchair cinema about 4 times, it's such a fun evening for kids and adults. Great way to see a current film. Kids and grown ups get to buy popcorn and drinks! We take a pillow along to add to the cosy set up. A definite must for an evening out. Don't be put off by the less advanced way you reserve the tickets, it works seamlessly, and a real reflection of the boutique and entrepreneurial nature of the cinema. Definitely on my Croyde bucket list!

10. Bay Fitness

Woodstock | Stentaway Lane, Croyde, Braunton EX33 1NH, England +44 7583 330239
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Bay Fitness

All inclusive reboot and team building retreats in the South of France and in Croyde Bay, North Devon. Reboot retreats include sunrise yoga, Cycling, Hiking, Personal training, Tandem massage, Surf or Surf lesson options, Fantastic nutrient dense food. Personal training, Fitness and Yoga classes in Croyde, Braunton and Georgeham. Personal training. Surf specific fitness training. Sport specific strength and conditioning and coaching. Stand Up paddle board PT and Yoga.

Reviewed By Simon A - Croyde, United Kingdom

I recently went on Blakey's Reboot Retreat in Hossegor, France and had an absolutely amazing time. The beautiful house with large grounds and pool really let you escape from your normal life and forget about work.
The yoga, fitness, wonderful food, great surf, beautiful scenery and fun packed schedule really gave me a boost and positive outlook for the future.
The reboot team of Blakey, Bex, Phil and Lyn really made everyone feel welcome and taylored to every individuals fitness/dietry needs. The other guests were also a very friendly bunch which had me laughing all week long.
I will definitely be going back next year (mainly for the food and the petanque!)

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