Saunton & Croyde
World-class surfing, beach days and fine-dining are all on offer at Saunton and Croyde. Just 20 miles from Duckhaven Stud and the Seahorse Apartments, these famous North Devon beaches are well worth the journey.
As well as surfing and sunbathing, Saunton Sands has spent some time in the limelight. Featuring in the music video for Coldplay's 'Yellow' and Hollywood blockbuster Edge Of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise, the three-mile long beach gets its fair share of attention. The impressive Saunton Sands Hotel sits above the beach and is the perfect place to enjoy lunch or an evening meal. It gets the best of the sunshine and on a hot summer's day, so you'd be forgiven for thinking you were somewhere more exotic! For experienced surfers, Saunton Sands and neighbouring beach Croyde produce world-class waves. If you're a beginner or you'd like to learn how to ride the waves, classes and surfboard hire are available. With so much space, the beach is never really crowded, so you're guaranteed to find a nice quiet spot to enjoy the day. Below the hotel, the Beachside Grill is an excellent choice for lunch or dinner. Specialising in delicious grilled meat and seafood dishes, it's a great place to sample local cuisine with a sea view.
A few minutes down the road, discover the laid-back coastal village of Croyde. Famous for its waves and sandy streets, Croyde is the ideal place to spend a day by the sea. Kick off your shoes and feel the sand between your toes and if you're here for the surf, dive in. The surrounding grassy hills and rugged cliffs give way to the open beach, offering a haven for swimmers and sunbathers. Families, don't forget your buckets and spades! This is prime sandcastle building territory. In the village, Croyde's charming streets are lined with surf shops, restaurants and pubs. Here you can hire surfboards and wetsuits, or pick up all the inflatable boats and lilos you need to make your beach day perfect. You'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to dining out in Croyde. Its most popular eatery is The Thatch. This chilled out pub has a huge menu of tasty seafood, contemporary British fare and barbecue dishes. On a sunny day, the terrace is full of happy customers basking in the sunshine.
The 40-minute drive to Saunton and Croyde from Westward Ho! is incredibly picturesque. Look out over the estuary as you pass Barnstaple and admire the county's rolling countryside. You'll also pass through Braunton, England's largest village, home to independent shops, the famous fish and chip shop Squires and the Museum of British Surfing. If you want to pick up anything for a beach picnic, the village shops sell plenty of local produce, tasty meats, breads and cheeses.
Saunton's extensive beach can be seen from the grounds here at Westward Living, so you know you're never too far from the best North Devon has to offer. After a day at the beach, put your feet up at your luxury holiday cottage and get ready to do it all again tomorrow.