Glorious Devon Beaches

Glorious Devon Beaches

Only a 5 minute drive in the car or if you would rather walk and explore the coastline it will take you about 20. - 25minutes. Westward Ho! beach has been awarded The Blue Flag for the 13th year running, it is the only Westward Ho! beach is only a 5-minute drive in the car or if you would rather walk and explore the coastline it will take you about 20. - 25minutes. If you take a camera, it will probably take you longer as you will be spoilt for choice with all the photo opportunities.

Westward Ho! Beach

Westward Ho! beach has over 2.5 miles of golden sandy beach and hasbeen awardedTheBlue Flagfor the 18th year running in 2021, it is the only beach in North Devon to have this status in recognitions for its safe and environmentally friendly attributes.

Access is fairly easy down a concrete ramp from the town of Westward Ho! There is plenty of parking in the village and next to the slipway as well as an assortment of places to purchase or rent essential beach equipment such has buckets and spades, wind breaks, wet suits or inflatables.

Remember no trip to the beach in Westward Ho! is complete without a Hockings ice-cream. There is nothing quite like the taste of Hockings ice cream, the recipe is a family secret which many visitors have tried to guess over the years.

Croyde Bay

Located just over 20 miles away from Westward Living holiday cottages, Croyde Bay is a sandy beach backed by sand dunes and sandy coves situated in a small bay on the North Devon Coast. The beach is very popular with swimmers, more experienced surfers. There is a RNLI Lifeguard service available from May to September, throughout Easter weekend, all October weekends and October Half Term. Dogs are allowed October to April.

Woolacombe Bay

About an hour away from Westward Living Holiday Cottages, Woolacombe Bay is located on the other side of the coast. It's a big favourite for surfers, attracting thousands of people each summer to this and its bohemian edged resort. This is one of the reasons it is fast becoming renowned as an international surfing hotspot. You will find kiss me quick hats, donuts and postcards galore, the summer is very busy however it’s a great day out for beach lovers as long as you don’t mind the crowds and be prepared for long queues in traffic in the peak season.

Instow Beach

Instow beach is a wheelchair accessible sandy beach located about 6 miles away from Westward Living holiday cottages. It is smaller than Westward Ho! beach but it is a popular family friendly beach known for it's sand dunes and picturesque coastal views.

Dogs are welcome on Instow beach all year round however there are some restrictions in the main town end between May 1st and Sept 30th. There are plenty of beach front shops and restaurants to discover in Instow but road parking is limited, however there is spacious public car park at the end of the burrows.

The grid reference for Instow beach is SS 4719 3044 and the postcode for sat nav is EX39 4JH

Saunton Sands

Saunton Sands is a long straight sandy beach backed by the impressive Braunton Burrows a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Dogs are allowed between October and April. Walks to Crow Point are refreshing and provide some amazing views across the coastline. Saunton gets very busy in the summer and has limited parking.You can view Saunton sands across the bay from our private coastal headland at Westward Living.Toilets and Showers with disabled facilities including the new Landeez, the all-terrain and beach wheelchair availablefor hire. Sand is very soft sand at entrance making wheelchair access difficult.

Barricane Beach

Located near Morthoe, this is lovely beach which is also popular with locals. It is a designated site of special scientific interest (SSSI) due to the fascinating collection of shells on the beach. Dogs are permitted from October to April and on a lead only from May to September.

Barricane is quite rocky which makes it great to claim your own private bathing space, Chris and Kathy love to visit this beach with the children as the sea is fabulous to swim in. There is a large paid for car park, toilets, and a few food cabins including a seasonal cabin selling delicious Sri Lankan food. There are steps and a ramp leading down to the beach which are quite steep.

Hartland Quay

About 10 miles away, HartlandQuay is a small pebble and rockbeachwith some areas of sand, along theHartlandDevon Heritage Coast near to the border with Cornwall. It is known for the spectacular scenery and the imposing cliffs that tower over thebeach. ... Thebeach is accessed via a slipway, but it is too steep for wheelchair access. If you got to Hartland remember to take your cameraas the views are outstanding. Why not make a day of it and visit Hartland Abbey, which was the location for many wellknownfilms includingDaphne du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca’ and BBC’s Sense and Sensibility

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