Alex’s muchbetter Guide to Croyde

Why Croyde?

Its getting pretty popular these days, and not without good reason. A really stunning hamlet on the North Devon coast, complete with thatched roves, backed by green hills and surrounded by striking cliffs and golden beaches. Some of the North Coasts most talked about surf spots, with great climbing and stunning coastal walks, making this a great adventure destination.

There is a vibrant community here, which brings a great vibe, especially in the shoulder seasons when the locals get a bit more free time.

Favorite spot for Surfing in Croyde?*

My favourite spot is probably Putsborough actually, just north of Croyde. It tends to be the most sheltered, so works in more conditions, and isnt as heavy as the break at Croyde, so you can get some really long rides.

If you like a heavy, hollow wave then Croyde between low and mid tide is the place for you, and the beach is big enough that you dont have to get caught in the crowds.

If you are learning to surf then Saunton, just round the corner, has a much slower, friendlier wave.

Favorite places to grab some food in Croyde?

The best Cornish Pasty comes from the Post Office shop. Big, fresh and tasty, thats lunch sorted. There isnt a huge choice in the evenings. The Thatch is everyone favourite for proper pub grub and a few ciders. Good luck getting a table in high season though try the Manor which has a really nice outdoor seating area, good food and friendly atmosphere.

Favorite places for a drink in Croyde?

It has to be the Thatch really. Lively is an understatement, and you can usually count on a decent local band or dj to come on just as the ciders are kicking in.

Whats the best time of year to come to Croyde?

May or September to escape the crowds (it does fill up in peak summer). You will get better surf around then, get a bit of elbow room at the bar, and it will still be warm enough to enjoy camping too.

The best surfing, like anywhere in the UK, is during the winter. You wont be alone any time of year, especially if there is some swell about. Just bring gloves and boots for your wetsuit!

Anything else you need to share for people planning a muchbetter adventure to Croyde?

Most of the campsites have a policy of no large single sex groups, and a minimum stay of 3 nights is the norm. So if you are planning a stag weekend then think carefully. The rules were designed to discourage the classic stag do and keep the Croyde atmosphere special.

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