|Best Beaches in North Devon
Woolacombe is known around the world for its superb surf.
But Woolacombe is far more than just a surfer's paradise.
The three mile stretch of golden sand - backed by dunes and low
cliffs - is an absolute joy! The beach is patrolled by lifeguards.
Woolacombe village is a friendly place with excellent pubs,
restaurants and shops. And Woolacombe offers a wide variety of
gay-owned and gay-friendly places to stay - from 3 Star hotels to
cosy guest houses, from luxury cottages to rustic campsites.
Saunton & Braunton
Saunton Sands is a mightily impressive beach - backed by the
equally impressive Braunton Borrows - one of Britain's largest
sand dune systems - perfect for secluded sunbathing!
Braunton claims to be the largest village in England.
The old part of the village has narrow streets and quaint cottages.
The shopping is excellent and there is a selection of pubs and
restaurants including an award winning fish & chip Shop!
Braunton has several gay-owned and gay-friendly places to stay.
Croyde Bay is a favourite destination for surfers from all around
the world. Now and then, you'll find hollow barrelling waves here!
Croyde village is delightful - with thatched cottages and some
nice places to eat. Putsborough (Just North of Croyde) is another
award winning beach, and Baggy Point boasts dramatic
cliff-scenery and spectacular walking. Baggy point is popular with
rock climbers - and watching them can be very entertaining!
Croyde and the surrounding area has a good selection of gay
owned and gay-friendly accommodation.
Westward Ho! was named after a novel by local author Charles
Kingsley. Westward Ho! has a spectacular sandy beach, backed
by magnificent dunes (burrows)
Westward Ho! is very popular in the summer holiday season - and
rightly so! The beach is huge - with space for everyone to do
his/her own thing! Parking is easy and facilities are good.
Gay-owned and gay-friendly accommodation is plentiful,
and there is a good choice of places to eat and drink.
Wild Pear Beach can only be reached on foot and the nearest
car park is in Combe Martin. The walk to the beach is very steep
and not for the faint-hearted! But if you want to sunbathe in the
buff, Wild Pear Beach is the place, The difficulty of the walk means
that once you arrive, you usually have the place pretty much to
yourself - so do what you will! Wild Pear is a nudist beach.
There are no facilities on the beach - so bring everything you'll
need for you own perfect day of sun, fun and seclusion!
North Devon has remained almost untouched by developers. Much of the coast here faces the Atlantic and
is wild and wonderful - miles of golden beaches, fabulous surf, a few small villages, and not so many visitors!
If it's peace and quiet that you seek - North Devon is the place! These are our favourite North Devon beaches.
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