Pictures of Croyde
Croyde has an olde-world charm of immense appeal to everyone. It is one of those places that in spite of encroaching modernity and an influx of youthful enthusiastic surfers and walkers, has fortunately managed to retain its 'old fashioned serenity' and friendly welcoming atmosphere.
Croyde village has a scattering of thatched, colourwashed cottages and other delightful buildings, all sheltered by dunes which stand between the village and the bay. The grassy dunes, crossed by rippling streams show several varieties of pretty wild flowers and although the bay is popular with surfers it is unsafe for bathing at low tide. In the hinterland beyond the coast there are fascinating old villages - at Georgenham, the ancient church of St.George stands in the midst of a cluster of enchanting thatched cottages. Other features of this lovely holiday area include attractive coastal walks across fine National Trust land. From Baggy Point, owned by the NT there are splendid, far reaching views to Lundy Island. Beneath Baggy Point lies a large cave which can only be reached by boat at low tide.
Situated in one of England's finest coastal regions, Croyde offers a worthwhile holiday resort for every member of the family. There is a wealth of interesting architecture in the area, pleasant inns and restaurants, fabulous sandy beaches, excellent opportunities for watersports and an abundance of wild sea-birds and other sea life. Croyde also has a fascinating gem rock and stone museum.
For fun, sea, sand and a great deal of pleasure, Croyde is a must!
Places to visit include: Barnstaple for museum and fine gardens, Morwood Hill Gardens, Woolacombe, The Taw Estuary or Enjoy a fishing trip.
The village's thatched, picturesque cottages are sheltered by dunes which stand between the village and Croyde Bay's beautiful sandy beach. In recent years the bay, which has always been popular, has become increasingly busy with surfers. Surfboards and beach equipment can be hired locally, and there are plenty of pleasant places to enjoy a meal and a drink. Visitors will find attractive shops, with souvenirs and paintings, some by local artists.
Because Croyde is somewhat smaller than its near neighbours it can get very busy during the summer months, particularly with visitors who flock here for the excellent windsurfing and swimming. It is also an ideal location for walking, with a pleasant walk along a coastal footpath to Baggy Point, where National Trust land offer splendid sea and coastal views. On a clear day, Lundy, some 15 miles offshore is visible from this dramatic headland. Baggy Hole, a large cave carved into the headland can be reached by boat at low tide.
There is a wide choice of holiday accommodation in the area, this ranges from luxury hotels, to guest houses, self-catering holiday cottages and friendly Bed and Breakfast rooms in local homes.
Croyde Bay sits between the beaches of Saunton Sands and Putsborough Sands, both offer attractive beaches for sunbathing and swimming.