What To Do In

North Devon

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Whether you’re into surfing and kayaking, or fancy a walk along the coast followed by dinner at a Michelin starred restaurant, you’re never short of something to do in North Devon.

North Devon Beaches

We admit we’re biased, but we truly believe that the beaches of North Devon are some of the best in the world. The ones listed below are some of our favourites, but there are so many others just waiting to be explored along the beautiful North Devon coastline.

Saunton Sands

Saunton Sands is a long stretch of sandy beach backed by the impressive Braunton Burrows – a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It’s a popular beach with surfers and families alike, and boasts plenty of places to eat, including our personal favourite – the Beachside Grill. It’s also wheelchair accessible. Some areas are dogs-friendly all year round.


Woolacombe beach is one of the finest beaches in the West Country and often voted the best beach in the UK. It’s popular with both families and surfers and big enough to never feel over-crowded. There are toilets, shops, cafes and ice-cream sellers galore. Parts of the beach are dog-friendly all year round. Head to Putsborough, at the far end of Woolacombe, if you want a quieter spot for your picnic blanket.


Croyde Bay is thought to be one of the best surfing beaches in the world. There are also rock pools to explore at either end of the beach, several public footpaths around the village and a number of places to eat. Try the walk to Baggy Point if you want spectacular views. Dogs are allowed October to April.

Westward Ho!

With its range of amusements, activities, shops and play areas, Westward Ho! is a popular destination for families, swimmers, surfers and dog walkers. It’s made up of a long sandy beach, backed by a pebble ridge, with Northam Burrows Country Park at one end. Dogs are
permitted from October to April on the whole beach and all year round at the Northam Burrows end. As with Woolacombe, Westward Ho! beach is big enough that you’ll never struggle to find a space to stretch out, build a sandcastle or play a game of Frisbee.

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North Devon by Bike or Foot

North Devon is a beautiful destination for cyclists and walkers alike, and is well served by a number of cycle routes and paths. One of the main attractions is the  Tarka Trail – one of the country’s longest traffic-free cycle paths. Highlights on the trail include the Exmoor National Park and plenty of stunning coastal views. If you haven’t brought your bike, it’s definitely worth hiring one for the day.

There are also plenty of woodlands, river valleys, estuaries, a UNESCO biosphere, and miles upon miles of countryside to explore by foot.

Devon Food and Drink

Devon is well-known for its food and drink. We have hundreds of local growers and producers, from cheese makers to artisan bakers. And you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to eating out, whether you fancy a Michelin Star dining experience or hearty pub grub by an open fire.

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