Explore Croyde

Nestled on the gorgeous North Devon coastline, Croyde is a surfer’s village that offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, outdoor adventure, and classic English charm. Whether you’re an avid surfer, a nature enthusiast, or simply looking for some Vitamin Sea on a relaxing getaway, Croyde has something for everyone.

Stay at Serenity, our beautifully designed three bedroom duplex apartment sleeping eight, which is just five minutes from Croyde beach.

Here’s our top things to do during your stay, balancing activities and exploration with plenty of relaxation and time to spend unwinding at your retreat.

Read how you could spend a night in Croyde and leave the car at home with our No Drive Delights: Croyde blog

Surfing at Croyde Bay

Croyde Bay is renowned for its excellent surfing conditions, attracting surfers from all over the world. Croyde is part of the 18 miles of coastline which has been formally recognised as a world surfing reserve, joining 11 other stretches of the coast around the world including Malibu, Noosa and Hawaii. It’s the first in the UK and only the second one in Europe, the other being Portugal. With its consistent waves and beautiful sandy beach, it’s the perfect spot for both beginners and experienced surfers.

There’s plenty of local surf schools offering lessons and equipment rentals, such as Surfing Croyde Bay. After your session, grab lunch or a coffee at one of Croyde’s many beachfront hangouts.

Coastal walks

Hop on the South West Coast Path for breathtaking coastal walks with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. A popular route is the walk from Croyde to Baggy Point, a National Trust site known for its dramatic cliffs and panoramic vistas, alongside birdwatching and wildflower spotting opportunities. The area is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its geological features. An easy, level walk, the trail is suitable for all fitness levels, and the fresh sea air and beautiful scenery make it a must-do activity.

Serenity, Croyde

Food and drink

No visit to Croyde is complete without sampling the local cuisine. Some of our favourite places to eat include:

Biffen’s Kitchen: serving surf-inspired street food

The Beach Cafe Downend: Sri Lankan-inspired eats

New Coast Kitchen: Michelin-guide recommended relaxed dining

The Antidote: Michelin-guide dining nearby in Ilfracombe

Relax on the beach

For those who prefer a more laid-back experience, Croyde Bay’s golden sands are perfect for sunbathing, beachcombing, and paddling. The beach is family-friendly, with plenty of space for games and building sandcastles. With your retreat Serenity so close, pop back for lunch or pack a picnic and spend the day by the water.

Explore the village

Croyde village itself is charming, with traditional thatched cottages, quaint shops, and cosy pubs. Take a leisurely stroll through the village to soak in its coastal cool atmosphere. Enjoy a pint at The Thatch, a popular pub known for its hearty meals and friendly ambience.

Horse riding

Experience the beauty of Croyde’s countryside and coastline on horseback. Local stables offer guided horse riding tours suitable for all levels, from novice to experienced riders. This is a unique way to explore the area and enjoy the stunning landscapes from a different perspective.


If you’re seeking more adventure, Croyde has plenty to offer. Try coasteering, a thrilling activity that involves climbing, swimming, and jumping along the rocky coastline. Alternatively, kayaking and paddleboarding are great ways to explore the sea and nearby coves. You might even spot seals, sea birds and even dolphins. Equipment rentals and guided tours are readily available from Surfing Croyde Bay surf school.

Catching a wave in Croyde Bay

Image credit: Lou Pamment @lou.lives.big

Visit nearby attractions

Croyde is ideally located for exploring other attractions in North Devon. A short drive away is the historic village of Clovelly, famous for its steep cobbled streets and picturesque harbour. For families, The Big Sheep and The Milky Way Adventure Park provide fun-filled days out with rides, shows, and animal encounters.

Wildlife watching

Nature lovers will enjoy the abundant wildlife in and around Croyde. The nearby Braunton Burrows, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. Birdwatchers can spot various species along the coast and in the surrounding countryside.


For golf enthusiasts, the Saunton Golf Club is located just a short distance from Croyde. The club boasts two championship links courses set amidst stunning coastal scenery. Visitors are welcome, and the courses offer a challenging yet enjoyable experience for golfers of all skill levels.


Head further afield to Exmoor, just 30 minutes by car. This nature-lovers haven is a Dark Sky Reserve, meaning you can gaze up at starry skies and shooting stars. The area is also great for nature trails and red stag safaris.

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