Croyde Bay

Croyde Bay is perhaps the most renowned beach for it's surfing. With lifeguards May to October and the host of local surf shops and hire centres Croyde is a great place to learn to surf. When the swell's good Croyde can have some great A-Frame peaks and the reef on the north side of the bay can produce some nice rights. If you're at the stage when you're just starting to paddle to the outside and the waves are good – try your hardest to keep out of the way of other surfers and use good surfing etiquette. Croyde Bay can get very busy with surfers in the summer (as do all the well known local breaks). The bay itself is just a mile further on from Saunton Sands and has the National Trust's Baggy Point on the other side which is a lovely place for a walk. Since 1999 Croyde has hosted the annual Goldcoast Oceanfest (surfing and music festival) on the weekend closest to the summer solstice. Here is a link for more information about Croyde Bay.