As we are now officially into Spring, I think it is time to start thinking about spending some time on the coast. This year we have a late Easter, feeling midway through April, and this could give us a chance to experience some good levels of sunshine and slightly longer days – more reasons, if you indeed needed any, to get away for a break.
North Devon is a great place to enjoy a seaside break. The North Devon Coast is designated an area of outstanding beauty, and you are guaranteed a lovely mix of quaint market towns, beautiful sandy beaches beloved of those who love to surf, and areas of historical importance. There are campsites and caravan parks aplenty, but I prefer the range of holiday cottages and lets that are perfect for those who prefer their home comforts and a touch of luxury when they holiday.
Croyde and Putsborough are two places that you should have on your North Devon hitlist of places worth visiting.
I visited Croyde a few years ago when I was staying in Woolacombe, and the pretty village is one that I have never forgotten. To put it quite simply, it is stunning, with the sorts of beaches that would make Australia proud.
Croyde is the sort of place that is perfect for those who love the great outdoors, with cycle paths and river trails that are just made for those who want to take leisurely walks and enjoy the beautiful sea air.
Croyde is known as a surfers paradise and there are plenty of surf centres and watersports specialists in the area if you want a few lessons or are feeling a little rusty. But if surfing is not your idea of fun, maybe you could try some horse riding instead – there are lots of stables to choose from.
Near to Croyde you have Putsborough, which has been acclaimed many times by Trip Advisor reviewers as one of the best beaches in the UK. Putsborough is a place to get away from it all, much quieter than its near neighbours Woolacombe and Croyde, but with the same wonderful clear waters, soft white sands and beautiful views.
Putsborough is a perfect place to enjoy a day at the beach without having to share it with hundreds of people, a real break from the norm.
Have you visited North Devon? Do you have a favourite destination in the area?