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Beautiful Little Croyde
Croyde in General
Member Name: Waikie
Croyde in General
Date: 17/04/01, updated on 17/04/01 (178 review reads)
Advantages: Great surf and beach
Disadvantages: Can get busy on warm days
Croyde is a small village on the north-west coast of Devon about 9 miles north-west of Barnstaple and 7 miles south-west of Ilfracombe.
It has it's own little bay on the edge of Barnstaple or Bideford Bay and the road from Barnstaple curves right round the coast of one end of the bay, giving the most spectacular views.
Very popular with surfers and families, Croyde is full of life in the summer months, even on days with miserable weather. The village has plenty of Bed and Breakfast establishments, the Billy Budd pub being of special note.
Everything in Croyde is geared towards families and surfers. Overlooking Croyde Bay is the RUDA holiday park, with its apartments, lodges and caravans aimed at all price ranges. The beach in Croyde Bay is maintained by the RUDA holiday park and was a Blue flag winner in 1998 and in 2000 won a Tidy Britain Group Seaside Award.
As with other popular Devon towns and villages, tea shops are abundant and to keep the surfers happy, there are multiple surfwear shops and hire centres in Croyde and nearby Braunton.
Croyde is not a place to go without a car however. There is a bi-hourly bus service into the larger towns, but as the nearest cash machine is 3 - 4 miles away in Braunton you would definately need the use of a car for the trip out of bus-service hours.
I'd definately recommend a visit to Croyde for anyone who wanted to get away from a hectic job, but at the same time, don't go if you want peace and quiet as there are surfers and children everywhere and the beach on warm days can get very busy.
Croyde - a beautiful little touristy village with some gorgeous views and scenery.