Driving from Saunton Sands on the North Devon coast there is a great panoramic view of Croyde Bay as one drops down to the sea. The village of Croyde is a magical place steeped in old world charm and boasting several thatched cottages. There is a superb beach close to the village with a paying car park. This is a very popular beach for surfers but also a family resort. In addition, there are many places in which to stay and to eat in the area.
There are three fantastic sandy beaches to choose from and some pleasant walks along the cliff top footpaths. Walking maps are available at the National Trust Car Park. These are produced locally and cover a wide variety of rambles and walks, taking in both the nature and the geology of the area.
The Fruit and Nut Trail is a nature trail with the best views over Croyde. It can be accessed from several points directly - from the village at the end of Cott lane, from Cloutmans Lane, from Mill Lane opposite the Manor, and from the cross opposite the Baptist Church. A map and a leaflet are available in Croyde. Baggy Point is also a good viewpoint and it is possible to go rock climbing on some of the cliffs locally.
Nearby Morte Bay has one of the best sandy beaches in Devon and Putsborough Sands is a fantastic three miles of sand stretching to the busier resort of Woolacombe.