Sun, Sea & Surf
The Tunnels Beaches are a network of hand carved tunnels leading to unique sheltered beaches and tidal Victorian bathing pool.
The Blue Flag beach is a tidal pool which is popular with children, who can enjoy inflatable’s and snorkelling in safety. There are also an abundance of rock pools teeming with sealife. Facilities include a visitors centre, cafe and lifeguards.
The beautiful sandy beach, in the heart of the stunning North Devon coast, stretches south for three miles from the rugged cliffs of Morte Point to the more sheltered sands of Putsborough. The beach has been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag award for its high quality facilities and its clean surfing and bathing waters. Woolacombe is a special place to learn to surf. The conditions are ideal for beginners with a gently sloping sandy beach, fun waves and plenty of space to safely develop your skills. At the same time, Woolacombe beach can provide waves that are sufficiently challenging for those who would like to increase their confidence and improve their surfing technique.
Croyde Bay is best known for its beach and with its wide sheltered bay ideal for bathing and excellent surfing. The beach is privately owned and has lifeguards patrols between May and September. Baggy Point and the adjoining National Trust land provides delightful walking with excellent views. Cycling, horse riding, golf and tennis are all available locally.
Saunton Sands is a three mile long expanse of sandy beach facing due west backed by impressive sand dunes and cut off to the south by the combined estuaries of the rivers Taw and Torridge. This is a popular beach with surfers and ideal for families.
A wonderfully secluded beach, Lee Bay lies hidden below the magnificent Lee Abbey, on the Exmoor coast. Historic lime kilns and the monk’s chapel give character and mystery and the beach itself is rocky, with shingle and some sand at low tide.
Lee Bay is a small, rocky and sheltered bathing beach, popular with visitors to Lynton and Lynmouth. Access is via a toll road for which there is a charge. There are toilets and a tea garden in season.
Coasteering is a mixture of scrambling and climbing around cliffs, through hidden sea caves, traversing rocky outcrops, swimming through ocean carved channels and jumping off headlands into sea pools and gullies. All the time being toyed with by the ocean swells. Coasteering is an exhilarating sport that explores the stunning North Devon coast.
If you fancy a bit of rockpooling you’re in the right place. North Devon has long been a hotspot for sea shore enthusiasts, with its beautiful coastline and abundance of marine life.
Look for beaches with a broad expanse of rocks, such as from Westward Ho! to Hartland. North of the estuary, the headlands either side of Croyde Bay are rich with marine life, as are the rocks to the north of Woolacombe, including Barricane Beach. These exposed beaches have mussel beds and less seaweed, and are home to creatures that can withstand the strong waves. Lee Bay and Combe Martin are less exposed, so more seaweed grows, providing food and habitats for different animals.
The North Devon surf stretches from Saunton in the west, through the very picturesque Croyde and past Woolacombe to the shores of Lynmouth. Saunton beach has the reputation of Britian’s premier longboarding beach and Croyde has been considered as Englands best beach at low tide. Putsborough offers shelter from south westerly winds and Woolacombe is again popular for longboarders. North Devon gets similar swells to Cornwall, a little less if the swell direction is from the North West. Winds for the main beaches are ideal from the South East and the surf is at its most consistent in winter but works whenever there is a low in the swell window.
Surfers and cyclists now have an accessible & affordable method of travel with the North Devon Surf & Cycle Bus Service. The downstairs of the double-decker bus has been converted to racking that is suitable for storing surf boards and bicycles with the upstairs providing seating. The Surf & Cycle Bus will run from June to October 2011 and April to October 2012 and operates daily from Ilfracombe to Barnstaple Bus Stations stopping at Woolacombe, Croyde, Saunton & Braunton. Timetable details are available within our Information folder within the apartment.