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Surfing Holiday in North Devon

The other thing this part of the world is famous for, apart from the afternoon teas, is surfing. Which is why so many people book surfing holidays in North Devon. In fact, it’s home to some of the best surf in the country. So whether you’re a ‘hang ten’ kind of dude or you’ve never been near a boogie board in your life, there’s a beach and a surf school just for you. 

The best beaches for your surfing holiday

Croyde, is just six miles down the road from Ash Barton and is known for being something of a surfing mecca. Pros will enjoy the crashing barrels the low tide creates. And beginners can catch their first wave as the tide gets higher. There are plenty of surf schools here and lifeguards are available throughout the summer months.    

The wide open space of nearby Saunton Sands is a good bet for newbies as the gentle slope of the sand creates a much slower break of the waves. Great news for the beginner who wants to stand on their board for the first time. Start off in the shallow waters where you can enjoy the ride while learning the basics. This is also a good spot for longboard surfing too, thanks to the long and slow walls. 

Further along the coast is Woolacombe beach: three miles of sandy beach stretching from Morte Point cliffs to Putsborough. It’s been a popular surf spot since the 1960s and there are surfing competitions held throughout the year. There are also plenty of surf schools and a lifeguard service during the summer. The reef break produces excellent waves whether it’s high or low tide.

Putsborough offers a decent surf that’s good for all-rounders. Sheltered by Baggy Point at one end of Woolacombe beach, it’s known for its ‘clean’ waves, especially when the weather is fine. Which is why it’s a good spot for surfers of all abilities. 

Whether you’re an old pro or an absolute beginner, surfing in North Devon is one experience not to be missed.

Staying at Ash Barton 

Croyde, is just six miles down the road from Ash Barton and is known for being something of a surfing mecca. Pros will enjoy the crashing barrels the low tide creates. And beginners can catch their first wave as the tide gets higher. There are plenty of surf schools here and lifeguards are available throughout the summer months.    

The wide open space of nearby Saunton Sands is a good bet for newbies as the gentle slope of the sand creates a much slower break of the waves. Great news for the beginner who wants to stand on their board for the first time. Start off in the shallow waters where you can enjoy the ride while learning the basics. This is also a good spot for longboard surfing too, thanks to the long and slow walls. 

Further along the coast is Woolacombe beach: three miles of sandy beach stretching from Morte Point cliffs to Putsborough. It’s been a popular surf spot since the 1960s and there are surfing competitions held throughout the year. There are also plenty of surf schools and a lifeguard service during the summer. The reef break produces excellent waves whether it’s high or low tide.

Putsborough offers a decent surf that’s good for all-rounders. Sheltered by Baggy Point at one end of Woolacombe beach, it’s known for its ‘clean’ waves, especially when the weather is fine. Which is why it’s a good spot for surfers of all abilities. 

Whether you’re an old pro or an absolute beginner, surfing in North Devon is one experience not to be missed.

Our favourite beaches for surfing holidays, North Devon

  • Saunton Sands 4 miles
  • Putsborough 5 miles
  • Croyde 6 miles
  • Woolacombe 8 miles
  • Instow 12 miles
  • Westward Ho! 17 miles

Mike's 21st and Simon's 30th.... what scenery? We were so smashed we saw nothing! Shouting 'AGA AGA AGA!'. Mum said it's just magical - great house and good times.

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