North Devon – A Surfer’s Paradise

North Devon – A Surfer’s Paradise

If one of your favourite past times is to surf and you are looking for somewhere to holiday in the UK you should head to North Devon. North Devon is home to some of the country’s best beaches and is a surfer’s paradise. If you are planning a holiday in the UK where you can enjoy a huge choice of beaches and great surfing North Devon is a surfer’s paradise.

Here are just 6 of the many beaches in the area that are ideal for surfing and family days out, you could visit a different one every single day of your holiday!

Six of North Devon’s Best Beaches for Surfers

Here are 6 of North Devon’s finest beaches that are fantastic for surfing.


Croyde is a prime location for surfers for good reason. The surf there is amazing! Croyde beach is in a west facing beach in a huge bay. It is great for surfing at most times with generally good conditions and fast waves. In the peak of summer, it can get busy which could be intimidating for newer surfers. The water is clean, and dogs are not allowed on the beach during the summer months. Croyde even hosts some high-profile surfing competitions.


Woolacombe is a seaside resort that has an amazing award-winning sandy beach that is a couple of miles in length. The beach is popular with families but there is plenty of room to surf due to its size. The beach is also west facing and gets great surfing conditions and can be surfed at all tides. The surf is great for surfers of all skill levels. If you want to learn to surf, Woolacombe is home to several surf schools. There are lifeguards on the beach in the summer and access to dogs is restricted to certain zones with leads compulsory.

Saunton Sands

Saunton Sands is a huge west facing beach not far from Croyde. The sheer size of it (over 3 miles) means that there is always plenty of space for surfers without needing to get even close to the families that also visit there. There is no lifeguard service here so it might not be as wise a choice for newer surfers. The beach is surrounded by impressive sand dunes that join on to the Braunton Burrows nature reserve.

Putsborough Sands

Putsborough Sands is another large sandy beach. This one is sheltered of some winds by the coastline which can make it more manageable for new surfers. The beach is a popular choice for surfing because of this however there are no lifeguards on duty there.

Westward Ho!

Westward Ho! is another expansive sandy beach in a huge bay on the other side of the Taw and Torridge estuary. This beach is lined by a huge sea defence of large pebbles that the high tide reaches and is a popular choice for surfers and families. This beach has lifeguards on duty which is great. It is west facing and gets good waves rolling in from the Atlantic Ocean.

Welcombe Mouth

Welcombe Mouth beach is further south along the coastline of North Devon and more secluded. To get to a beach there is a long single lane track that leads down to a small car park. The beach is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its geological features. The high end of the beach close to the cliffs is a pebble beach but once the tide drops it exposes a stunning sandy beach that is expansive. The beach is good for surfing but is much quieter compared to many of the other beaches in the area, which can be great for a more relaxed vibe. There are no dog restrictions at Welcombe Mouth or lifeguards.

This is just a small sample of some of the amazing beaches in the area. It is clear to see why North Devon is a surfer’s paradise. the only question is when are you visiting? If you would like to see what you are missing, have a look at the Magic Seaweed website that has webcams for many of the beaches.