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Croyde
Croyde
is a village on the west-facing coastline of North Devon, England. The village lies on the South West Coast Path
South West Coast Path
near to Baggy Point, which is owned by the National Trust. It lies within the North Devon
Devon
Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Croyde
Croyde
village and its beach faces the Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic Ocean
near the western limit of the Bristol Channel. Croyde
Croyde
Stream runs through the village, eventually leading to the beach. The centre of the village is roughly at the intersection of Hobbes' Hill, Jones' Hill and St. Mary's Road. At this spot, Croyde Bridge carries the road over the stream. Public services are provided by the North Devon
Devon
District Council (NDDC) based in Barnstaple. The village is in the civil parish of Georgeham, and for ecclesiastical purposes within the Diocese of Exeter.

Contents

1 Today 2 Transport 3 Education 4 Beach 5 External links

Today[edit] The village has several small campsites, a small retail area and two large holiday parks; Croyde
Croyde
Bay Holiday Resort (operated by UNISON) and Ruda Holiday Park, operated by Parkdean Resorts. The past 30 years has seen large increases in younger-age visitors develop around surfing. The impact of tourism on the village has been varied. Some local landowners have benefited from the increased property prices. Tourism
Tourism
has helped to create jobs that were lost in agriculture. Local farming has declined, with former farmland converted into caravan sites and fields for seasonal camping. Like many seaside villages, the phenomenon of second homes has pushed house prices beyond the reach of most local people. There is little year-round employment, because tourism is seasonal, and most businesses are closed out of season. Since 1999, Croyde
Croyde
has hosted an annual surfing and music festival (GoldCoast Oceanfest) on the weekend closest to the summer solstice. Croyde
Croyde
has also benefitted from the 'street food revolution,' being the hometown of Lola's Wings who have a pitch there, and other visiting street food trucks and trailers. During the summer season, there is an outdoor market each Tuesday which is held in a field off Moor Lane past Ruda Holiday Park heading towards Baggy Point. Transport[edit] The nearest railway station is Barnstaple, 10 miles (16 km) away. From Monday to Saturday, there is an hourly bus service to Croyde
Croyde
from Barnstaple, with a two-hour frequency on Sundays. Road transport from the M5 motorway
M5 motorway
is 47 miles (76 km) via the A361 trunk road. Ferry services operate between Ilfracombe, roughly around 10–20 miles away, and Lundy Island. The nearest airport to the village is Exeter International Airport, the second-closest being Bristol International. Education[edit] Croyde
Croyde
has no education resources in the village. Children have access to Georgeham
Georgeham
Primary School; secondary education is provided by Braunton
Braunton
School and Community College. Beach[edit]

Panorama of Croyde
Croyde
Beach

The sandy 875-yard (800 m) beach, which lost its Blue Flag status in 2012 due to water quality issues, lies at the back of the sheltered Croyde
Croyde
Bay. A large dune system has formed past the high-tide mark. Sand underlies the land surface between the beach and the centre of Croyde
Croyde
village, 600 yards (550 m) to the east. The beach forms the middle section of a trio of sandy beaches north of the Taw Estuary. Three-and-three-quarter-mile-long (6.0 km) Saunton Sands
Saunton Sands
is 2⁄3 mile (1.1 km) to the south, and 1.8-mile-long (2.9 km) Woolacombe
Woolacombe
Sands, divided into Putsborough
Putsborough
and Woolacombe
Woolacombe
beaches, is 0.93 miles (1.50 km) to the north. Barbecues and contained fires are not permitted on Croyde
Croyde
beach. Croyde
Croyde
is used for surfing; the rides are generally short as the waves tend to pitch up and break quickly. There is a point break off Down End. There is a reef break at the northern (Baggy Point) end of the beach that works for about 60 minutes during some high tides. The shape of the bay funnels waves towards the beach. The beach is also steeper than either Woolacombe, Putsborough
Putsborough
or Saunton
Saunton
Sands. Due to this, rip currents are extremely strong especially near the rocks at either end of the beach and at low tide, even when there is only a small swell. These currents present danger to the strongest of swimmers. Any bathing should be done within the lifeguard-patrolled area. The break is very compact at low tide, resulting in many injuries. External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Croyde.

http://www.blueflag.org/Menu/Awarded+sites/2011/Northern+Hemisphere/England/SouthWest/CroydeBay Georgeham
Georgeham
Parish Council Old map Croyde
Croyde
at Curlie (based on DMOZ)

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Towns, villages (and most populous hamlets) in North Devon

Major Civil Parishes

Barnstaple Braunton
Braunton
( Saunton
Saunton
· Knowle) Fremington (Bickleton · High Bickington
High Bickington
· Yelland) Ilfracombe
Ilfracombe
(Chambercombe · Hele/ Hele Bay
Hele Bay
· Lee/Lee Bay · Higher and Lower Slade · Lincombe)

Mid-population Civil Parishes

Atherington Berrynarbor Bishop's Nympton Bishop's Tawton Bratton Fleming Brayford
Brayford
(Charles) Burrington Chittlehampton
Chittlehampton
(most of Umberleigh) Chulmleigh
Chulmleigh
(Cheldon · Colleton · Colleton Mills · Elstone · Cadbury Barton · Week) Combe Martin East and West Buckland Georgeham
Georgeham
( Croyde
Croyde
· North Buckland · Putsborough
Putsborough
· Pickwell) Goodleigh Heanton Punchardon
Heanton Punchardon
(Chivenor · Wrafton) Horwood, Lovacott and Newton Tracey Instow King's Nympton Landkey Lynton
Lynton
and Lynmouth
Lynmouth
( Barbrook
Barbrook
· Cherrybridge · Dean · East Ilkerton · West Lyn · Furzehill) Marwood Mortehoe
Mortehoe
(Woolacombe) North Molton Shirwell South Molton Swimbridge Tawstock
Tawstock
(Chapelton · Harracott · Hiscott) West Down Witheridge

Lowest population

Arlington Ashford Bittadon Brendon and Countisbury
Brendon and Countisbury
( Brendon
Brendon
· Countisbury
Countisbury
· Leeford · Malmsmead) Challacombe Chittlehamholt East Anstey
East Anstey
(Yeo Mill · Oldways End) East Down (Churchill East Worlington Filleigh
Filleigh
(Shallowford) George Nympton Kentisbury Knowstone
Knowstone
(Roachill) Loxhore Mariansleigh
Mariansleigh
(Alswear) Martinhoe Meshaw Molland Parracombe
Parracombe
(Bodley · East Middleton · Heale · Prisonford · Church Town · Blackmoor Gate) Pilton (West) Queen's Nympton Rackenford
Rackenford
(Creacombe) Romansleigh Rose Ash Satterleigh and Warkleigh Stoke Rivers Trentishoe Trimstone Twitchen Wes

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