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 Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Croyde village and its
beach faces the
Atlantic Ocean near the western limit of the Bristol
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 District Council
(NDDC) based in Barnstaple. The village is in the civil parish of
Georgeham, and for ecclesiastical purposes within the Diocese of
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The village has several small campsites, a small retail area and two
large holiday parks;
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
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.
Croyde has hosted an annual surfing and music festival
(GoldCoast Oceanfest) on the weekend closest to the summer solstice.
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.
The nearest railway station is Barnstaple, 10 miles (16 km) away.
From Monday to Saturday, there is an hourly bus service to
Barnstaple, with a two-hour frequency on Sundays.
Road transport from the
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.
Croyde has no education resources in the village. Children have access
Georgeham Primary School; secondary education is provided by
Braunton School and Community College.
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 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 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 is
2⁄3 mile (1.1 km) to the south, and 1.8-mile-long (2.9 km)
Woolacombe Sands, divided into
Woolacombe beaches, is
0.93 miles (1.50 km) to the north. Barbecues and contained fires
are not permitted on
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,
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
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Towns, villages (and most populous hamlets) in North Devon
Major Civil Parishes
Saunton · Knowle)
Fremington (Bickleton ·
High Bickington · Yelland)
Ilfracombe (Chambercombe · Hele/
Hele Bay · Lee/Lee Bay · Higher and
Lower Slade · Lincombe)
Mid-population Civil Parishes
Chittlehampton (most of Umberleigh)
Chulmleigh (Cheldon · Colleton · Colleton Mills · Elstone ·
Cadbury Barton · Week)
East and West Buckland
Croyde · North Buckland ·
Putsborough · Pickwell)
Heanton Punchardon (Chivenor · Wrafton)
Horwood, Lovacott and Newton Tracey
Barbrook · Cherrybridge · Dean · East Ilkerton
· West Lyn · Furzehill)
Tawstock (Chapelton · Harracott · Hiscott)
Brendon and Countisbury
Brendon and Countisbury (
Countisbury · Leeford ·
East Anstey (Yeo Mill · Oldways End)
East Down (Churchill
Parracombe (Bodley · East Middleton · Heale · Prisonford · Church
Town · Blackmoor Gate)
Satterleigh and Warkleigh