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North Devon Beaches

During your stay at Hele Valley you could visit a beach every day of your holiday and still not experience them all. The Beaches in North Devon are host to some of the best waves and surfers in the UK, making this one of the best spots in Devon to surf! The most popular place to surf is Croyde Bay, a short drive away from Hele Valley, or if that doesn't "work" you can visit Saunton or Putsborough, not to far away. We have put together a selection of the finest beaches that are within a short drive from Hele Valley Holiday Park.

Hele Bay Beach - 7 minute walk from Hele Valley

Set in a small sheltered cove in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Hele Bay Beach is part sand, part shingle beach and has been awarded the Blue Flag for recognition for its safe clean waters. The Beach is popular with canoeists and perfect for families that don’t want an overcrowded beach. There are numerous rock pools to explore with your fishing nets and secret smugglers caves to discover. Dogs are allowed in restricted areas. At very low tide it is possible to clamber around to ‘Fishing Rock’ and ‘Blythes Cove’.

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Tunnel Beaches - Ilfracombe - 1 Mile

Ilfracombe’s award winning beach and must see tourist attraction. A network of hand carved tunnels leading to unique sheltered beaches and a safe tidal Victorian bathing pool. Dogs are allowed and there is a café and children’s play area available. Fun and fascinating for all ages. Small charge payable.                           

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Combe Martin Beach - 4 Miles

At high tide the beach looks uninteresting but as the tide goes out there are large rock pools to explore and stretch of level sand appears outside a ridge of stones known as the breakwater. The sea is free of currents and therefore popular for bathing. Just a little to the west is Sandy Bay which is reached by Sandy Bay Lane. Steps lead down to the beach, but unfortunately there is no sand, however it is a great spot for picnic. In Combe Martin there is a large beach car park which provides easy parking and easy access to the village.

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Lee Bay - 5 Miles

A very narrow scenic road brings you from Woody Bay to Lee Bay. Another very attractive bay with rocks to climb and a sandy/shingle beach to play on. However bathers should beware of strong currents. Car parking is in a field near the bay.

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Woolacombe Beach - 7 Miles

This spectacular Blue flag beach boasts three miles of beautiful golden sand and is voted as one of the world’s top ten beaches. It’s brilliant for surf, for learning or for the more experienced surfers, with daily lifeguard patrol. Excellent as well for body boarding or just bathing. Surf lessons and equipment hire available by the beach. Dogs are allowed in restricted areas. A small village offers visitors a small range of gift shops, a few bars and restaurants or sit with a cool drink and watch the sunset at The Red Barn Inn, popular with surfers.

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Saunton Beach - 10 Miles

Three miles of golden sands stretch as far as the eye can see backed by the largest sand dune system in the UK from which many film crews and rock videos have been shot. Surf hire shop, surf lessons, beach shop, restaurant with outside balcony overlooking the stunning beach. Dogs are allowed in restricted areas.

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Croyde Bay Beach - 10 Miles

This beach is the number one for surfing. Waves can get quite big so it’s usually the more experienced surfers that ride the waves here. Beach lifeguards patrol the beach all day. The pretty thatched village of Croyde sits behind the beach and offers visitors an insight into the charms of a traditional Devon village.

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Putsborough Beach - 12 Miles

Putsborough is situated at the western end of Woolacombe beach. It boasts safe sheltered swimming with water sports available. There are lifeguards, and a beach shop, cafe and large car park. Ideal for access to walk around the coast to Croyde. Dogs are allowed.

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