North Devon - Most Beautiful Beaches

North Devon

North Devon has long been a popular destination in the Southwest. With its rugged coastline punctuated by long sandy beaches, hidden coves and dramatic cliffs, it's the perfect place for explorers and families.

In terms of family beaches it is hard to beat North Devon. Woolacombe Bay is one of the most popular beaches, with its long stretch of sand and clear blue waters. Saunton Sands is another great option, with its vast expanse of sand dunes. For the adventurous the coast around Hartland is old wrecking country and the jagged rocks and sheer cliffs hide some wonderfully unspoilt little coves.

One of the most popular things to do in North Devon is to go surfing. The region is home to some of the best surfing spots in the UK, including Woolacombe, Croyde Bay, and Saunton Sands. There are also plenty of opportunities for other watersports, such as swimming, sailing, and windsurfing.

In addition to its beaches, North Devon is also home to a number of other attractions. The Tarka Trail is a long-distance footpath that follows the River Taw and the North Devon coast. The trail is a great way to explore the region's beautiful scenery and wildlife. The region is also home to some picture postcard villages, such as Clovelly, and bustling marketing towns like Barnstaple.

  • Woolacombe © Ian Woolcock | BY-SA

    1. Woolacombe Beach

    Award-winning Woolacombe Beach is widely recognised as one of the best beaches in the UK. Located on the North Devon coast, between Croyde and Ilfracombe, the 3-mile sandy beach is…

  • Saunton Sands © Judy Dean | BY-SA

    2. Saunton Sands Beach

    Three and a half miles of golden sand backed by one of the most unique and impressive dune systems in the country. Saunton Sands is bounded to the south by the combined estuaries of the rivers Taw and Torridge. Popular with families and…

  • Sandy Cove © Richard Croft | BY-SA

    3. Sandy Cove

    This pretty and secluded little cove near the north-western tip of Devon, Sandy Bay lies on the western side of Lee Bay. The name "sandy" is somewhat relative as it is in fact quite shingly - but compared to Lee…

  • Westward Ho! © Travels With A Dog And A Camera :) | BY-SA

    4. Westward Ho! Beach

    Facing westwards into Bideford Bay, Surfers and swimmers, kayakers, and paddle boarders will love this long sandy stretch of sand. The main beach is backed by the grassland of Northam Burrows Country Park and the imaginatively named…

  • Glenthorne Beach © Roger Cornfoot | BY-SA

    5. Glenthorne Beach

    Situated on the Devon / Somerset border on the Exmoor Coast is the oft deserted beach of Glenthorne. In fact it is more common for the beach to be empty than not.

    Set at the bottom of high wooded cliffs Glenthorne Beach was once…

  • Lee Bay Beach © Richard Croft | BY-SA

    6. Lee Bay Beach

    Something of a hidden gem on the secluded coast between Ilfracombe and Woolacombe.

    Any time except low tide you won't find much in the way of sand at Lee Bay. You will…

  • Blegberry Beach © Reading Tom | BY-SA

    7. Blegberry Beach

    The Hartland coast is one of the remotest stretches in Devon, but also the most dramatic. To describe this coastline as rugged would be something of an understatement with its towering cliffs and jagged rocks that rise up like teeth.…

  • Bucks Mills © Steve Daniels | BY-SA

    8. Bucks Mills Beach

    Set at the foot of a remote wooded valley the beach at Buck's Mill is surprisingly wide. Joining up with Peppercombe beach to the east this stretch of grey pebble beach is virtually…

  • Blackpool Mill © Derek Harper | BY-SA

    9. Blackpool Mill Beach

    This secluded little cove lies between Hartland Quay and Blegberry beach on a rugged and dramatic section of the

  • Croyde Bay © Surfing Croyde Bay | BY-SA

    10. Croyde Bay

    Croyde beach is set in a wide sandy bay between Woolacombe and Saunton Sands beaches. Despite being a little tricky to find and in a rural setting Croyde is one of North Devon's most popular…

  • Newberry Beach © Nigel Mykura | BY-SA

    11. Newberry Beach (Combe Martin)

    Pebble beach dog friendly beach all year

  • Hele Bay © Pauline Eccles | BY-SA

    12. Hele Bay

    Hele Bay is a sand and shingle cove situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, adjacent to the Hillsborough Nature Reserve. There are rock pools on both sides of the beach at low tide. Parking and all facilities are within easy…