Golden sand stretching for miles, secret coves with tidal rockpools for crabbing, great surfing beaches – they’re all within easy reach when you stay at Little Comfort Farm
Here’s just a small selection of them………….
A three and a half mile stretch of golden sand backed by the dunes of Braunton Burrows which has recently been named as a world heritage site. As well as being a world class family beach, Saunton is also renowned for some of the best surf in the country. Backing on to the Atlantic, when there is a good swell it can produce line after line of beautiful long slow rollers that prove to be an irresistible draw for longboarders from all over the country. In addition to surfing there are many other sporting activities that take place on Saunton beach, kite surfing, kayaking and paddle boarding to name a few.
Surfboard hire, beach shop, a range of food outlets, toilets, shops, a slipway, and beach car park with disabled parking. Dogs are allowed on certain areas of the beach all year round.
The crescent shaped sandy beach of Croyde is backed by sand dunes and situated in a small bay. It’s rated as one of the best surfing beaches in the world, very popular with swimmers, more experienced surfers and sunbathers. There is an RNLI Lifeguard service available from May to September, throughout Easter weekend, all October weekends and October Half Term.
There are good rock pools at either end of the beach, several public footpaths around the village leading to it, and, in particular, walks to Baggy point which offer spectacular views.
There’s a range of food outlets, toilets, shops, a slipway, and beach car park with disabled parking.
Dogs allowed October to April.
Three miles of golden sands stretching north towards Woolacombe and Morte Point and south towards Baggy Point make up Putsborough. It is our favourite beach, the sea is inviting, the surf is good and the surroundings are simply stunning. It is perfect for walkers and children due to the plentiful supply of rock pools to discover. Putsborough is on the south side of Woolacombe and farther away from the hotels, shops and cafes meaning that the beach is usually quieter than neighbouring beaches. The golden long sweeping sands are renowned for their cleanliness and beauty.
It also provides superb bathing and is popular with swimmers, surfers, windsurfers and sea canoeists. There is a great beach shop, toilets, shower facilities, and cafe selling locally sourced freshly prepared food.
Whilst the beach car park has disabled spaces, direct beach access involves some steps. Dogs are allowed on certain areas of the beach all year round.
Another massive sandy beach, this is actually the other end of Putsborough, but there are three miles of sand in between! This beach has two main access points; either from the village itself or you can drive through Woolacombe and head along the coast back towards Putsborough and park above the beach in the middle (Marine Drive). Woolacombe beach has everything you could ask for – sand, rock pools and surf – again there is a good range of shops and restaurants close by in the village. If you opt to park on Marine Drive then there is a delightful walk across the grassy sand dunes to the beach.
Lee is a small, secluded rocky cove and as the tide falls it exposes some wonderful rock pools, a small sandy beach and a pirates’ path to a second cove. It’s a great destination for rock-poolers, kayakers, walkers and those looking for a bit of peace and tranquillity. There is a really good village pub, The Grampus, which is well worth a visit too!
A very pleasant walk down from Mortehoe brings you to Rockham bay, an attractive secluded beach of rocks and sand.
The longest high street in Britain (or so the locals say) ends literally on the beach. This is another beach which is not very exciting at high tide, but as the tide falls it exposes a lot of sand and some of the best rock pools in the area.
Ilfracombe Tunnels Beaches
This is well worth a visit on any day and at any time of the year! Step back in time as you walk through the tunnels hewn through the Ilfracombe cliff face in the 1820s by the Victorians to the beach and tidal bathing pools. Sit and admire the lovely rugged scenery while the children play in the tidal pool or explore the fantastic rock pools – rated the 3rd best beach for rock pooling in the UK by BBC Wildlife Magazine. There’s an award winning café here too.
This is only a selection of our favourites – there are many more to choose from.
- Golden sandy beaches
- World class surfing
- Dog friendly beaches
- Rock pools full of sea-life
- Kayaking, windsurfing, paddle boarding, coasteering…..so much to do!
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