It’s time to head to the beach!
Devon and Cornwall are famed for their coastline, with dozens of breathtakingly beautiful beaches just waiting to be explored.
Whether you love nothing more than a day of family fun on the sand or just want somewhere where you can sit back, relax and soak up the summer sun, there’s a beach nearby that’s perfect for you!
Hedley Wood Holiday Park is just a few short miles from the coast, so you’re close by should you and your family fancy a day at the beach!
To help you decide where you should spend your time, we’ve put together a handy guide to some of the best North Cornwall and North Devon beaches…
North Devon beaches
This long sandy beach is backed by a pebble ridge with Northam Burrows Country Park accessible at one end. The wonderful surf that runs onto this beach draws surfers from miles around, with designated areas for surfing off the beach. The beach is also popular with windsurfers surfers and swimmers and dogs are permitted from October to April on the whole beach and all year round at the Northam Burrows end. There is ample car parking and disabled parking close to the beach.
If you don’t mind jumping in your car and driving a little while to find the perfect beach then Putsborough Sands should be on your list. Here you will find three miles of golden sands stretching north towards Woolacombe and Morte Point and south towards Baggy Point. It is one of the finest beaches in the South west and the sea is inviting for surfers too. It is perfect for walkers and children due to the plentiful supply of rock pools to discover.
Perhaps the pick of the many North Devon beaches, Saunton Sands is a key part of the region’s golden coast, Saunton Sands is a long, straight sandy beach backed by the impressive Braunton Burrows, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This is a popular beach with surfers and families due to the long stretch of water perfect for swimmers and surfers and it is much more suited to beginners and intermediate surfers than the northern Croyde Bay. There are a range of food outlets toilets and beach shops easy disabled access.
North Cornwall beaches
Our nearest beach, just over 4 miles and 10 minutes away, Widemouth Bay is a long open bay that is popular with surfers and families. Situated 3 miles south of Bude and accessible along the South West coast path, Widemouth Bay offers fantastic conditions to learn surfing or body-boarding, which is why many of the local surf schools are based there. At low tide there’s also hundreds of rock pools to explore.
Take the short trip to Bude’s Summerleaze beach and you won’t be disappointed. Recently the recipient of the coveted Seaside Award, for its first class facilities and water quality, Summerleaze is only 5 minutes’ walk from the town centre. There’s level access with a flat viewing area, toilets, RNLI shop, sandy play area and beach café all. It also home to the popular Bude Sea Pool, which has been lovingly preserved. This man-made pool, carved into the rocks, is a great place for a quick dip or to put in a few lengths!
Another popular beach close to Bude, Northcott Mouth is the main stretch of sand that at low tide joins up with Crooklets beach in the south and almost as far as Duckpool in the north. The beach is a mixture of of pebbles at high tide and expanses of sand.
Head a little further south along the coast and you’ll come to Crackington Haven. This lovely shingle cove is dominated by majestic cliffs and boasts a stretch of golden sandy beach. This is a lovely beach that, like Widemouth, is popular with surfers and families.
With its turquoise blue waters and golden sandy beach you’d be forgiven for thinking you were on a tropical island somewhere.. and not Cornwall! Trebarwith Strand is a real jewel in the crown of Cornwall’s north coast beach collection. The sandy beach is completely covered at high tide and is accessed over rocks when approached from the pretty village of Treknow. The Strand Cafe provides drinks and snacks throughout the main holiday seasons.
Sandy Mouth Beach, Bude
This is a 2km long beach reveals a large stretch of sand at low tide when it connect with the other Bude-area beaches. It’s a great family beach and, if you plan to bring your pet then it’s ideal for them too, as dogs are allowed on here all year round.
Arguably one of the most popular beaches along the north coast of Cornwalll, Polzeath attracts families and surfers in great numbers! A favourite of former Prime Minister David Cameron (don’t let that put you off…), Polzeath is an ideal place to come if you’d like to learn to surf. At low tide the soft sand extends for a quarter of a mile in either direction but when the tide comes in the beach is almost covered, so a browse in the shops that line the village street or a drink in one of the cafes and pubs might be a relaxed option.