5 fantastic walks in Croyde allowing to see the scenic views of Croyde Bay from both headlands and well as views of new beaches hiding around the corner. Walk up hills, across farming fields and along footpaths as your explore the best walks in Croyde.
Croyde beach is accessible from multiple directions depending on where you are based in Croyde village. As you approach Croyde from Saunton, Down End car park is the closest parking to the beach you’ll find. Just across the road the coastal steps carved into the rock wined their way down to Croyde Bay. The beach can also be accessed via the footpath from the centre of the village which can be found in the gap between Billy Buds and The Old Cream Shop, this footpath intersects fields and sand dunes as you approach the beach. The final route is via the Northern end of the beach which has a cafe, toilets and surf hire as you approach the beach. Croyde beach is dog friendly in the Winter and out of peak season weeks and is a great beach walk for four legged friends.
Baggie Points follows the South West Coastal Path around the headland revealing views of Croyde, Saunton, Harland and Woolacombe. The national trust car park is a great place to start and finish with a cafe/ bar on the edge of Croyde to recharge your batteries just up the hill. There are benches periodically for you to take in the scenic views whilst looking back at Croyde bay from the headland. The circular walk can be completed via either the top and bottom path or by walking around Baggie Point to Putsborough and finding your way back to your Croyde holiday home via the road or farm tracks.
Combers Lane is a farm track that starts in Croyde by The Manor and finishes at the top of the hill around the corner from Putsborough Beach. Whilst it can be muddy after heavy rainfall the walk is quiet and peaceful as you walk between farming fields and a road that rarely sees cars. Whilst not a circular walk itself, there are many walks you can pick up to increase the distance or if you’d prefer you can take the same path back down finishing at the pub you started at.
The Down End walk is a short coastal walk that guides you along the coastal path running along the ocean. If you can park at Down End car park and rather than walk across the beach take a left at the top of the steps walking around the headland towards Saunton. As you near the headland, views of Saunton Beach and paddle boards exploring the coves can be seen from the bench, perfectly placed to watch the sun set in the evening. The Grand Design house is also partially visible from this spot if you’re feeling nosy…
The Saunton Down walk climbs the hillside in Croyde showcasing views of Croyde Bay and Saunton Beach from the hill tops. The coastal path walk is signposted as you move through farming fields and dirt tracks. The start point can be found by following the road opposite The Thatch (Clouthman’s Lane) which will move from a cul de sac into a hill climb before you access the footpath. Once you’re up and over the hill you will have arrived at Saunton, at which point you can either enjoy half time refreshments at Saunton Cafe or take a right and find the footpath that will return you to Croyde.