North Devon's Best Beaches

Highcliffe House | A short drive from Woolacombe BeachThe 3 best beaches: Woolacombe (inc. Putsborough), Croyde and Saunton. They each have miles of flat sand - you could walk a long way out to sea if it wasn’t for the crashing waves.

The narrower funnel of Croyde Bay is the most hardcore; beginners find the waves at the other two less demanding. Saunton has the best beach café and hotel, Woolacombe the best pubs and restaurants.  There's a great cafe on Putsborough Sands, the other end of Woolacombe beach. Croyde beach sports the most dreadlocks and campervans.

If you're looking for a more dramatic beach then check out 'Rockham Beach' at Mortehoe (as pictured at the top of this page).  This is an incredible National Trust beach, a beautiful mix of sand, stones and rugged rocks.

Near Minehead / Porlock you will find the beautifully pebbled Bossington Beach, a real National Trust treasure.

Closer to home

The beaches above are located just 30-40 minutes drive from Highcliffe House. If you're looking for a beach a little closer to home, there are a few but not as sandy as Woolacombe, Croyde or Saunton.

Check out these beaches, all within walking distance of Highcliffe House and great for paddling, swimming or just gazing out and listening to the crashing waves.

  • Lynmouth Beach
  • Wringcliffe Beach (near the Valley of Rocks)
  • Lee Bay (near the Lee Abbey Estate)
  • Woody Bay

For more information on attractions and accommodation in Devon you can get in touch with us here at Highcliffe House.  Want to know more about Devon's beaches? Check out this guide.

Choose a gorgeous bedroom ...

Each bedroom offers a high level of comfort seldom seen in a North Devon B&B. Romantic yet modern we've stayed true to the charm of this beautiful Victorian house. All rooms are ensuite, some have 6ft beds and baths with showers. It's the perfect place for your coastal escape.

Enjoy a delicious breakfast ...

Our extensive menu offers a delicious range of dishes from a traditional full english breakfast, eggs royale or benedict, to smoked haddock. There really is something for everyone, and we have many options for those with specific requirements.

Plan your day in Exmoor ...

There's more to do in Exmoor than you may think. Check out the Discover section for Things to Do, Places to Walk and Places to Eat.