lfracombe has a quiet harbour beach perfect for family fun and only minutes from Ocean Backpackers.
There is also a stunning Victorian tidal pool at Tunnels Beaches, which is also a wedding venue. A short walk from the Hostel this is a great visit for all ages it has 4 hand carved tunnels that were excavated in the 1820s and which lead you to the beach. We recommend low tide, so you see and swim in the tidal pool and are able to explore the magnificent rock pools – a truly unique experience.
The North Devon surf stretches from Saunton in the West, through the very picturesque Croyde and past Woolacombe to the shores of Lynmouth, situated between Exmoor and the sea. Saunton beach has the reputation of Britain’s premier long boarding beach and Croyde has been considered England’s best beach at low tide. Wooleacombe was voted best UK beach 2021 in the Sunday Times.
North Devon gets similar swell to Cornwall, a little less if the swell direction is from the Northwest. Winds for the main beaches are ideal from the Southeast and the surf is most consistent in winter but works well whenever there is a low swell in the swell window.
If you have never tried surfing before or want to brush up on your technique, why not take a lesson with a professional BSA qualified instructor. All schools provide board and wet suit hire as well as tuition.