The 5 mile walk between Woolacombe and Croyde passes two stunning Blue Flag beaches and takes in two of north Devon’s finest resorts. If you start in Woolacombe you can choose whether to make your way along the sands or walk the dunes and cliffs for two miles to Putsborough Sands. As you leave Putsborough Sands you’ll approach Baggy Point, one of the most popular climbing spots in the region. This is a great place to rest and admire the coastal views, and you’ll come to Croyde Bay not long after.
You’ll find a large car park close to Woolacombe Beach where this walk starts, and although modest the town is mostly known for its huge, clean sandy beach. The strong surf means it isn’t the safest beach for swimmers, but you can walk along the whole beach to Putsborough Sands. From here the walk to Baggy Point is quite gentle and the rock formation is striking.
Croyde Bay beach also has a Blue Flag to its name, so expect clean sands and safe waters. The surf here is even bigger than back in Woolacombe, and as the beach isn’t quite so big it can feel busier here during the summer. If you fancy stopping here and enjoying the atmosphere you can pick from the many dunes that back the sands and find your own quiet spot. This walk is easier out of season when the beaches are free from crowds, and it’s perfect for blowing the cobwebs out.