The Beaches of North Devon...

Head for the beach!...

Here at Beaconside, we are in the enviable position of being a short drive from several great beaches!

Westward Ho! A small town with huge sandy beach extending two miles from the town. To the north the beach is backed by a pebble ridge and behind this is Northam Burrows Country Park and Royal North Devon golf club.

Lifeguards are on duty during the summer.

Dogs are NOT permitted between 01 May and 30 September.

Facilities include: Car parking, toilets, shops, pubs, cafes, restaurants, surfing, horse riding, karting, 514Elemental KiteSport School, Kitemare Surf and Kite shop, the North Devon Surf School and South West coastal path.

Instow is a pretty little coastal resort favoured by locals. A walk along the sea front will bring you to several lovely restaurants and pubs serving delicious local food and drinks.

Home to the North Devon Yacht Club and nearby Tapeley Park Gardens, Instow offers a pleasant sandy beach with calm waters protected from the swell by sandbanks at the mouth of the Taw Estuary.

There is no lifeguard and due to some strong undercurrents, swimming is not advised.

The beach is dog friendly all year round!

There is a ferry service running between Instow and Appledore on the opposite side of the estuary, sailing times are roughly two hours either side of high tide. For more information visit

For a quieter beach, used by the locals, park your car at the far end of the burrows and walk approximately 300 yards away from the town. Northam Burrows charge a small fee for parking in peak season.

Crow Point, Braunton Burrows, sits in the estuary formed by the Taw and Torridge rivers. It’s a little tricky to find but well worth the effort! Note, there is a toll road (£2) but many other beaches have significantly higher parking charges! It’s pretty basic and there are NO toilets, cafes or shops so be prepared! Crow Point is a short walk from the car park, it has a sandy beach but it is estuarine hence has significant tidal flow. It’s a little effort to get to and from but if you want a beach to yourself and don’t need shops etc., it’s worth the effort!


Alternatively, you may like to visit Welcombe Mouth or Sandymouth beaches by continuing for approximately 20-25 minutes along the A39 towards Bude.

There’s also

Sandymere: 2 miles

Saunton: 4 miles (surfing / water sports)

Putsborough: 5.2 miles (surfing / water sports)

Woolacombe: 5.9 miles (surfing / water sports)

Grunta: 6.5 miles

Rockham Bay, Morthoe: 6.7 miles

Water sports

Dear Ocean, Thank you for making us feel Tiny, Humble, Inspired and Salty…All at once!

XTREME COASTEERING: Everything you weren’t supposed to do when you were a kid! With a wetsuit, buoyancy aid and helmet, you’re ready for a coasting adventure! Travel some of the most spectacular rocky coastlines and secluded beaches the area has to offer by cliff swimming, jumping and scrambling. Explore caves and coves to a soundtrack of plunging waves, screams and cheers!

North Devon Kayak Centre: 1 South Street, Woolacombe, EX34 7BB 01271 870750

North Devon Wakepark, Bideford, EX39 5KY 07956 009047, with inflatable trampolines, slides, logs, blast bags and the biggest rocker in the country! Suitable for children aged 5 years +.