Croyde is a sandy 875 yards (800 m) of beach, which stands in a sheltered bay. A large dune system has formed past the high-tide mark. Sand underlies the land surface between the beach and the centre of Croyde village, 600 yards to the east. The beach forms the middle section of a trio of sandy beaches north of the Taw Estuary. Saunton Sands is to the south, Putsborough and Woolacombe beaches, are to the north.
Croyde in North Devon is an exposed beach break that has very consistent surf and works all around the year. Ideal winds are from the east. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the west southwest. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Surfable at all stages of the tide. It’s often crowded here. Overcrowding can even make surfing hazardous.
The shape of the bay funnels waves towards the beach. The beach is also steeper than either Woolacombe, Putsborough or Saunton Sands. Due to this, rip currents are extremely strong especially near the rocks at either end of the beach and at low tide, even when there is only a small swell. These currents present danger to the strongest of swimmers. Any bathing should be done within the lifeguard-patrolled area.
Surf Forecast for Croyde, North Devon
How to read this surf forecast
Wave height refers to the size of the swell measured in open water close to the coastline. This means the actual size of the wave when it hits the beach may vary due to many factors including beach shape and orientation.
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|Last updated: 22-Feb-2018|