Head for the waves!

North Devon Beaches

Whilst Eastacott Barton is based in the glorious Devon countryside, the dramatic North Devon Coast is only a short drive away, meaning we can offer best of both worlds! With award winning beaches that are perfect for family days out, surfing, dog walks, and so much more, the stunning North Devon Coast is absolutely worth a visit, and there are so many stretches of sand to choose from! Here are some of our favourites…

Saunton Sands

In our opinion, Saunton Sands is one of the most spectacular beaches in the UK. It is blessed with long stretches of golden sand and the most stunning and dramatic dunes. Spanning  three miles, Saunton Sands is a surfer’s paradise, with consistent waves that makes the spot ideal for surfers of all experience. There is such an expanse of golden sands that even in the peak of summer it never feels over-crowded.  Dogs are also permitted all year long without restriction. The main area by car park has a café, shops and toilets. However, there are some fabulous walks through Braunton Burrows via some of the highest sand dunes in the UK which will bring you out to the more secluded spots further up the beach. Not one to be missed!

Westward Ho!

As a famous and typical English seaside resort, Westward Ho! has so much to offer all year round. With seaside shops, amusements, pubs, plenty of restaurants and a renowned surf school, there is lots to enjoy. Parts of the beach (to the left, towards Northam Burrows) are dog friendly all year round but make sure you check the tide times as the beach disappears at high tide! There is ample parking at Northam Burrows or in the town itself. Dogs are permitted on the whole of the beach from October to April.

Croyde Bay

Water sport lovers will be delighted to hear that Croyde Beach has been ranked as one of the best surfing beaches in the world… yes, the world! This award-winning stretch of golden sand is just around the corner from Saunton Sands, and again is easily accessible with its own car park. Swimmers can relax as the beach is manned with lifeguards, and there is plenty of equipment to hire from the beach shop such as surf boards, kayaks, fishing equipment and more! Dogs are allowed to roam free between the months of October and April. Parking for NT members is free at Baggy Point and the walk is pretty spectacular too!


Putsborough is a great beach for little ones, with plenty of rock pools waiting to be explored, It is on the south side of Woolacombe and further away from the hotels and shops, and doesn’t get quiet as busy as it’s famous neighbour. There is a car park right by the beach and dogs are permitted from October through to April.  The walk from Putsborough to Woolacombe and back is lovely!


Woolacombe is another award-winning beach on the North Devon Coast.  Offering three miles of clean and tidy golden sand, this is one of the finest beaches in the West Country. There is plenty of parking, wheelchair access and facilities available to visitors, so access isn’t an issue. And the beach itself is perfect for water sports; with lifeguards on the beach throughout the summer months to keep you safe. Neighbouring Barricane Bay with its famous Sri Lankan curries on the beach is not to be missed.  Dogs are permitted between October and April.