The beaches of Woolacombe, Saunton, Croyde, Braunton and Putsborough are the best beaches that Devon has to offer, all within 20 minutes of Smythen Farm Holiday Cottages.
Bideford is home to The Big Sheep park and Milky Way Adventure Park. Dartington Crystal factory can be found near Great Torrington, and the famous fishing village of Clovelly can easily be visited on a day trip from here.
The closest beach (and our favourite here at Smythen Farm) is Sandy Bay, only 2.5 miles away from our cottages. It is such a picturesque beach that it's hard to believe it's in the United Kingdom rather than somewhere far more exotic.
The sand is slate-coloured and perfect for making making sand castles; there are also rock pools ideal for children to spend hours with a net. The view is beautiful and best of all the beach is not used by many people. The only down-side is the 244 steps leading down to the beach, which means a decent workout on the return journey...but it is well worth it!
Notes: Toilets are not available. There is ample parking at the top of the path down to the beach.
Woolacombe Sands is an award winning beach 7 miles from Smythen Farm Holiday Cottages, which boasts 3 miles of beautiful golden sand bordered by sand dunes.
The water is famous for surfing and windsurfing, but it is also great for children, with lifeguards ensuring safe family swimming during the peak season. At one end of the beach lies the resort of Woolacombe with beach hire, stores, fish and chip shops, restaurants, hotels and toilets, and at the other end is the village of Putsborough.
Notes: Woolacombe has plenty of car parking and is wheelchair friendly.
Putsborough is at the south end of Woolacombe Sands beach and is 9 miles away from Smythen Farm Holiday Cottages.
Putsborough beach is perfect for families and young children, with popular activities in summer including sand castle building, bathing, surfing and windsurfing.
Notes: A car park and café is situated at the beach, but it is not as busy and commercial as Woolacombe.
Croyde is situated 10 miles from Smythen Farm Holiday Cottages and is another beautiful sandy beach, not as large as Woolacombe but well catered for by the village of Croyde, which has three pubs, shops and cafes.
Like most North Devon beaches, Croyde is ideal for families with youngsters and in summertime has lifeguards manning the beach which is famous for its surf.
Notes: Croyde beach is wheelchair friendly and offers decent car parking.
With three miles of golden sands backed with huge sand dunes, Saunton Sands can be found 12 miles south of Smythen Farm Holiday Cottages.
Manned by life guards in the summer, the water is perfect for children to paddle in, as well as for surfing, windsurfing and general family beach life.
Notes: This beach is also wheel chair friendly and features shops and toilets.
Westward Ho! borders the town of Bideford and is about 20 miles from Smythen Farm.
Approximately two miles of sandy beach, Westward Ho! is famous for its pebble ridge, which is sandwiched between the beach and the Northam Burrows Country Park. Holidaymakers and locals all enjoy the beach which is ideal for surfing, canoeing and kite-flying. This area is home to a variety of birds, insects and wildflowers. The Royal North Devon Golf Course borders Westward Ho! beach.