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Surfing and walking at Baggy Point

A surfer with a board under their arm walks away from the sea on the beach
A surfer on the beach | © National Trust Images / John Millar

From short family walks to something more challenging for the surfer in the family, there’s plenty of outdoor adventures to be found around Baggy Point in North Devon. With its rugged landscape and sandy beach, it’s got something to tempt everyone into the outdoors, no matter what the weather or season.

Surfing at Baggy Point

Sandwiched between Baggy Point and Saunton Down, Croyde Bay offers a faster wave, which makes it more popular with advanced shortboard surfers. There are also opportunities for the less-experienced surfer with a selection of surf schools to choose from in the area.

Rocks and rip tides

Beware of rocks and rip tides (especially as the waves get bigger). Croyde works best at low tide and will become gradually messier as the tide comes in.

National Trust Surf Ambassador surfing at Sandymouth, Cornwall
Croyde Bay offers a faster wave | © National Trust Images / Ben Selway

Croyde beach

Although a much smaller beach than its neighbours Woolacombe and Saunton, Croyde often has a faster, bigger and cleaner wave, but beware that the water can get crowded during the summer months.

Baggy Point car park

Parking is available close to the beach at the National Trust Baggy Point car park, which is free for members. Toilets and an outdoor shower are also provided, as well as a tea-room.

Hire a free belly board

To help combat plastic pollution, we have six wooden belly boards free to hire from the Baggy Point kiosk.

They're great fun and are available each day from March until October, and during weekends over the winter. We do ask that a deposit (such as a bank card or car key) is left at the kiosk while the board is being used.

Two people run around in the shallow water on the sandy beach at Chapel Porth, Cornwall
Paddle in the sea | © National Trust Images / John Millar

Walking at Baggy Point

Enjoy scenic walks around some of North Devon's coast and countryside this summer. Stretch your legs on a coastal, woodland or countryside walk with routes of differing lengths so there's something for everyone.

A great walk for birdwatching is the circular trail from Baggy Point to Woolacombe. With places to stop for a bite to eat along the way and the changes in landscape from cliffs to sandy dunes, together with far-reaching views make it a favourite with many visitors to the area.

An outdoor adventure

There are plenty of different ways to get involved with the outdoors at Baggy Point. If you fancy something a little different, why not join an organised group for some coasteering and see the cliffs from a different angle.

If climbing is your thing, then the cliffs have plenty to offer. There are also some great running routes for beginners and the more experienced runner.

Two adults with a baby and child walk along Baggy Point, Devon

Discover more at Baggy Point

Find out how to get to Baggy Point, where to park, the things to see and do and more.

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