Discover Broadsands in North Devon

If you’re looking for a slice of the Mediterranean while visiting North Devon then Broadsands is your answer! This beautiful secluded cove is a truly idyllic spot nestled between Watermouth Cove and Combe Martin.

However… you’ll want to be fit to experience it! There are approximately 220 steps down to the beach and boy are they steep. You’ll certainly reap the rewards of your efforts when you reach the bottom though, so make sure you persevere.

If you’re looking to visit, then I recommend parking in the Watermouth Harbour car park, which will also perfectly place you to explore a couple of other beauty spots too! It’ll cost you a couple of pounds but you’ll get ample time for exploring the surrounding area in return.

If you arrive around lunchtime, then check out the boat cafe, Storm in a Teacup. Whether you fancy a Devonshire cream tea or a toasted sandwich, there will be something that takes your fancy. Perch on one of the rainbow coloured benches and watch as the boats leave and enter the harbour while you enjoy a local delicacy.

Once you’re refuelled and ready to go, you’ll want to find the coast path, which is out towards the main road. It’ll take you through the Watermouth Cove Holiday Park and honestly, if you’re into camping, you won’t get much better views for a pitch than right here!

You’ll start to head up quite a steep hill, before quickly reaching the breathtaking vantage point, which overlooks Broadsands beach. When the tide is in, it’s hard to believe you’re actually still in England, as it literally looks like a scene from an exotic holiday brochure. This spot makes the perfect photo opportunity making your friends at home very jealous!

Now, you’ll probably be wondering how to actually get down to the beach, as you will seem extremely high up! However, if you continue to follow the path down the country lane, you will eventually pass the sign-post for Broadsands. This is where you’ll want to brace yourself for the descent (although it’s certainly harder on the way up)!

Varying stone and wooden steps will lead you down to the grey sands, with glimpses of glistening blue sea enticing you through the tree tops. As you’ll most likely have worked up a sweat, this will be the moment when you won’t want to have forgotten your swimming gear! The clear water lapping the shores will be so inviting that you’ll want to jump straight in.

If the tide isn’t fully in then you will be able to walk around the corner to find breathtaking views of Combe Martin and Little Hangman. A number of local outdoor adventure companies do offer kayaking and paddle board activities if you wish to experience this area from the ocean.

I won’t tell you too much more, as it’s best seen with your own eyes, but hopefully this gives you a small insight into this wonderful hidden treasure!

If you’re not one to sit and relax, then you can continue to follow the coast path into Combe Martin, where you’ll find another beach, in the village which claims to have the longest high street in the country. I did this walk earlier in the summer and made sure to reward myself with a peanut butter ice cream on arrival!

I also can’t write this blog post without mentioning the lookout tower at Watermouth. This is another gorgeous landmark that I only discovered myself during lockdown this summer. Isn’t it amazing how many places have been right under our noses this whole time? When you return to the car park, you simply follow the coast path up towards the right hand side of the harbour, to get a birds eye view of the surrounding coastline.

This area is one of my absolute favourites and I can’t wait to tell you more about a nearby walk I discovered a few months ago – so keep yours eyes peeled as I’ll be posting about this on the blog very soon!

Have you ever visited any of these beauty spots in Devon? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments if you’ve been or are planning a trip here! Make sure to follow me on Instagram for more regular updates on my exploring around this beautiful county.

Baggy Point – Walking in Croyde

Croyde has so much to offer. The beautiful yet small village has a charming laid-back vibe, which isn’t surprising, due to the golden bay and spectacular surf that draws in both locals and crowds from further afield.

However, those looking to head off the beaten path will certainly want to explore the coastline of Baggy Point. There is a relatively easy circular route which takes you along both sides of the point and then back across the headland, taking in both the nearby farmland and far-reaching views of the Atlantic (keep an eye out for Lundy Island on the horizon!).

Whether you tend to reach for hiking boots or a beaten up pair of trainers, this section of the South West Coast Path, which belongs to the National Trust, is well looked after and caters for most levels of walkers. (Members of the NT will be pleased to hear that you can park here for free!) For more hardened hikers, there is a route which takes you to Woolacombe, but this takes about four hours.

Baggy Point in Croyde

The path out to Baggy Point is quite narrow in places, and may not be for the faint-hearted, but personally I love to look at the depth below, watching as the swirling sea laps around the rock form. I recently watched a video that showed a secret cut through to a tidal pool that looked heavenly for a summer dip. It’s definitely on my list of places to find next summer, so I will keep you updated!

As you head out onto the trail, you may spot the remaining bones of a large whale, which washed up onto the beach in 1915. There is also a pond on the route, which provides a natural habitat for a variety of creatures. I remember finding frogspawn here as a child with my family. Fascinating if you’re a fan of nature!

In spring and summer, wild flowers will be aplenty, the vibrant colours complementing the whites and blues of the surrounding water. While those visiting towards the end of the year may instead see interesting fungi and bright yellow gorse spread across the wild cliffs. Not forgetting the black Hebridean sheep who sometimes make an appearance on the green grass clinging to the hillside.

When reaching the point, you can choose to sit right at the very edge, or admire from further back. During lockdown, we were fortunate enough to experience a sunset from the very tip, and had the whole place to ourselves. It was the most magical experience and one I certainly won’t forget. The position of the headline is just perfect to watch the sun as it sets behind the sea. Once the sun disappears, the panoramic views of the ocean are simply stunning (and you’ll be able to see nearby Morte Point), as the sky begins to change through a variety or pink and orange hues.

It’s just as dramatic in the winter, watching as the waves crash against the sea cliffs, but you’ll want to make sure you wrap up warm! (I can’t write this post without mentioning that I actually got engaged here on 1st November 2020 on a wet and windy day, so as you can imagine, Baggy Point really does have a special place in my heart!)

So, if you’re looking for a gentle walk, then I must say that this beautiful section of coastal path is well worth the effort of leaving the main village. I recently wrote some tips about how to live like a local in Croyde if you’d like to check them out here. Let me know if you’ve been before in the comments below, or ask a question and I’ll do my best to share my local knowledge with you!