Croyde - picture perfect
12:56 20 April 2010
With a beach that is one of the best around for swimming, surfing, fishing or simply lying in the sun, Croyde is a very popular holiday area.
In the village itself there is much to see and do. The oldest building in Croyde is St Helens Chapel in Cott Lane. It was built in the 12th century and is dedicated to the Celtic Saint Endelentia who brought Christianity to the village. Opposite the chapel, in a tiny lane behind St Helens Priory, is the Holy Well, or Lady Well, which was blessed by Saint Endelentia and was popular with pilgrims for centuries.
Also in Cott Lane is Chapel Farm Gallery, where local pottery, paintings and crafts can be found. From here, you can walk through to St Helens Priory gardens, where you can enjoy a cream tea in a lovely, peaceful setting.
If you are looking for that special souvenir to remind you of your stay in North Devon, every Tuesday Town and Country Markets hold their well established open air market.
Croyde also has an extensive selection of accommodation and amenities holiday parks, cottages, guest houses and hotels to cater for all tastes and all pockets. And dont forget a visit to one of the ice cream shops, where your cornet is topped with a great blob of clotted cream!
To reach Croyde, turn off the main road at Braunton and head for the village along a coast road with vistas of beaches and surf which dazzle the senses. En route is Saunton Sands with nearly three miles of flat, golden beach stretching away into the distance. It is used all-year-round for watersports.
Saunton beach is backed by 1,000 acres of Europes highest dunes in the nature reserve of Braunton Burrows a wild and natural landscape designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
A little way inland, along the winding B3231, is Georgeham, famous for its association with Henry Williamson, author of Tarka the Otter and Salar the Salmon. The hut in which he wrote is still there at Oxford Cross and is visited each year by the Henry Williamson Society.
If you fancy getting on the water, SailCats offer North Devons very own catamaran sailing experience where youre assured of an exhilarating day. Fly a hull, trapeze from the wire and surf the swell in a powerful, performance catamaran with plenty of time to take in the view!
The largest single event in the month-long North Devon Festival, the GoldCoast Oceanfest is a freesports and music festival, historically held on the summer solstice weekend, a week before the world renowned Glastonbury music festival.
The event showcases surfing, beach football and beach volleyball, paddle racing, surf boats, surf skis, aquathon, kite surfing, MTB trials, mountain boarding, skateboarding and BMX jumping.
The Croyde arena has a live music stage and big screen alongside a trade village, incorporating licensed bars and restaurants, adrenalin zones, demos, exhibitions, sampling, simulators and corporate hospitality.
The GoldCoast Oceanfest enjoys the support of international brands through sponsorship, while the local government, development and tourism agencies all actively market and promote the event.
One of the major aims of the GoldCoast Oceanfest is to grow the ocean sports industry, create awareness for ocean-related causes and encourage corporate participation in these endeavours.
As part of a community initiative it has a bigger role to play in the social lifestyles of the keen kids who are stimulated and inspired to get involved in sport by the professional athletes who participate.
The GoldCoast Oceanfest was started in 1998 as a vehicle for the global and influential lifestyle and freesports industry and to influence the direction of freesports events taking place on the shores of the UK, while showing the way in event-led tourism, in the South West of England.
Since its inception, the breathtaking venues in North Devon have provided a wonderful backdrop for spectators and competitors to enjoy this unique format of lifestyle events. The evolving design, production and marketing of the GoldCoast Oceanfest has led to the event becoming one of the best loved oceansports weekends in Europe.
The GoldCoast Oceanfest, now in its tenth year, is testimony to the vision, hard work and dedication that goes on behind the scenes by a small and vastly talented team. The vision from the outset was to challenge the stereotypical surfing competition scenario where, if there were no waves then nothing else happened, except perhaps over-zealous youthful exuberance that may have been interpreted negatively by sponsors and spectators. The objective was thus, to host a weekend of activities that embraced the lifestyle sports concept. Hence, many of the initial aims are still relevant eight years on.
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