Searching for the perfect beach holiday destination this summer? Look no further than Devon! The county is jam-packed full of natural, unspoilt beaches and dramatic, jagged coastlines. There is a plethora of beautiful beaches dotted across both North Devon and East Devon; whether you wish to sunbathe and chill out or try your hand at some water sports, we guarantee you will be spoilt for choice on your family holiday this summer.
Notorious North Devon Beaches
The North Devon Coast is home to some of the county’s most glorious natural beaches. Slather on the sun cream and pack your beach towels – after just an hour in the car, you will discover some of Devon’s most popular tourist attractions, as well as some fascinating hidden gems…
Saunton Sands & Braunton Burrows
Saunton Sands is one of the UK’s most spectacular natural beaches. This 3 ½ mile stretch of sandy shoreline is perfect for sunbathing, playing and exploring. Popular with surfers, walkers and nature enthusiasts, this dog-friendly beach is backed by an impressive network of grass dunes: Braunton Burrows. This UNESCO biosphere reserve is the largest sand dune system in the whole of England, boasting a fascinating variety of rare flora and fauna for all to enjoy.
This award-winning beach is a firm favourite amongst families, sunbathers and adventurers. Situated between Croyde and Ilfracombe and offering awe-inspiring views to Lundy Island, Woolacombe’s 3 miles of golden sand provides plenty of space for fun family activities and water sports such as kayaking, kitesurfing and surfing. The village of Woolacombe sits at the north end of the beach, with seaside shops, cafes and restaurants – providing the perfect traditional seaside experience.
Sitting between Saunton Sands and Woolacombe, this hidden bay can be a little tricky to find – but it is certainly worth the effort! There is a reason why Croyde is one of North Devon’s most popular beaches; nestled between two headlands and well-protected from the wind, the waters produce strong, powerful waves which entice surfers from near and afar. The fine, golden sand and rugged sand dunes to the rear make Croyde one of the prettiest spots along the North Devon coast.
Exceptional East Devon Beaches
The East coast contains some of Devon’s most idyllic, picturesque beaches, with the East Devon coastline making up part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Located at just 45 minutes away from our glamping site, you can enjoy a full day at the beach for a fraction of the cost.
This lovely seaside town marks the western end of Devon’s Jurassic Coast. This 2-mile stretch of pebbled beach and connected estuary is great for young children, allowing them to ride the tides on inflatables and boogie boards safely. Budleigh Salterton is characterised by its brightly coloured beach huts, charming fishing cove and backdrop of high limestone cliffs – dating back to the Triassic period. To the east of the beach, you will find the fantastic Otter Estuary and nature reserve; with an accompanying visitor’s centre and two viewing platforms to watch the fascinating wildlife.
If you’re looking for somewhere more secluded and private, Sidmouth Beach could be the ideal option for you and your family. This beautiful expanse of sand and shingle is framed by jagged limestone cliffs and is well-known as the gateway to the Jurassic Coast. This is a safe spot for swimming and bathing, as well as paddle boarding and kayaking. Climb up the wooden steps leading from the beach to Connaught Gardens (AKA Jacob’s Ladder) and look out at the beautiful views of the coastline below.
This beautiful beach sits below the picturesque village of Beer – named after the Old English translation of “grove”. The shingle beach lies in a cove surrounded by white chalky cliffs, providing excellent protection from the strong winds and waves. This family-friendly beach is a natural suntrap, welcoming sunbathers from all over the world to bask in the sun’s rays. Beer Beach is a historic fishing beach, with its attractive coloured fishing boat adding to its unique charm. Watch fishermen bring in their catches of fresh fish, crab and lobsters during your day out at the beach.
Stunning Summer Holidays at Exe Valley Glamping
Exe Valley Glamping is perfectly situated to explore both the North and East Devon coasts. We currently only have the following dates available for this summer – book now to avoid disappointment!
Monday 7th – Friday 10th June = £600
Friday 11th – Monday 14th June = £600
Monday 14th – Friday 18th June = £600
Friday 18th June – Monday 21st June = £600
Monday 21st – Friday 25th June = £600
Friday 25th – Monday 28th June = £600
Monday 28th June – Friday 2nd July = £600
Friday 2nd – Monday 5th July = £600
Monday 5th – Friday 9th July = £600
Friday 23rd – Monday 26th July = £775
Friday 27th – Monday 30th August = £700
Monday 30th August – Friday 3rd September = £550