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Every UK surfer knows it. Despite the crowds the lure of good surf and a few beers in the Thatch keeps 'em coming back for more.

A long time surfing venue, recent years have seen it turn into a year-round surfing centre. Schools,
campsites, pubs, everything is influenced by surfing. Despite that, it still is a great spot, and is a beautiful bit of country as well. One of the few private beaches in the country - but free access to all. Kept scrupulously clean due to private ownership. European Blue Flag winner for water quality in 2002. Campsite accommodation two minutes' walk from the sands

Additional Info:
Probably the most popular spot in the UK outside of Newquay. The nearest good spot for the hordes
of inland surfers. Crowded. Parking at both ends and in the middle. Low tide gives the hollow rides, and mid to high tide a mellower wave. There are also several reefs which are ighly localised and fickle. Firstly theres the Point at Downend which is a dangerous rocky right point which works at low tide in swells 4ft plus, its a dangerous spot yet the most surfed of the reefs. Then theres Baggy Point reef which works only on spring high tides and medium swells making it very fickle. It is extremely shallow and doesnt take crowds due to the small take off area.


Easy. Drive round the coast road towards Croyde.
Find it on any regional map.

WalkInstant access (<5 min)
Public accessYes
4x4 requiredUnknown
Boat requiredUnknown
Wave Characteristics
TypeBeach break
DirectionRight and left
FrequencyDon't know
Normal lengthShort (<50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Ideal Conditions
Wind directionUnknown
Swell directionUnknown
Swell sizeLess than 3ft - 8ft+
TideLow and mid tide
Tide movementRising tide
WeekFew surfers
WeekendUltra crowded




Nearby spots

0.24 miles away

Direction:Right and left
Bottom:Sandy with rock
Frequency:Sometimes breaks (50 days/year)
Putsborough Beach

0.25 miles away

Direction:Right and left
Frequency:Don't know
Down End Point

1.46 miles away

Bottom:Reef (coral, sharp rocks etc.) with sand
Frequency:Sometimes breaks (50 days/year)