Saunton Sands, Saunton, North Devon

An idyllic three mile long stretch of gorgeous golden sand on the North Devon Coast, backed by one of the most impressive dune systems in the country; no wonder it’s a firm favourite with families, surfers and dog walkers alike. Go and buy a bucket and spade from the shop and make sandcastles on the beach, or take your bucket out to the rock pools and see what you can find. Take a picnic or have something to eat at the licensed restaurant where you can sit indoors or outdoors (T: 01271 891288 to book).
If you want to ride the waves you can hire all the gear and if it’s all new to you, you can book surf lessons from Walking on Waves (07786 034403) or Surf South West (01271 890400). For something more leisurely, you can hire a beach hut and deckchairs in the summer months (07813 506899).

All information correct at the time of writing