Phew – last week the sun came out and temperatures rose sending our happy cottage guests off to explore the wonderful beaches of North Devon. (We don’t like to brag but we had nearly 3 weeks of wall to wall sunshine in early June which was perfect for May half term holidays too!).
The place to cool down in Tuesday’s heatwave was in the sea. We headed out to Westward Ho! for a late afternoon Hockings ice cream and stroll in the still sweltering heat..what an amazing day! The sky was blue, sea turquoise green and the beach full of happy people. Plenty of swimmers were taking a dip in the newly refurbished salt water pool…to be found on the west side of town below the colourful row of beach huts.
There are so many beach options being visited by our guests. Westward Ho! beach has miles of sand, is really clean (with the Blue Flag for cleanliness to prove it), and is safely guarded (two sets of life guards watching over swimmers and surfers). When the tide is in, Hartland Quay beach fills with water to make a lovely swimming pool surrounded by majestic cliffs and folded rocks as our friends discovered at May half term. Duckpool beach is well worth the intrepid trip down country lanes and through a ford ….it is a small but perfect combination of rock pools and sand just over the Cornish border (it also has the essential loo AND ice cream van). Always popular, Woolacombe beach is a North Devon family favourite although we prefer to head for Putsborough beach just short of Woolacombe, sheltered by Baggy Point, this is a locals’ top tip (with large carpark, cafe and loos). You don’t need a heatwave, it’s always beach time in North Devon!