Croyde is a lovely village on Devon’s north coast, 29 miles from the cottages and eco lodges. It has a sandy beach, is home to The Thatch (a big pub doing lots of food, and of course cream teas) and a couple of surf shops. There’s parking in the village, from where you can walk to the beach (if you don’t want the walk, Westward Ho/Northam Burrows is a better beach for you). If you drive through the village and out the other side you come to Baggy Point, owned by the National Trust. There’s a car park and it’s a mile walk out to the point, which is pretty dramatic. It makes a good walk even in winter.