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Woolacombe Sands

Woolacombe Sands beach, Devon

The large northwest facing crescent of golden sand at Woolacombe, is probably the best beach on the North Devon coast.

Sheltered by the twin headlands of Baggy Point to the southwest and Morte Point to the northeast, the beach is popular with surfers and families alike.

The beach is divided into three zones to accommodate the different types of beach users. The beach is carefully managed and patrolled by lifeguards.

Full of facilities with all types of amenities nearby there's truly something for everyone at Woolacombe. The sand here has excellent castle building qualities and frequent sand castle competitions are held with the proceeds going to local charities.

Rivalling the best beaches in Cornwall, you really should make Woolacombe a 'must see' destination if staying in the area.




 Sandy beach

 Good Surfing


 Lifeguard in summer

 Dogs on some parts of beach

 Seasonal dog ban

 Cafe, shop or pub


 Family friendly

OS Explorer Map 139: Bideford, Ilfracombe and Barnstaple

OS Explorer Map 139: Bideford, Ilfracombe and Barnstaple

This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.

Local area

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Woolacombe, Braunton, Ilfracombe and Northam.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:







Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:



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Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Mortehoe, Ilfracombe, Braunton and Combe Martin.

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