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
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.
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:
There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby: