The glorious Woolacombe Beach is often winning awards for its clean water, clean beach, beauty and facilities.
Woolacombe beach stretches from the tranquil Putsborough beach for 3 miles until it reaches Woolacombe. Here, there are two further beaches – Barricane and Combesgate beach. Marine Drive runs parallel to the Beach and offers parking and access to the most beautiful and tranquil parts.
On any given sunny day, winter, or summer, Woolacombe Beach will be abuzz with activity, walkers, surfers, runners, horse riders and lots more. You will often also see para-gliders hovering above, launching off of the Down.
Woolacombe Beach offers a range of surf conditions along its stretch, all easily accessible. Putsborough and middle beach provide more sheltered, easy rolling waves. Moving closer to Woolacombe the waves increase in size and power. At the Northern end of the bay is Combesgate beach, where there are waves on offer for the more experienced.
There are many surf hire outlets with competitive prices. Make sure you hire a wetsuit that will keep you warm. It is always better to be too warm than too cold. There is also a good selection surf schools.
Compared to other North Devon beaches, Woolacombe Beach can have clearer and greener water, much like the beaches in Cornwall. A refreshing change from the murky water of other beaches, and much more inviting. Woolacombe Beach has been awarded The Blue Flag on numerous occasions – The Blue Flag beach award is widely considered the gold standard for beaches.
Walking the length of Woolacombe Beach is always rewarding, giving you time to think, relax, unwind, refresh and focus. Ideal for those living and working in more hectic towns and cities, looking for a break. End your walk with a hearty plate of food and a refreshing post walk drink.
There are many establishments serving food and drinks in and around Woolacombe, shops, take-aways, restaurants and pubs. One of the most popular being The Red Barn, where you can take in the view of the entire beach, Woolacombe Bay, including Lundy Island.
Woolacombe Beach and Woolacombe are central to other great areas in North Devon. Take some time to explore Morte Point, Rockham Bay and Lee Bay, where there are also great places to eat, drink and stay.
Take a walk and see where you end up!