Located in an area of North Devon designated as an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ Woolacombe is situated in the mouth of a valley and nestled against the backdrop of dramatic cliffs; these low cliffs house rare maritime heathland which is looked after by the National Trust. Woolacombe forms part of the South West Coast Path and there is opportunity for some fantastic walks with one of the most popular being the walk to Morte Point. On a clear day you might even spot Lundy Island which is 12 miles off the coast.
A three mile stretch of golden sand, Woolacombe has the perfect ‘bucket and spade’ beach and has recently been voted the best beach in the UK and the fourth best in Europe. Each summer, Woolacombe Bay beach holds the UK National Sandcastle Building Competition. The beach is also popular with surfers, being less commercial than other destinations. It’s also a great place to learn to surf with several surf schools based on the beach all happy to teach beginners. Also on the beach you’ll find Longboarders Surf Club, as the area has enjoyed a resurgence of this kind of surfing in recent years.
It’s not just Woolacombe Bay beach that you’ll find near the town. Combesgate and Barricane beach are excellent spots for the kids to explore rock pools that are displayed at low tide. Rockham Beach is a small sand and pebble beach that rarely gets busy making it the perfect location for a relaxing day by the sea. Putsborough Sands is a further long stretch of golden sands with an excellent café just off the beach, a perfect spot for lunch during the summer or a warming soup during the winter months.
Woolacombe and Morthoe Golf Club has some of the most spectacular views in the region with its 18 holes overlooking the coastline. If you prefer you to play adventure golf head to Funder Island and enjoy 15 holes of pirate themed miniature golf. Also at Funder Island you’ll find bumper boats, formula racing cards, remote pirate boats, crazy quads and water walkerz making this a great day out for all of the family.
A three mile stretch of golden sand, Woolacombe has the perfect ‘bucket and spade’ beach
The town itself is lively and welcoming and with a range of bars and restaurants to while away the evening, al fresco dining is definitely recommended-weather permitting- for some spectacular views across the bay and out to sea. Food from a wide range of cuisines can be found in the town including Sri Lankan, British and Dutch, scattered around the village.