Voted number one on Tripadvisor, Woolacombe beach has it all – miles of wonderful golden sand, great for surfing, swimming and stunning views. There are areas where dogs are allowed and for those who love a good stroll you can walk the 2 miles plus from Woolacombe to Putsbrough along the beach, then return inland along the dunes and Marine Drive.
There are 3 car parks in the village – one close to the beach or drive a little way to the south and park along Marine Drive, then enjoy a tramp across the sand dunes to the beach. There are usually fewer people that way so you can often choose a secluded spot all to yourself.
Woolacombe village has a laid back surfing vibe. You can chill out in the Red Barn, Bar Electric or Boardwalk Restaurants, with great views across the Atlantic and where you can watch the sun set over the sea or grab fish and chips from the Woolacombe fryer to enjoy on the beach. There are plenty of surf shops, gift shops, a post office and grocery stores too. Visit Woolacombe TIC for lots of local information and to hire the all-terrain Tramper for those with mobility difficulties.
If you’ve always fancied horse riding along a sandy beach with the sun on your face and the wind in your hair then Woolacombe Riding Stables will be pleased to help you fulfil that dream – although sunshine is not guaranteed!!
The worst kept secret in North Devon is tiny Barricane Beach and its delightful café which opens in the spring and summer months, serving delicious curries in the evening. A perfect setting, you must bring your own wine and beer but be sure to arrive early as it is very popular with holiday makers and locals alike.