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Because Woolacombe is primarily a beach resort you don't have to go far to get off the beaten path. A short walk southwards from the town, parallel too and behind the beaches, leads to the National Trust conservation area of Woolacombe Warren.
The sand dunes here were a golf course before the Second World War and the area was used during the war by Allied forces to practise for the D-Day landings. Post-war the National Trust has systematically replanted the Warren with marram grass to counter erosion and to provide the footholds for the ecosystem to develop naturally.
The Trust's ethos is not just to conserve but also to make its properties accessible to the public. The Warren is criss-crossed with sandy footpaths and is a delight to just randomly wander and enjoy - and use both the "landscape" and the "macro" settings on your camera!
Updated Jun 25, 2009
Woolocombe has some fantastic views.
After dinner take a walk over the cliff tops, see the white frothy waves crash against the rocks. Breath in the fresh air and let the salty spray sting your skin. Hear the clifftop sheep 'baaing' and nearly falling off the edge.
Watch the sun setting over the Atlantic ocean and the faint ouline of Lundy Island.
Finish the day with a pint of real cider at the village pub in Morthoe.
Written Feb 28, 2004
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