Sandy Beaches, Rugged Cliffs, Gentle Moorland
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Woolacombe's largest beach is Woolacombe Sands. Easily accessible from the centre of town, it makes for an obvious focal point for your stay in Woolacombe. Moreover, it has won the prestigious Blue Flag Award for superb water quality for many years running. Its width and partition into three parts (no dogs, dogs allowed if taken on leads, dogs...more
Woolacombe Sands is regarded as one of the UK's best beaches - it regularly features in various beach awards and has held the prestigous Blue Flag for many years. The sand is gloriously goldenly fine, the summer water is aquamarine clear and the beach slopes gently into the Atlantic.The beach is split into two halves, separated and surrounded by...more
With its blue and white frontage and the way the front wall was used as a display space I thought for a moment I'd been displaced back to Santorini - the unseasonably gloriously sunny afternoon adding to my confusion!Yep this is definitely an eye-catcher and well worth a perusal. The New Gallery is a little commercial gallery displaying works by...more
We stay one night only on a trip around Devon and Somerset. Placed over a small bay with a...more
Woolacombe, EX34 7BN, United Kingdom
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Beech Road, Woolacombe, EX34 7AB, United Kingdom
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Sophia's is THE place to eat in Woolacombe. Elsewhere you get the usual pub grub, here you get the best tapas north of Spain. We have been here twice and both times the food was amazing, the servings generous, the staff friendly and attentive and the service fast. Because the place is so popular, you may have to wait a bit to get a table, but...more
Devon certainly has some great pubs and Captain Jack's here in Woolacombe has just joined my personal top 20!This is a really characterful pub, both externally and internally, built on the site of a 12th century farmhouse, remains of which can be seen (if you know they are there) in the courtyard . The modern incarnation as a "Smugglers Retreat"...more
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Following an initiative by various North Devon local government bodies and other interested parties the Stagecoach bus company trialled a "Surf and Cycle" bus service during the summer of 2011. Two normal double decker buses were specially refitted with the lower decks adapted for carrying surf boards and bicycles whilst their upper decks remained...more
This isn't one of Devon's more scenic bus routes but the spectacular view of Woolacombe Bay from the bus as it crests the hill coming out of Mortehoe more than makes up for the otherwise blandness of the journey. The 303 runs between Barnstaple and Woolacombe at roughly 2-hourly intervals on weekdays and Saturdays (a little less frequently on...more
The dunes and moors around Woolacombe host an immensely varied selection of Britain's flora and fauna. Wildflowers abound and attract their butterfly suitors. Rabbits do what rabbits do and if you're lucky you might see a fox trying to keep their population down. One thing to be aware of though is that another predator in the area is the adder. These are Britain's only poisonous snake. But the good news is that they only prey on smaller animals than themselves.
Generally adders will avoid areas where people are around and will be more scared of you than you should be of them. An adder will never attack you unless it feels threatened and so if you do see one basking in the midday sun just circuitously walk past, or if unavoidable stamp on the ground and it'll soon scarper!
If you do get bitten the bite is rarely lethal but will be painful and medical attention is advised.
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...more
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...more
...then Woolacombe looks like one of the (many) places around North Devon to indulge.
Personally I'm not a surfer and so I don't know very much about it (except that you have to have shaggy blond hair, a sun tan and a board). However Woolacaombe seems to be one of the most popular surf locations here in North Devon judging by the number of places where you can buy or rent the relevant gear.
One reason why Woolacombe is so popular is that there are big tides (often over 10 metres), the beaches are gently sloping and, I assume, given the right winds, this makes for surfing paradise.
Anyway there's plenty of surf shops and the website below has up-to-date surf info, an active forum and webcams for most of the main N Devon beaches.
Whatever your query and whatever your requirements the Tourist Information Centre will be more than willing to assist. This is situated in a very visible location on the Esplanade and so is easy to find. The knowledgeable and helpful local staff can assist with finding accommodation, transport queries and advice on things to do. There are plenty of...more
...expect to pay! Woolacombe unfortunately does attract a lot of day visitors during the summer who want to drive there. OK, I understand that for the whole family day-out at the beach you do need to haul all the beach paraphernalia: tents, wind breaks, towels, swimwear, picnic baskets & etc. etc.The resort is well provided with car parks but these...more
AONB is the acronynm of the non-governmental National Association for Areas of Outstanding National Beauty. As the name suggests this a group formed specifically for the protection and promotion of some of the most spectacular landscapes of England and Wales. The members are mostly representatives from local authorities working together with the...more