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Woolacombe - Village Beach

Woolacombe, Devon

Woolacombe Village Beach is a two and a quarter mile stretch of golden sand backed by sandy hills and the Woolacombe Downs. The village of Woolacombe lies at the northern end of the beach, and is full of seaside shops, cafes, restaurants and B&B's. The Woolacombe Bay Hotel and Watersmeet Hotel probably offer the best accomodation in town, and the Red Barn pubs has the liveliest night life.

Beach Type



Toilets (incl disabled & baby changing facilities)
Surf hire


Sea canoeing
Train ride
Bouncy castle
Speed boats and jet skis prohibited
Zoning for water sports activities
Surfboards and canoes can be hired
There are regular surfing competitions

Nature and Wildlife

Woolacombe Sand is within the Heritage Coastline and is backed by National Trust land and Morte Point to the north. which is also owned by the National Trust.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

Cleaned daily from May to October and large bins provided.


Dogs banned from a zoned area of the beach May - October. Dogs allowed in adjacent areas if kept on a lead.

Awards and Recommendations

Blue Flag Beach

Tourist Information

Woolacombe Tourist Information Centre Beach Road Woolacombe North Devon Tel/Fax: 01271 870553 Email: [email protected]


Nearest town: Woolacombe
County: Devon
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1712, -4.20856
Postcode: EX34 7DN
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around Mortehoe, Devon at Explore Britain.


From Barnstaple take the A361 Ilfracombe road and turn left at Mullacott Cross roundabout on to the B3343 for Woolacombe. Various paths. steps and slipways from the road and car park lead to the beach. Easy acces to the beach for disabled visitors.

Public Transport

Train station at Barnstaple and national coach services to Barnstaple and Ilfracombe. Regular bus services from Barnstaple and Ilfracombe.

Nearest Railway Stations

Barnstaple (Approx. 10 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


Three large car parks with space for 3000 cars including disabled parking.

Nearby Car Parks

Woolacombe Bay, Woolacombe (Unknown stay).
About 0 miles away
Barton Road, Woolacombe (Unknown stay).
About 0.1 miles away
Sandy Burrows, Woolacombe (Unknown stay).
About 0.1 miles away
Marine Drive, Woolacombe (Unknown stay).
About 0.3 miles away
Mortehoe, Mortehoe (Long stay).
About 1 miles away
Putsborough Sands, Croyde (Unknown stay).
About 1.9 miles away
Wrinkle Wood, Lee (Unknown stay).
About 2.2 miles away
Croyde, Croyde (Long stay).
About 2.9 miles away
Baggy Point, Croyde (Unknown stay).
About 2.9 miles away
Slade Reservoir, Slade (Unknown stay).
About 3.2 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Woolacombe