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Wonderous Woolacombe beach

Woolacombe Beach in North Devon is a must-visit spot, known as one of the top beaches in the UK! This stunning 3-mile long stretch of golden sand is paired with soft dunes and the captivating sight of rolling surf.

The beach is loved by many, but it's so spacious that it never feels crowded. There's always something exciting to do, so you can spend the whole day here and still have plenty left to see the next day too. The beauty of Woolacombe Beach is that there's a perfect sandy spot for everyone. Between Baggy Point and Morte Point, you can discover tranquil hideaways in addition to the popular beach areas.

Where is Woolacombe Beach?

Woolacome beach is a wide stretch of sand on the North Coast of Devon between the surf destination of Croyde Bay and the thriving harbour town of Ilfracombe.  Situated just a 20 minute drive from Manleigh Park, it is an easy day trip. 

Woolacombe Beach is a beautiful sandy expanse on the North Devon coast.  Situated between the surfing haven of Croyde Bay and the bustling harbour town of Ilfracombe and just a short, 20-minute drive from Manleigh Park, it's perfectly suited for a day trip whilst on holiday in North Devon.

Getting to Woolacombe Beach

Stunning Woolacombe Beach, Devon is just a short, 20 minute drive from your base at Manleigh park, via the A3123.  If you prefer public transport, there’s a convenient bus service from Combe Martin that can whisk you off to Woolacombe beach in a breezy 20 minutes. The 301 or 31 bus services operate hourly from the village.

Parking at Woolacombe Beach

Looking for a parking space? We've got you covered! With thousands of spaces available, you're sure to find the perfect spot. For a quick visit, why not park along the Esplanade, in one of the council owned spots? If you're planning to spend a whole day at the beach, have the family in tow, plus a boot full of beach paraphernalia, make a beeline for the car parks at The Esplanade or Sandy Burrows. They give direct access to the beach, offer both short and long stay options and have toilets and accessible parking spaces available. If a walk along the dunes is on your agenda, seek out the Marine Drive car park which will give you direct access to the grass fringed dunes and a café for post walk refreshments.

Dogs at Woolacombe beach

Woolacombe Beach is a place for everyone to enjoy, including your furry friends! Four-legged visitors are welcome on the beach throughout the year. From May to October, there is a specific dog-free area for those who prefer to keep their picnics away from inquisitive noses, while elsewhere, dogs should be kept on a lead.

Beach Huts on Woolacombe beach

How about securing your personal beach retreat with a Woolacombe Beach Hut? They're up for grabs from the last week of May until the first week of September. Upgrade your beach day with a cosy little nook, fully equipped with two deckchairs, patio chairs, a table for your fish and chip supper, and a windbreak for those occasional gusty days. Plus, you'll have a secure place to stash your valuables and a handy changing area to sidestep those awkward towel mishaps!

The Beaches of Woolacombe

This three mile stretch of sand is made up of different sections with a couple of serene coves tucked in, so finding the ideal spot for your beach plans should be easy at Woolacombe Beach.  Puttsborough beach at the South end and Woolacombe beach at the North are the most visited spots, thanks to their convenient access from large parking areas. If you want to claim a bit more space on the sand, take a stroll through the dunes to find Middle Beach, a typically less crowded area.  For added seclusion visit one of the smaller coves at the Northern end of the beach opposite the Esplanade. Barricane Beach is one of the most picturesque.  Accessed by a steep path it has crystal clear water, rockpools to explore and is a wonderful sunset spot.  For the adventurers amongst you, low tide reveals Grunta cove with rock pools ready to explore.


What to do at Woolacombe Beach

Woolacombe Beach has RNLI lifeguards on patrol so it is a safe beach for you and your family to enjoy the sea whether you are dipping the paddle of a kayak, learning to surf or just going for a quick dip.  There are three surf schools so if you would like to master the waves on your holiday to Devon, Woolacombe beach is the ideal spot to try it out.  

Woolacombe Beach is also a great destination for walkers.  Backed by the South West coast path with spectacular views to Lundy Island, you can follow one of the National Trust walking trails amongst the dunes and visit both of the headlands for excellent views.  Venture to the northern end of Woolacombe Beach to discover a charming village bursting with seaside shops, delightful restaurants and friendly cafés as well as children’s rides and amusements for some traditional seaside fun.



Eating at Woolacombe Beach

There are plenty of eating out options, from tasty grab and go seaside treats, to a more refined dining experience.  For deliciously fresh seafood head to the family run Beachhouse where you can sample oysters, mussels and delicious Devon crab.  For informal eats, in the fresh air, try The Porthoe Cafe whose deliciously curated collection of baguettes, salads and sweet treats are great for the start or finish of a  stroll in the dunes.  

Looking for pub grub? Seek out The Tides Inn serving up hearty lunch time sandwiches, Sunday roasts and a tasty dinner menu.  For something a little different visit the Barricane Beach Cafe, craned into its enviable beachside position it serves simple baguettes, salads, wraps and cream teas in the day time and every evening, weather permitting, they run a Sri Lankan Curry night, for food by the ocean.

Visit Woolacombe Beach from Manleigh Park

If you are keen to experience Woolacombe Beach, Maneligh Park in Combe Martin is a great base from which to do so.  We have holiday bungalows, cosy caravans and luxury lodges available to rent or own, so you could visit Woolacombe Beach whenever you please.

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