The glorious Woolacombe Beach is often winning awards for its clean water, clean beach, beauty and facilities, amongst other things!
Woolacombe beach stretches from the tranquil, hidden Putsborough beach for 3 miles until it reaches Woolacombe, and, even then, there are two further beaches within the confines of Woolacombe - Barricane and Combesgate beach.
Marine Drive runs parallel to Woolacombe Beach and offers parking and access to the most beautiful and tranquil parts of the beach.
On any given sunny day, winter, or summer, Woolacombe Beach will be abuzz with activity, walkers, surfers, runners, horse riders and lots more. You will often also see para-gliders hovering above, launching off of Downs high above on the East side of the beach.
Woolacombe Beach offers a range of differing surf conditions, all easily accessible, ranging from the sheltered, easy rolling waves at the Putsborough end of the beach and middle part of the beach (known as Middle Beach) to the increasingly larger and more powerful waves the further North you head towards Woolacombe and finally ending up at Combegate beach, where there are waves on offer for the more experienced.
Hiring surf equipment to surf Woolacombe Beach is easy, there are many outlets with competitive prices - word of advice - winter, summer, spring, no matter, always make sure you hire a warm wetsuit so you can stay in the sea as long as you can! There is also a selection of good surf schools.
Compared to other North Devon beaches, Woolcombe Beach can have clearer and greener water, much like beaches in Cornwall, a refreshing change from the murky water of other beaches, and so much more inviting! Woolacombe Beach has been awarded The Blue Flag on numerous occasions - The Blue Flag beach award is widely considered the gold standard for beaches.
Walking the length of Woolacombe Beach is always a special moment, gives you time to think, relax, unwind, refresh and focus, ideal for those living and working in more hectic built up areas, looking for a break. End your walk with a hearty plate of food and a refreshing post walk drink.
There are many establishments serving food and drinks on and around Woolacombe Beach, shops, take aways, restaurants and pubs, one of the best being The Red Barn, where you can take in the view of the entire beach, Woolacombe Bay, including Lundy Island.
Woolacombe Beach and Woolacombe are central to other great areas and things to do in North Devon, take some time to explore Morte Point, Rockham Bay and Lee Bay, where there are also some great places to eat, drink and stay. Take a walk and see where you end up!
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