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A seaside town in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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Woolacombe beach

With miles of golden sand and a lively, laid-back vibe, it’s unsurprising that Woolacombe is one of the UK’s best-loved seaside resorts. Whether you fancy hiking through gentle dunes, taking a splash in the Atlantic or watching the sunset with a cold drink, Woolacombe is the perfect place to while away a few days by the sea.

Despite its popularity, the sheer size of the beach means you don’t have to go far to find a quiet spot to stretch out and catch some sun. A three-mile stroll along Woolacombe’s dramatic and remarkably unspoilt stretch of sand will take you from the north end of the beach, closest to the village, to Putsborough, where waves roll to shore beneath towering cliffs.

Woolacombe is popular with surfers due to the consistency of the waves and award-winning water quality. Whether you’re an expert or a complete beginner, Woolacombe is a great place to put on a wetsuit and hit the waves. A number of surf shops, including Bay Surf Shop and Shore 2 Surf hire out equipment. The beach is lifeguarded throughout the summer with flagged areas to ensure the safety of swimmers.

Woolacombe beach huts

The streets which meander down to the beach are lined with independent shops, galleries, restaurants and pubs. Woolacombe caters for a wide range of tastes, whether you’re looking for a hearty post-beach roast or a plate of locally caught seafood. The Red Barn has an outside terrace which is the perfect excuse to grab a pint of local ale and watch the waves. There is also an extensive menu including fish and chips and burgers, and regular live music nights. Woolacombe is home to Noel [email protected], an award-winning fine-dining restaurant which is renowned for its inventive menu.

If you’re in the mood for a stroll, head up the hill to Mortehoe, a picturesque village perched spectacularly on the cliff-top. In the village square you’ll find More-Shellfish-T-Eat which serves fresh, seafood platters, straight from the Atlantic.

“Whether you fancy hiking through gentle dunes, taking a splash in the Atlantic or watching the sunset with a cold drink, Woolacombe is the perfect place to while away a few days by the sea.”

If you want to dance the night away when the pubs close, check out Marisco, Woolacombe’s longest-running nightclub, where DJs keep the dance floor packed into the early hours with an eclectic mix of music.

Woolacombe is perfectly located for exploring North Devon's scenic coast and countryside. The wilderness of Exmoor is a short drive away, as are a number of stunning beaches including Croyde and Lee Bay.

While you’re there

The Boardwalk Bistro & Bar

This is the perfect place for enjoying a meal outside as the terrace offers stunning views.

Woolacombe Bay

This award-winning beach has a long stretch of sand and is ideal for surfing.

Barricane Beach

At low tide this lovely beach is revealed, it’s a quieter spot away from the main beach.

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