With its’ 3 mile stretch of golden sands, great waves and stunning coastal footpath, Woolacombe really does have something for everyone! Families enjoy splashing about in the sea with body boards, building sand castles, playing beach games, exploring the rockpools for marine life, and indulging in icecreams, whilst others stroll along the dramatic coast path, bird watching and seal spotting or surfing the great waves that roll in from the Atlantic. Even when there are no waves, it’s perfect for Kayacking, Stand UP Paddleboarding, or simply taking a dip in the glistening water. For those just wishing to relax, beach huts are available in the summer season.
There are several other beaches in Woolacombe Bay. Barricane Beach is a designated Site of Scientific Interest because of the mass of shells of all shapes and colours which reach this small inlet from the Caribbean. Further along, Combesgate Beach, like Woolacombe, is made up of fine golden sand, a paradise for swimmers and surfers. The next beach, Grunta, earned its’ name when a cargo ship of pigs ran aground here! These smaller beaches are perfect for rock-pooling as the tide goes out. Putsborough Beach is at the far end of Woolacombe beach, by Baggy Point, and is also perfect for surfing, rock-pooling and sandcastles!
The village itself is lively and offers a wide choice of cafes, pubs, restaurants and a range of shops selling groceries, gifts, clothing. There is also a chemist, post office, newsagent, surf hire, and two free cash points. And of course there is a variety of holiday accommodation, from campsites to four star hotels, as well as B&Bs, self-catering, holiday parks and room only.
Parking: There is ample parking in Woolacombe, with three beach car parks suitable for cars and motorhomes (daily charges apply throughout the season). The Esplanade offers short stay parking of up to 4 hours at £1.30 for the first hour, £2.50 for the second hour, etc. – charges apply 1st April-31 May on weekends and Bank Holidays only, then daily from 1st June-30th September. Parking on the road along The Esplanade is free from 1st October-30th March! However, please note, The Esplanade Beach Car Park still charges. Marine Drive is free after the Autumn Half-Term until mid-March. For more information on Parking, please contact us at [email protected]
Coach Parking: Sandy Burrows Car Park is also available for Coach Parking. It is located opposite the Slipway to the Beach. Contact Parkin Estates on 01271 870234 (or 01271 871260 in June/July/August) for information.
Accessibility: For information on accessibility, please email us and we can send you the relevant local information. [email protected] or follow the link for the latest National Trust Accessibility Guide to Woolacombe: https://nt.global.ssl.fastly.net/documents/access-guide/1431729788742-woolacombe.pdf
The Tourist Information Centre have an All Terrain Mobility Scooter and a Beach Wheelchair to Hire – perfect for those less mobile to access our beautiful sandy beach. Contact the TIC for further information and to book!