Woolacombe Area Guide
As you drive down the hill to see Woolacombe Bay for the very first time – you are sure to think ‘Wow’. There really is no question to why it has been voted as the UK’s Best Beach. For the second year running, Woolacombe has kept its number one position in the top 25 beaches category of the TripAdvisor 2016 Travellers Choice Awards (February 2016). It also proudly ranked fifth in the TripAdvisor’s guide to best European beaches and top 15 worldwide.
There’s no doubt that Woolacombe is a definite favourite. What’s not to love!
This three mile stretch of golden sand lies between Mortehoe and Baggy Point. Its northern tip lies in front of the village, whereas its southern tip merges with Putsborough to form Putsborough Sands. There is literally space for everyone. Great waves attract surfers, body boarders and swimmers. Beach lovers and families enjoy sunbathing, sandcastle building, family beach games, and rock pool exploring and paddling in the sea of this most beautiful bay.
For your four-legged friends, dogs are welcome on the beach all year round. Although, there are some restrictions (between April 1st and September 30th) where dogs are only permitted south of the stream.
Just up the coast, the pretty hilltop village of Mortehoe offers a quieter base for a holiday yet still provides easy access to the vibrant beach resort of Woolacombe.
You’ve got pubs, tearooms, cafes, a village shop, wonderful walking, amazing beautiful coastline and an ideal base for exploring the rest of North Devon. What’s not to like?
For walkers, there’s a spectacular circular-ish jaunt from Mortehoe that offers some of the very best coastal views and rock formations of any stretch of the South West Coast Path. Head north-east out of Mortehoe to Bull Point, then cut south-west along the coast path, taking in Rockham Beach and Morte Point. Gaze out to sea to Lundy Island, and inland at the extraordinary rock formations that bear more than a striking resemblance to the spiky armour of a stegosaurus.