Woolacombe is 6.7 miles from Ilfracombe and is best known for its long sandy beach beloved by families and surfers. The beach has been voted one of Britain’s best and lies between Morte Point and Baggy Point. This three mile stretch of golden sand consistently wins a stream of awards including both the Blue Flag and Premier Seaside Award for its cleanliness, water quality and excellent facilities.
Lifeguards ensure safe swimming during the summer and surfers come from all over the country to enjoy great waves and clean water. Surf gear is available to hire. There are several other beaches in Woolacombe Bay. Barricane beach is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest because of the tons 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 ship with a cargo of pigs ran aground here. It’s harder to reach but worth the effort for its tranquillity.
Woolacombe is a lively village with a friendly, laid-back atmosphere.
Opening times & hours:
1th November to 31st March
Monday to Saturday 10am to 1pm
Saturday 10.30am 12.30pm
1st April to 31st October
Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm Sunday 10am - 3pm
Ilfracombe to Woolacombe by car 6.7 miles (19 minutes)
Check with Ilfracombe Tourist Information Centre for bus times