Woolacombe is one of my favourite UK holiday destinations because of so many reasons. Firstly, the landscape is just beautiful and I loved driving through it. However, I didn't like how the roads are very narrow because it is quite stressful driving. It also takes a long time to get anywhere from Woolacombe because of the landscape which is quite annoying. Despite this Woolacombe itself has so much to offer. There are many beautiful resteraunts including the Red Barn which I felt were very well priced and you can get a bite to eat quite cheaply.
The parking in the area is very expensive and I didn't like how you have to pay £6 just to go to the beach for a few hours. Despite this I loved how the beach's facilities were exceptional, they have well kept toilets and a very nice cafe. When the weather is good I loved going to the beach and just relaxing however, when it rains (quite often) it is very expensive to do anything else. For example, the golf around the area I thought was very expensive and even the bowling was very expensive.
There is such a variety of accomodation including many camping areas which is ideal. I personally loved staying in the watersmeet hotel which is very nice indeed. Through ever place in woolacombe there are great views of the main beach which I love because when the sunsets it is just beautiful. Another factor that I loved about Woolacombe was how well suited it is for family's with many facilities including amusements and ice cream shops. It really is I think a great place to have a family holiday and I would really recommend it.
Recently I enjoyed a rather rainy holiday in Devon, and on the only sunny day we got we headed down to Woolacombe (a small beach town situated on the North coast of Devon, not far from Ilfracombe). The beach there is absolutely brilliant, with miles of sand and ice cream vans and bouncy castles for children, and everything you can hope for in an English beach. The waves are some of the best for surfing and body boarding I have seen, and the actual surfing is excellent. What's great about Woolacombe is, of course the surfing and vast sandy beach, but also parking is so easy as there's parking all along the sand dunes and in the town, and cafes are only a very short walk away from the beach, and serve delicious Devon cream teas, and many flavours of icecream.
Weather permitting you could easily spend every day of your holiday down on Woolacombe beach!
Woolacombe is a small village sited near the sea on the North Devon Coast. From the nearest big town, Barnstaple it takes 1/2 an hour to drive there, although during the summer and school holidays expect this to take significantly longer due to heavy traffic. First buses run the No 303 from Barnstaple, through Braunston to Woolacombe, check their website for a timetable.
Parking at Woolacombe can be difficult during the summer period but there is parking right by the beach and also on a grass field 1-200m down the road.
The single largest attraction of Woolacombe is the fantastic beach, which in my opinion is one of the best in the country (and from my understanding has been voted in the top 10 best beaches in the entire world!). 2 miles of uninterrupted sand on a beach that has had for many years a Blue flag status. Woolacombe is popular with surfers because of its situation facing the North Atlantic meaning it can catch the large incoming Atlantic waves providing excellent surf. Several surf schools operate from here.
The village has a number of shops, mainly tourist based with several restaurants. A crazy golf course is also present giving you an opportunity to get away from the sand if you wish. In the surrounding area there are several holiday parks, B&B's and camp sites for any visitors wishing to stay the night.
Woolacombe, say that name and it conjours up happy childhood memories of sun, sand, surfing, smelly tents, thunderstorms ans spending all my 2p's in the arcade!
Situated in North Devon Woolacombe is the perfect summer hoilday destination for everyone. It has so much to offer! The Beach itself has won several awards, given blue flag status to show it is a clean and safe beach and one of the few in Britian to achieve this. The beach runs for 2 miles from Morte Point to Baggy point. Large sand dunes run for much of the lenth of the 2 miles, and I have happy memories of running down them as a kid.
Woolacombe is one of the best places in the UK for surfing. The huge beach means there is plenty of room even in summer when it can get very busy.
There are hundreds of hotels dotted around the area, from massive 5 star luxury to simple bed and breakfast. There are several caravan and camping sites in the area, I stayed at many of these as a child and they were all excellent. Most provide family entertainment and lots of activites for the kids!
The town itself has some nice shops, some for tourists, some surf shops and some nice little shops to mooch in. There are a few arcades to spend your pennies, some good resteraunts and pubs. There is a small crazy golf course which is always good for a laugh.
If you venture round the coast a little I would recommend, Combesgate Beach. You desend 100 steps to reach this beach, its not a huge one like the main stretch, this is a secluded cove, with interesting rock pools, etc to keep the kids amused.
There are plenty of really nice little villages in the area, I would recommend Lee Bay. Difficult to get to, but well worth it. There is Barnstaple near by or Ilfracombe if your looking for larger towns. Plenty to do at either of these.
Overall this is one of the best UK holiday destinations, it can get busy in the summer holidays but is still a magical place! Next time your down in Devon go and have a look, you will love it!
Woolacombe is a seaside paradise in North Devon. It can be reached by leaving the M5 at junction 27, then following the A361 towards Ilfracombe. Pass through Braunton and then turn left at the Mullacott Cross to Woolacombe. I have visited Woolacombe many times in the past thirty years and have recently spent another enjoyable holiday there. The seaside, although a haven for water sports and surfing, is still a relatively quiet location, and is not overly commercialised. There are two shops on the main entrance to the beach, one a normal gift shop, selling a range of flip flops, beach equipment and clothing, and the other selling food and drink. Woolacombe is without doubt, the cleanest and most wonderful beach I have ever had the pleasure to sit on. The beach has won numerous awards, including the England for Excellence Gold Award and the Best British Beach for its cleanliness and golden sands, and facilities, and is a haven for surfers all year round, because of the waves rolling in from the Atlantic. The sands at Woolacombe stretch for an amazing three miles and there are lifeguards on duty throughout the summer months. There are of course flags on the beach, signifying the safest place to bathe. Barricane Beach, which can be accessed by walking across the main beach at low tide, is a site of special scientific interest because of the tons of seashells in an amazing myriad of colours, which are washed onto the beach from the Caribbean. The rock pools along the beach are fantastic and are deep enough to swim in, although it was too cold when we visited. The sea life in these pools is amazing and my children spent hours with their nets, catching the crabs in the pools. We also spotted some massive jellyfish, which had been washed in with the tide onto the beach. There are restrictions for walking dogs on the beaches and these are all clearly displayed at the entrances to the beaches. The beach is run by Parkin Estates, wh
o are continually cleaning the area, even removing the seaweed from the sands after high tide. There are two vans that sit on the main beach, which sell hot dogs, burgers, chips etc during the day, that are also run by Parkin Estates. The company cannot be praised enough for the work they do on the beach, and I have never visited it, and found rubbish or any debris along the sands. There is an annual sandcastle competition held each year on the beach and this event draws people from miles around. There are two main car parks near to the beach, Sandy Burrows and The Esplanade. These both cost £3.50 for the day, although Sandy Burrows closes at 6pm. The Esplanade is open later and after 5pm only costs £1 to park. However, there is also another car park further up, Marine Drive, which will give access to the quieter parts of the beach and the dunes. The dunes provide a wonderful play area for children and also are a great windbreak when sunbathing on the sands. There are many gift shops in the village, and also many surf shops. Hunter is the main shop for the surfers and board sports, and stocks a wide variety of surfing gear and clothing, such as Billabong, Vans, O?Neill and Etnies, amongst others. Jack seemed to spend half his holiday and most of his money in this shop! There are also shops from which surfing and boarding equipment can be hired. Woolacombe beach, as well as being a haven for surfers, also attracts kite boarders and wind surfers and in the early evenings there are many of these in the shallow waters and on the sands. My children were fascinated and spent hours watching the boards hurtling up and down the vast expanse of golden sand. Beach huts are available on the main beach for hire for £55 per week. Each hut has 4 chairs, a windbreak and table, and can be hired from Parkin Estates on 01271 870234. Bookings can only be made on a weekly basis. As far as holiday accommodation goes in Woolacombe, the
choice is massive. We stayed on one of the holiday parks in the village, but there are also many hotels to choose from. There is also a nightclub in Woolacombe, quite a surprise for a small village but I suppose this caters for the surfers, who travel to Woolacombe from all over the country. There are also many shops selling ice creams, cream teas and the like, as well as a wonderful fish and chip shop, which we visited on oe occasion during our latest holiday. Morte Point, the next village on, can be reached by following the coastal path from Woolacombe and the views from here are spectacular, and it is possible to see seals and dolphins from this point. Although we did not see any this time, I have seen seals on previous visits. There is a surf school in Woolacombe called Surfseekers who run courses for novice surfers and also intermediates. The boards and wetsuits are provided. The school offer discounts for works outings, organisations and birthday parties and all instructors hold a Level 2 BSA certificate. What a novel idea. We actually saw lessons taking place while we were on the beach. The School can be contacted on 07977 924 588, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or they have a website at www.northdevon.co.uk/surfseekers. For details on hotels, guest houses, places of interest etc, please contact Woolacombe Tourist Information on 01271 870533. The Tourist Information shop is located near to The Esplanade car park, and has a wide variety of leaflets and information pertaining to Woolacombe and the surrounding area