There’s always that one beach that surfers of all abilities and styles love, and in Devon’s case it’s trusty old Woolacombe. Woolacombe’s sandy bay makes it ideal for every level of surfer, and as the beach is huge there’s space for everyone to enjoy their own patch. Peak seasons often see the rolling sands of Woolacombe get more crowded but don’t worry, just keep walking south and eventually you’ll find a spot where you can get down to surfing without interruption.
We could say that every surf spot on the north Devon coast is stunning and it’d be true, but you’ll be imagining yourself out on the waves as soon as you it comes into view. You’ll have a panoramic view to help you mentally plan your surf, so the experience is even more exciting than usual. Woolacombe is quite safe – even for beginners- but be wary of rip currents and avoid the rocks at the north end. Experienced surfers often try Barricane Beach, a smaller cover to the north of Woolacombe, and it’s a challenge with strong waves, competition and powerful currents.
It’s best to park in the main car park close to the beach. You’ll find lifeguards at the beach throughout the extended summer season for added reassurance.