Our guide to Woolacombe holiday cottages & apartments

Woolacombe in North Devon is found within the striking headlands of Baggy Point and Morte Point in a dramatic valley. With National Trust moorland surrounding the picturesque village, Woolacombe is an excellent base for discovering this area of the county and enjoying the unspoilt landscapes. Woolacombe Sands lure visitors in their hoards throughout summer, as they stretch for an impressive three miles and offer admirable surf – although trips to Woolacombe in the winter months have a special quality of their own. Woolacombe village is a vibrant and welcoming resort, with plenty of places to visit and relax.

Things to do in Woolacombe

Woolacombe has access to several beaches. Woolacombe beach was voted the best beach by the Mail on Sunday and its perfect for paddling or splashing around in. Look out for surfers during the summer months as you’ll spy many making waves in the sea. With 3 miles of sandy beaches and dunes, you can also take a stroll along the beach as you look out to the beautiful coast.

For those visiting during May, make sure you go to the Exmoor walking festival. This 10 day programme of 30 guided walks takes you through some of the best scenery in the area. Going from landmarks to quint woodlands, the 4 to 11 mile walks are suitable for all the family, so get your walking boots ready and look forward to a day of adventure.

Woolacombe Attractions

We adore the Woolacombe attractions and there’s always something to get your teeth into. Combesgate Beach is one of the smaller beaches here but it’s still well worth a visit. You can have a walk along the sands or even build a sandcastle. You’ll also view swimmers and surfers so if you fancy giving it a go, bring your wetsuits – just make sure you check the tide times beforehand.

Get closer to the local wildlife by making friends with some welcoming sheep. The Big Sheep is one of our favourites highlights. See the sheep racing and make a cheeky bet on your preferred sheep or take part in a feeding session. There’s also opportunity to take a picture with some of the friendly animals. If you want a break from petting, kids can have a little tractor ride, go on a trampoline or another exciting ride. If you’re visiting in Easter, you can also take part in an Easter Egg hunt.

We love getting active and Blue Dot Adventure is the best way to do that. Try your hand at coasteering along the rugged Devonshire coastline for a day out you’ll never forget. As well as climbing the cliffs, you can swim and jump with guides on hand to look after you. If the climb is what interests you, then try the Hang Tough package – this takes you on technical overhanging climbing above deep water. Even if you’ve never tried climbing before, you’ll relish the chance at giving this memorable experience a go.

Combesgate Beach

Combesgate Beach is smaller than some of the other Woolacombe beaches, but this sandy cove is a great choice for those who fancy a quiet day on the beach away from the crowds. The beach offers good swimming, surf and of course plenty of opportunity to make sand castles. Surfers should note that it’s best to surf at low tide,...

Barricane Beach

For an extra special beach in Woolacombe, the small Barricane Beach may not have the lure of the main one but remains almost as popular. The beach’s Caribbean-inspired name may seem strange, but you’ll soon notice the many shells that are washed onto the inlet straight from a Caribbean Island through the Gulf Stream. Shell hunters will be delighted with...
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