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About Woolacombe

A spectacular coastline of cliffs, coves, beaches, dunes and headlands, but that’s not all…

Life’s a beach

Woolacombe Beach has all you need for happier holidays. Nestling between rugged unspoilt Baggy Point and Mortehoe, Woolacombe is framed by the hills of Woolacombe Downs.

The award-winning beach is just a few minutes walk away from Byron and offers:

– Supervised RNLI Lifeguard service at specific times in the year.  #RespectTheWater
– Action sports – surfing, kite surfing, swimming, rock climbing, sea fishing and more
– Regular surfing competitions
– Dog-free and dog-friendly areas of the beach 

For more information you can also visit Parkin Estates, private owners of Woolacombe Beach, who have provided visitors with an impressive level of service and facilities unrivalled in the area since 1948. 

When you fancy a change, Byron is in easy reach of three more amazing beaches, Putsborough, Barricane and Coombesgate Beach (which can be reached from Barricane when the tide is out).

Barricane, or Shell Beach as it is known locally, has a small beach café serving homemade Sri-Lankan curries. People take rugs and cushions, chilled beer or wine and enjoy watching the sunset. It’s very popular, so get there early and take a bottle.

Laid-Back Village Life

In Woolacombe village you’ll find a range of eclectic boutique, cafés, bars and places to eat as well as the more practical shops.


Life’s not just a beach – there’s more to do than you’ll have time for in one visit, which is a perfect excuse to come back time and time again.

– Spectacular walks
– Golf courses and tennis courts
– Horse-riding, archery and clay pigeon shooting
– Zipwire and adventure parks
– Swimming pools, watersports and surfing
– Cycle the Tarka trail
– Castles and stately homes
– Gardens and sculpture parks
– Theatres, cinemas and museums

Spread Your Wings And Fly

Mortehoe: just a mile away on top of the headland, widens the vast choice of pubs, cafés and beaches available.

Croyde: just 5 miles away, Croyde attracts surfers from far and wide. Its 800m of sheltered bay with a reef break at Baggy Point.

Saunton: just 2 miles away along the coastal road lies Saunton Sands, good swell produces slow, sweeping sets of waves. Music fans may recognise the location; both Robbie Williams’ “Angels” and Olly Murs’ “Hand on Heart” were filmed here.

Braunton: a thriving village just 10 miles away, boasting the largest sand dune system in England.

Exmoor: this area of outstanding natural beauty is recognised as one of the best walking and cycling locations in the UK. You’ll find heather topped moorland with wild red deer and iconic Exmoor ponies.

Barnstaple: an historic market town approx 14-miles from Woolacombe and with direct access on the North Devon Link road (A361)

Exeter: a Cathedral and University city, well known for its great shopping and international airport.

Feeling Adventurous?

Enjoy a birds eye view of the stunning coastline with one of Woolacombe’s many air experiences from paragliding to hang gliding, you can take out temporary memberships for your holiday or if you are a regular visitor, you can even join the club!

If all that excitement isn’t for you then Woolacombe’s beauty can be enjoyed comfortably from inland with an array of fun activities from Horse riding tours to rambling along the dramatic coastal footpaths. Enjoy panoramic views as you explore your way to neighbouring beaches, such as Grunta, Barricane and Putsborough.

In the summer months you will often see young families enjoying Funder Island just outside of Byron Apartments with crazy golf and mini go karts.

Surf’s Up 

North Devon offers some of the best surf spots in the country, and Woolacombes beaches are no exception! This three-mile-long stretch of sand offers great surfing for beginners through to experts. Woolacombe will work at all points of tide and the long lined up sets are popular with longboarders. If you are new to surfing you’ll find an array of surf schools ready to get you up and riding your first wave.

If Surfing isn’t your thing, why not try stand up paddleboarding, windsurfing, kitesurfing, or for the real thrill seekers, Xtreme coasteering!

For the little ones or those not quite so keen to enjoy the deeper waters, amidst Woolacombes three miles of golden sands are also many hidden rockpools, sure to keep you entertained for hours. Dip your toes in the emerald green waters whilst you take your fishing net and search for crabs, starfish and many other wonderful rockpool creatures that inhabit these little secret crevices.

With its array of shops and family-friendly bars and restaurants, Woolacombe really does have everything you need for a perfect holiday.


Firstly we would always recommend looking online at  TripAdvisor  for a full overview of all Woolacombe and it’s neighbouring areas has to offer! 

There are a number of great restaurants close to Byron. For our full list of tips and ideas please visit our restaurant recommendations page!

in and around Woolacombe

If you have any questions at all about the facilities in the Village, one of the best places to visit is our friends at Woolacombe and Morthoe Tourist Information Centre!

In the village, there is a small Londis convenience store, we suggest that it is more suitable for general grocery top-ups, rather than a large weekly shop.

Some recommendations in the village include:

don’t forget your pooch

Your pooch will love Woolacombe Beach and all the beautiful walks in the local area.

byron partner offers

Check out our list of commercial partners to see what you could get up to on your next Woolacombe adventure with Byron…

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