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Home | Your Holiday at Byron | 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, in the stunning region of North Devon.

The award-winning Woolacombe Beach is less than a 4 minute walk away from Byron Woolacombe Holidays 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, the Byron apartments are 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 from the Byron apartments and on top of the headland, widens the vast choice of pubs, cafés and beaches available during your stay.

Croyde: just 5 miles away, Croyde Beach attracts surfers from far and wide. Its 800m of sheltered bay with a reef break at Baggy Point. Lots of our guests love visiting Croyde whilst staying in our luxury Woolacombe apartments.

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 Woolacombe with crazy golf and mini go karts.

Surf’s Up 

North Devon offers some of the best surf spots in the country, and Woolacombe’s 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 long-boarders. 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.

New Coast Kitchen, Croyde, North Devon Restaurant food


There are a number of great restaurants close to Byron. From cafes, takeaways and tea rooms, to pubs, restaurants and dog friendly eateries, Woolacombe, Mortehoe and the surrounding areas have it all!

Please note that some eateries, particularly for evening meals, require you to book in advance.

For our full list of tips and ideas please visit our restaurant recommendations page!

Woolacombe Bay really does have everything you need for a perfect holiday.

in and around Woolacombe

Woolacombe is the perfect place to be with a plethora of beautiful beaches and amazing activities on your doorstep. We have provided a few guides here to help you get started!

Discover some of the great National Trust walks around Woolacombe, Mortehoe and Ilfracombe. Enjoy beautiful views and exciting hikes over craggy cliff-tops and meandering country fields.

For advice on where to take your four legged friends and to see our guide on the 9 best dog walks in North Devon, you can click here!

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!

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