Woolacombe Guide

This Woolacombe guide is here to help you plan those perfect, long-awaited beach days out.

I am often asked what is the best part of living in Woolacombe is? It’s the beach. With so many breathtaking local beaches to explore, we really are spoilt for choice.

If I were to ask you where the top beaches in the world were, would you expect a UK beach to make the list? Our very own Woolacombe beach was voted one of the best beaches in the World. Fourth best beach in Europe and taking the top spot as England’s best beach … AGAIN!

It came as no surprise to us, miles of golden sand, rolling waves and soft sand dunes. This is what seaside holidays are all about. Best of all, each of our North Devon Holiday Parks are just a hop, skip and a jump from one of the best beaches in the world.

Beach days are what we are all about in Woolacombe… what do you get up to at the beach? Splash in the surf, build a spectacular sandcastle or hunt for shells? Whatever your beach day, our little village of Woolacombe really does offer the full holiday package.

With 2021 holidays booking up at record speed, I think our guests will agree that we all need a special break to look forward to. The days will be warmer, the nights brighter and longer and our Woolacombe beach will be ready, whatever your beach day. Those will be the days to look forward to, the soft sand between your toes and salt sea spray in your hair.

Woolacombe guide to local beaches:

Putsborough Sands

Located at the very Southern end of Woolacombe beach is Putsborough Sands. Enjoy the perfect mix of dramatic cliffs, rocks, and sandy bays. Perfect for families who like to explore and relax.   

Putsborough Sands
Putsborough Sands

Middle Beach or Marine Drive

Nestled in between Putsborough Sand and Woolacombe Sands is Middle Beach, take a stroll through our golden sand dunes to find a perfectly distanced spot with plenty of room to Hang 10. Even in the busy Summer months, Middle Beach is often quieter. Perfect for families, who prefer a quieter beach experience.

Middle Beach in Woolacombe
Middle Beach


With miles of golden sand between your toes and plenty of room to enjoy family days out. The sand is golden, the waves are pumping, sunsets are spectacular and parking close by. Woolacombe is perfect for all families seeking a perfect beach day.

Woolacombe Sands Beach
Woolacombe Sands Beach

Harris, Gin & Shellsborough

Take a stroll across the esplanade and find this little hidden gem of Harris, Gin and Shellsborough. This location is perfect for all families with a sense of adventure. Get your buckets and nets at the ready and head on down to a beach that offers a wonder of surprises the high tide left behind.

Rockpools in Woolacombe
Rockpools repleashed from the Atlantic Ocean


Sandwiched in the middle of the many cove beaches along the esplanade is the prettiest one yet. The sea is clear, the view is extraordinary and rockpools are aplenty. Barricane beach is perfect for families with older children who like to explore.

Barricane Beach
Barricane Beach in Woolacombe


Located between Grunta and Barricane beach you’ll find this quiet, hidden gem we know as Combesgate beach. Follow the sweeping steps on to this quiet rocky beach.

Sunset at Woolacombe Beach in Devon
Woolacombe Beach at sunset

Woolacombe guide to exploring on foot:

In this area of outstanding beauty, you will only ever be a short stroll from some of the most breath-taking views.

Potters Hill

Potters Hill in Woolacombe
Potters Hill

Woolacombe Downs

Woolacombe Downs beach view
Woolacombe Downs

Sand Dunes

Woolacombe beach sand dunes
Sand dunes at Woolacombe Beach

South West Coast Path

South West Coast Path sea views
Coast path to Woolacombe from Golden Coast Holiday Park

Here in Woolacombe we really are spoilt with locations to visit and things to do. Whatever it is you choose to get up whilst in Woolacombe, we hope you enjoy our little piece of Devon.

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