There are beaches, dunes, coastal paths, grassy downs and rocky headlands just waiting to be explored, not to mention the ocean itself.


Woolacombe's main stretch of beach has a very gentle sandy slope into the sea making it safe for learning to surf, SUP or kayak and there are several places to hire equipment or book lessons.

We also have RNLI lifeguard patrol in the main holiday season.

When the sea is calm and the waters crystal clear you can snorkel the shallows and find all kinds of fish, starfish, jellyfish and spider crabs.

The north end of Woolacombe beach is made up of rocky coves the largest of which is Combesgate, there are steps down to the beach which means it is always quiet, even in the main season and there are big rockpools at low tide, perfect if you fancy a cold water plunge!


The coastline around Woolacombe is craggy and dramatic, if you head north on the coastal path you will cross the rocky gorse and grassland of Morte point, look out for the seals basking on the rocks.

The path will take you past Rockham bay to Bull point lighthouse where you can either carry on as far as you like or circle back to the village of Mortehoe along the lighthouse road.

Heading south from Woolacombe the path winds through the sand dunes all the way to Putsborough at the far end of the beach. On a warm day if you're quiet you may spot adders or sand lizards basking in the sun.

You can carry on the walk around Baggy point or hop over through the lanes to Croyde and Georgeham.

You can also head out over the Woolacombe downs above the beach where Exmoor ponies and Devon ruby red cattle graze.