Beautiful Woolacombe is one of North Devon’s best-loved beachside villages, with an outstanding and award-winning beach. Combining a friendly village atmosphere with the liveliness of a holiday destination, it has excellent amenities and facilities. It’s very close to Croyde, Georgeham, Braunton and Saunton, and just five miles from the larger town of Ilfracombe, and fifteen miles from the regional centre, Barnstaple. With a choice of beautiful homes, many with sea views, and all the amenities of a small town, this is highly desirable village in which to live.
Beautiful Woolacombe is one of North Devon’s best-loved beachside villages, with an outstanding and award-winning beach. Combining a friendly village atmosphere with the liveliness of a holiday destination, it has excellent amenities and facilities. It is very close to Croyde, Georgeham, Braunton and Saunton, and just five miles from the larger town of Ilfracombe, and fifteen miles from the regional centre, Barnstaple. With a choice of beautiful homes, many of them having sea views, this is highly desirable village in which to live.
The three miles of golden sand and surf at Woolacombe’s Blue Flag beach epitomise many people’s idea of heaven, and it is the proud holder of the ‘England for Excellence Gold Award for Best Family Beach’. Though its great waves and soft sand make it a very popular beach, Woolacombe’s size means there’s plenty of room for everyone, with surf conditions suitable for most whatever their experience. Its waters are commended for their cleanliness and quality, and the beach has its own cafe and shop. Putsborough, a delightful, unspoilt sandy beach, is also nearby, as is the dramatic setting of Mortehoe, a pretty village sat above an untouched cove.
Woolacombe is of course well known for its excellent surfing and watersports conditions, having some of the best waves in the UK. Being in such a beautiful coastal area means that a huge variety of sports are available to try – including kitesurfing, kayaking, paddleboarding, coasteering, climbing and many, many more.
Walking and cycling are also popular; the South West Coast Path passes along this stretch of coastline, and walkers can admire extraordinary views. On a fine evening the sunsets are magical. Exmoor National Park is just a short drive away, and this is aso loved by walkers, cyclists and riders. Keen golfers will be pleased to know that as well as the golf course at Woolacombe there are two championship courses at nearby Saunton, with other courses at Ilfracombe, Barnstaple and Westward Ho!
With plenty of pubs, cafes and shops, there’s always plenty going on in Woolacombe, both in the daytime and evening. The village pubs host live music and quizzes, and throughout the year there are fairs and events in the village or on the beach. Being close to Croyde and Ilfracombe means there are always lots of other activities and events going on nearby too – such as Croyde’s Oceanfest music and watersports festival, the popular VW Festival and the annual UK Sandcastle competition.
Woolacombe’s beach is of course beautiful to behold; for many residents, watching the sun sink into the sea on the horizon is the perfect way to spend an evening. Walking round the headland on the South West Coast Path to Croyde provides more stunning views of the same, and inland you’ll see lush Devon countryside too. Around the corner from Woolacombe is the clifftop village of Mortehoe; pretty, romantic and with a fascinating history, it’s perched above small sandy beaches and hidden coves, just waiting to be discovered. Nature lovers enjoy climbing down to pretty Rockham Bay and heading over to deserted Grunta beach.
Though a village, Woolacombe offers good facilities including the primary Woolacombe School http://www.woolacombe.devon.sch.uk/ and nursery facilities; a church and chapel; banks; doctors; a choice of high-quality pubs, restaurants, cafes, supermarkets and delicatessens, with more at Mortehoe; and shops selling gifts, clothes and surf kit. Most other things including senior schools can be found in Braunton (seven miles) or Ilfracombe (five miles).
Fifteen miles away is Barnstaple, North Devon’s regional centre, which houses the area’s main business, commercial, entertainment and shopping venues. The North Devon Link Road can be accessed at Barnstaple, and provides a link to the M5 at Tiverton, Junction 27. Barnstaple train station offers services to Exeter in around an hour, and Tiverton Parkway Station has regular mainline services to London Paddington in just over 2 hours.