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 on  from Easter – October
  • Action sports – surfing, kite surfing, swimming, rock climbing, sea fishing and more
  • Regular surfing competitions
  • Dog free beach on certain areas May 1st to September 30th

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) are great alternatives.

Barricane, or Shell Beach as it is known locally, has a small beach cafe 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.


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


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

  • Spectacular walks
  • Links golf course
  • Horseriding
  • Zipwire and adventure parks
  • Swimming pools
  • Cycle the Tarka trail
  • Castles and stately homes
  • Gardens and sculpture parks
  • Theatres, cinemas and museums


Mortehoe: just a mile away on top of the headland widening the choice of pubs, cafes and beaches

Croyde: just 5 miles away, Croyde attracts surfers from far and wide. Its 800m sheltered bay with from 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.