Woolacombe North Devon

Woolacombe and Mortehoe Devon


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Woolacombe,
Mortehoe and Putsborough
Blue Flag beach, nominated as one of the top six beaches in Britain.

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Baggy Point
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Woolacombe Sands
Putsborough Sands

TIC

Woolacombe Tourist Information Centre
Red Barn Café
Barton Road
Woolacombe EX34 7BT
Tel: 01271 870553
e-mail: woolacombetic.visit.org.uk


Woolacombe sits at the end of a long steep valley (combe) that winds down to the coast, opening up into a three mile long, southwest facing sandy bay, sandwiched between two dramatic peninsulas - Baggy and Morte Points - makes this a truly spectacular and unique holiday destination.

Woolacombe is a lively village with plenty of atmosphere, a fantastic beach, great pubs, restaurants and places to stay. Visitors of all ages will find plenty to do away from the beach. There's a friendly, laid-back atmosphere here which visitors enjoy, bringing them back year after year.

Woolacombe was awarded the "England for Excellence Gold Award" for best family resort 1999 and was voted the Best British Beach in the Mail On Sunday - October 2000.

The beach lies between Morte Point and Baggy Point. It is a three-mile long stretch of golden sand - with Blue Flag and Premier Seaside Beach awards for it's cleanliness, water quality and facilities. Life guards ensure safe family swimming during the summer and surfers come from all over the country to enjoy the great waves and clean water. The beach has easy disabled access, complete with shop, parking, water sports, toilets, safe swimming, and refreshments.

The rolling surf bringing unbroken Atlantic breakers from across thousands of miles of ocean to pound on this same sandy beach has something to do with it. The surfing lifestyle has brought many thousands of people to this corner of North Devon over the years.

Woolacombe, developed from a farmstead on the outskirts of the parish of Mortehoe. Over the years it has developed into one of Britain's best-loved seaside holiday resorts. Despite development in recent years, Woolacombe still retains the atmosphere of a traditional family seaside holiday resort. Families can spend a whole day on the beach and be hardly aware of the village itself at all.

Woolacombe is inseparably linked with Mortehoe - its companion village just 'up the hill', There is often a friendly rivalry between the villages, in what is to all intents a symbiotic relationship. Mortehoe is much the older settlement with a dramatic history of wreckers and smugglers.

 

 

Local History

North DevonBoth Mortehoe and Woolacombe feature in the Doomsday Book. Woolacombe appears as "Wolnecoma" - or Wolves Valley, reflecting the thickly wooded valley that was existed here; which would have certainly been a 'home' to wolves.

Mortehoe is a more complicated derivation - with some linking the name morte (the French word for death), to the treacherous waters of the coast here; whilst others claim a German origin from a word meaning short and stumpy - a reflection of Morte Point in contrast with the larger Baggy Point at the other end of the bay.

At the time of the Doomsday survey Woolacombe was uninhabited and Mortehoe not much more than a farm. St. Mary's in Mortehoe was built in the 13th century with the tower being added in about 1270.

Local Beaches

Woolacombe Sands - Beach type: sand

Facilities: Easy access. Shop, parking, water sports, easy disabled access, dogs restricted, toilets, safe swimming, refreshments.

Woolacombe is a Blue Flag beach, nominated as one of the top six beaches in Britain. Situated between Baggy Point and Morte Point, the beach stretches for approximately three miles. The beach has over 3000 parking spaces.

Barricane Beach and Coombesgate Beach.

If you want to get away from the crowds that fill Woolacombe Sands during the height of the main season, then Barricane Beach and Coombesgate Beach (which can be reached from Barricane when the tide is out) are the ideal alternatives. At low tide, these beaches are full of large pools; providing safe places for children to play in. Barricane has a cafe supplying freshly prepared snacks and more, plus, mugs of tea and coffee.

Croyde Bay Beach type: sand

Facilities: Easy access. Shop, parking, water sports, easy disabled access, dogs restricted, toilets, safe swimming, refreshments.

Croyde is one of the best surfing beaches in North Devon - situated just along the coast from Saunton. The beach is watched by lifeguards,

Putsborough Sands

Beach type: sand

Facilities: Moderate access. Shop, parking, water sports, difficult disabled access, dogs restricted, toilets, safe swimming, refreshments.

Putsborough Sands is at the other end of the beach to Woolacombe. Putsborough is a good surfing beach, with easy access from the car park on the cliffs overlooking the beach.

TIC

Woolacombe Tourist Information Centre
Red Barn Café
Barton Road
Woolacombe EX34 7BT
Tel: 01271 870553
e-mail: woolacombetic.visit.org.uk

 


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