Woolacombe Beach

Woolacombe beach
Woolacombe beach
Photo: © The Devon Guide
Woolacombe
Photo: © The Devon Guide

Woolacombe beach in North Devon was recently voted the best beach in the UK by TripAdvisor users. Whilst I can think of at least twenty beaches I prefer to Woolacombe, there is no denying it is a good beach, especially for families.

The beach at Woolacombe is a vast stretch of flat golden sand backed by a warren of sand dunes.At the northern end is the small resort village which has everything you would expect from a British resort, although thankfully it isn't too tacky and hasn't been over-developed, yet. If you are after a little less company then try the southern end of the beach, also known as Puttsborough. You can either walk the mile along the beach, or try and navigate the maze of lanes that will lead to Puttsborough by car; I'd try the former!

Facing due west, as Woolacombe does, means the beach here picks up most of the Atlantic swells. As a result it is one of the UK's best known surfing beaches. However, given the relatively flat sandy bottom, the waves are fairly gentle here and it is a good spot to learn at.

During the summer months safety isn't an issue as there is extensive lifeguard cover. This combined with all the local amenities and clean water make for an excellent family beach.

Woolacombe Beach Weather Info

5 Day Woolacombe Beach UV Index

UV Index scale

A UV Index reading of 3 or more means some precautions should be taken. For more information visit our guide to the UV Index.

Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

Woolacombe Beach tide times & sea state

Sun 15/12 »

Surf report for Sun 15/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 11ft 10s  °  ° 25mph
12:00 11ft 9s  °  ° 31mph
18:00 12ft 11s  °  ° 30mph
Tide times
Low 1:22am (1.26m)
High 7:43am (9.10m)
Low 1:46pm (1.37m)
High 8:09pm (8.82m)
Daylight
First light07:34
Sunrise08:13
Sunset16:09
Dark16:49

Mon 16/12 »

Surf report for Mon 16/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 7ft 11s  °  ° 13mph
12:00 5ft 11s  °  ° 13mph
18:00 4ft 11s  °  ° 10mph
Tide times
Low 2:03am (1.47m)
High 8:26am (8.91m)
Low 2:30pm (1.59m)
High 8:55pm (8.54m)
Daylight
First light07:35
Sunrise08:14
Sunset16:09
Dark16:49

Tue 17/12 »

Surf report for Tue 17/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 3ft 10s  °  ° 6mph
12:00 3ft 10s  °  ° 5mph
18:00 3ft 9s  °  ° 9mph
Tide times
Low 2:48am (1.76m)
High 9:14am (8.62m)
Low 3:20pm (1.88m)
High 9:45pm (8.20m)
Daylight
First light07:35
Sunrise08:15
Sunset16:10
Dark16:49

Wed 18/12 »

Surf report for Wed 18/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 3ft 6s  °  ° 12mph
12:00 4ft 5s  °  ° 23mph
18:00 5ft 5s  °  ° 26mph
Tide times
Low 3:40am (2.10m)
High 10:08am (8.30m)
Low 4:19pm (2.18m)
High 10:44pm (7.87m)
Daylight
First light07:36
Sunrise08:16
Sunset16:10
Dark16:50

Thu 19/12 »

Surf report for Thu 19/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 6ft 9s  °  ° 23mph
12:00 5ft 10s  °  ° 18mph
18:00 6ft 17s  °  ° 11mph
Tide times
Low 4:44am (2.40m)
High 11:12am (8.02m)
Low 5:29pm (2.39m)
High 11:52pm (7.67m)
Daylight
First light07:37
Sunrise08:16
Sunset16:10
Dark16:50

Fri 20/12 »

Surf report for Fri 20/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 6ft 16s  °  ° 13mph
12:00 5ft 15s  °  ° 13mph
18:00 5ft 14s  °  ° 10mph
Tide times
Low 5:59am (2.55m)
High 12:23pm (7.89m)
Low 6:45pm (2.42m)
Daylight
First light07:37
Sunrise08:17
Sunset16:11
Dark16:50

Today's weather

Light rain showers

6 °C
(42 °F)

Fresh breeze, 36.4 km/h from WSW

Sea temperature

10.6°C / 51.1°F

Rating

Average: 3 (1 vote)

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