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

Thu 21/02 »

Surf report for Thu 21/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 6ft 12s  °  ° 13mph
12:00 6ft 12s  °  ° 10mph
18:00 6ft 12s  °  ° 12mph
Tide times
Low 01:38am (0.32m)
High 07:47am (5.98m)
Low 02:03pm (0.25m)
High 08:10pm (5.68m)
Daylight
First light06:43
Sunrise07:17
Sunset17:43
Dark18:17

Fri 22/02 »

Surf report for Fri 22/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 7ft 17s  °  ° 16mph
12:00 7ft 16s  °  ° 16mph
18:00 6ft 15s  °  ° 17mph
Tide times
Low 02:20am (0.45m)
High 08:27am (5.83m)
Low 02:43pm (0.48m)
High 08:47pm (5.49m)
Daylight
First light06:41
Sunrise07:15
Sunset17:45
Dark18:18

Sat 23/02 »

Surf report for Sat 23/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 18mph
12:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 14mph
18:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 7mph
Tide times
Low 02:59am (0.73m)
High 09:02am (5.56m)
Low 03:22pm (0.85m)
High 09:21pm (5.22m)
Daylight
First light06:39
Sunrise07:13
Sunset17:47
Dark18:20

Sun 24/02 »

Surf report for Sun 24/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 4ft 13s  °  ° 8mph
12:00 4ft 12s  °  ° 9mph
18:00 3ft 12s  °  ° 6mph
Tide times
Low 03:37am (1.11m)
High 09:36am (5.21m)
Low 03:59pm (1.29m)
High 09:54pm (4.91m)
Daylight
First light06:37
Sunrise07:11
Sunset17:48
Dark18:22

Mon 25/02 »

Surf report for Mon 25/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 5ft 18s  °  ° 10mph
12:00 5ft 16s  °  ° 9mph
18:00 5ft 16s  °  ° 12mph
Tide times
Low 04:15am (1.54m)
High 10:11am (4.85m)
Low 04:38pm (1.73m)
High 10:33pm (4.62m)
Daylight
First light06:35
Sunrise07:09
Sunset17:50
Dark18:23

Tue 26/02 »

Surf report for Tue 26/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 4ft 14s  °  ° 16mph
12:00 4ft 13s  °  ° 19mph
18:00 4ft 15s  °  ° 20mph
Tide times
Low 04:59am (1.95m)
High 10:58am (4.51m)
Low 05:27pm (2.13m)
High 11:33pm (4.38m)
Daylight
First light06:33
Sunrise07:07
Sunset17:52
Dark18:25

Today's weather

Cloudy

10 °C
(50 °F)

Gentle breeze, 13.3 km/h from SSE

Sea temperature

8.9°C / 48°F

Rating

Average: 3 (1 vote)

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