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 17/10 »

Surf report for Thu 17/10
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 5ft 10s  °  ° 17mph
13:00 6ft 8s  °  ° 21mph
19:00 7ft 8s  °  ° 21mph
Tide times
Low 2:45am (1.52m)
High 9:08am (8.66m)
Low 2:58pm (1.73m)
High 9:28pm (8.43m)
Daylight
First light07:09
Sunrise07:43
Sunset18:21
Dark18:54

Fri 18/10 »

Surf report for Fri 18/10
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 7ft 7s  °  ° 24mph
13:00 9ft 8s  °  ° 28mph
19:00 9ft 9s  °  ° 26mph
Tide times
Low 3:17am (1.86m)
High 9:42am (8.32m)
Low 3:32pm (2.10m)
High 10:05pm (8.01m)
Daylight
First light07:11
Sunrise07:45
Sunset18:19
Dark18:52

Sat 19/10 »

Surf report for Sat 19/10
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
13:00 6ft 7s  °  ° 22mph
Tide times
Low 3:53am (2.30m)
High 10:22am (7.90m)
Low 4:15pm (2.55m)
High 10:52pm (7.53m)
Daylight
First light07:13
Sunrise07:46
Sunset18:17
Dark18:50

Sun 20/10 »

Surf report for Sun 20/10
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
4:00 3ft 7s  °  ° 11mph
19:00 3ft 5s  °  ° 17mph
Tide times
Low 4:42am (2.80m)
High 11:17am (7.44m)
Low 5:20pm (3.02m)
Daylight
First light07:14
Sunrise07:48
Sunset18:14
Dark18:48

Mon 21/10 »

Surf report for Mon 21/10
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
4:00 3ft 6s  °  ° 15mph
16:00 3ft 6s  °  ° 12mph
Tide times
High 12:00am (7.10m)
Low 6:02am (3.23m)
High 12:38pm (7.14m)
Low 7:06pm (3.20m)
Daylight
First light07:16
Sunrise07:50
Sunset18:12
Dark18:46

Tue 22/10 »

Surf report for Tue 22/10
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 1ft 4s  °  ° 7mph
16:00 1ft 13s  °  ° 5mph
Tide times
High 1:35am (7.00m)
Low 7:53am (3.18m)
High 2:16pm (7.33m)
Low 8:46pm (2.79m)
Daylight
First light07:18
Sunrise07:51
Sunset18:10
Dark18:44

Today's weather

Rain

12 °C
(53 °F)

Fresh breeze, 30.6 km/h from SSW

Sea temperature

16.1°C / 61.0°F

Rating

Average: 3 (1 vote)

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