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

Fri 23/08 »

Surf report for Fri 23/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 3ft 7s  °  ° 6mph
13:00 2ft 7s  °  ° 6mph
19:00 2ft 7s  °  ° 7mph
Tide times
Low 4:49am (2.46m)
High 11:14am (7.41m)
Low 5:05pm (2.73m)
High 11:43pm (7.29m)
Daylight
First light05:39
Sunrise06:15
Sunset20:23
Dark20:59

Sat 24/08 »

Surf report for Sat 24/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 2ft 6s  °  ° 14mph
13:00 3ft 7s  °  ° 17mph
19:00 2ft 10s  °  ° 9mph
Tide times
Low 5:39am (2.84m)
High 12:09pm (7.08m)
Low 6:10pm (3.08m)
Daylight
First light05:41
Sunrise06:17
Sunset20:21
Dark20:56

Sun 25/08 »

Surf report for Sun 25/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 2ft 9s  °  ° 11mph
13:00 2ft 9s  °  ° 10mph
19:00 2ft 8s  °  ° 5mph
Tide times
High 12:49am (7.00m)
Low 6:58am (3.11m)
High 1:26pm (6.93m)
Low 7:47pm (3.16m)
Daylight
First light05:43
Sunrise06:18
Sunset20:19
Dark20:54

Mon 26/08 »

Surf report for Mon 26/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 2ft 8s  °  ° 7mph
13:00 2ft 8s  °  ° 11mph
19:00 1ft 8s  °  ° 6mph
Tide times
High 2:15am (6.99m)
Low 8:34am (2.98m)
High 2:56pm (7.17m)
Low 9:19pm (2.77m)
Daylight
First light05:45
Sunrise06:20
Sunset20:17
Dark20:52

Tue 27/08 »

Surf report for Tue 27/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 1ft 8s  °  ° 11mph
13:00 1ft 5s  °  ° 12mph
19:00 1ft 9s  °  ° 8mph
Tide times
High 3:39am (7.40m)
Low 9:53am (2.47m)
High 4:12pm (7.78m)
Low 10:29pm (2.12m)
Daylight
First light05:46
Sunrise06:21
Sunset20:14
Dark20:50

Wed 28/08 »

Surf report for Wed 28/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
4:00 1ft 10s  °  ° 5mph
16:00 1ft 8s  °  ° 5mph
Tide times
High 4:48am (8.06m)
Low 10:56am (1.80m)
High 5:14pm (8.52m)
Low 11:27pm (1.43m)
Daylight
First light05:48
Sunrise06:23
Sunset20:12
Dark20:47

Today's weather

Cloudy

16 °C
(60 °F)

Light breeze, 9.7 km/h from WSW

Sea temperature

17.2°C / 63.0°F

Rating

Average: 3 (1 vote)

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