The Beach Guide

Woolacombe Beach

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.

Nearest city

Braunton

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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

  • Mon 17/02 »
    Surf report for Mon 17/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 15ft 13s  °  ° 33mph
    12:00 12ft 13s  °  ° 26mph
    18:00 11ft 10s  °  ° 29mph
    Tide times
    Low 5:52am (2.63m)
    High 12:18pm (7.28m)
    Low 6:36pm (2.93m)
    Daylight
    First light06:52
    Sunrise07:26
    Sunset17:35
    Dark18:09
  • Tue 18/02 »
    Surf report for Tue 18/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 9ft 9s  °  ° 26mph
    12:00 10ft 9s  °  ° 27mph
    18:00 9ft 9s  °  ° 26mph
    Tide times
    High 1:03am (7.05m)
    Low 7:18am (2.93m)
    High 1:43pm (6.99m)
    Low 8:07pm (3.03m)
    Daylight
    First light06:50
    Sunrise07:24
    Sunset17:36
    Dark18:10
  • Wed 19/02 »
    Surf report for Wed 19/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 6ft 9s  °  ° 14mph
    12:00 5ft 9s  °  ° 19mph
    18:00 7ft 7s  °  ° 27mph
    Tide times
    High 2:30am (7.11m)
    Low 8:45am (2.80m)
    High 3:08pm (7.16m)
    Low 9:28pm (2.72m)
    Daylight
    First light06:48
    Sunrise07:22
    Sunset17:38
    Dark18:12
  • Thu 20/02 »
    Surf report for Thu 20/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 9ft 9s  °  ° 28mph
    12:00 11ft 11s  °  ° 32mph
    18:00 10ft 9s  °  ° 26mph
    Tide times
    High 3:44am (7.55m)
    Low 9:57am (2.38m)
    High 4:16pm (7.62m)
    Low 10:29pm (2.25m)
    Daylight
    First light06:47
    Sunrise07:20
    Sunset17:40
    Dark18:14
  • Fri 21/02 »
    Surf report for Fri 21/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 8ft 9s  °  ° 25mph
    12:00 11ft 9s  °  ° 34mph
    18:00 13ft 11s  °  ° 37mph
    Tide times
    High 4:41am (8.09m)
    Low 10:51am (1.92m)
    High 5:06pm (8.07m)
    Low 11:14pm (1.82m)
    Daylight
    First light06:45
    Sunrise07:18
    Sunset17:42
    Dark18:15
  • Sat 22/02 »
    Surf report for Sat 22/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 12ft 11s  °  ° 29mph
    12:00 9ft 10s  °  ° 26mph
    18:00 7ft 10s  °  ° 20mph
    Tide times
    High 5:26am (8.52m)
    Low 11:34am (1.55m)
    High 5:48pm (8.40m)
    Low 11:51pm (1.51m)
    Daylight
    First light06:43
    Sunrise07:16
    Sunset17:43
    Dark18:17

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