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.
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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 light 06:52 Sunrise 07:26 Sunset 17:35 Dark 18:09
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 light 06:50 Sunrise 07:24 Sunset 17:36 Dark 18:10
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 light 06:48 Sunrise 07:22 Sunset 17:38 Dark 18:12
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 light 06:47 Sunrise 07:20 Sunset 17:40 Dark 18:14
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 light 06:45 Sunrise 07:18 Sunset 17:42 Dark 18:15
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 light 06:43 Sunrise 07:16 Sunset 17:43 Dark 18:17