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Woolacombe

Woolacombe beach - North Devon Woolacombe beach

Woolacombe in North Devon is a favourite for spot for surfers and beach lovers. The resort has three miles of golden sand and has won a number of awards for cleanliness and facilities. These include Blue Flag, Best Family Resort and Best British Beach. The town sits between the dramatic headlands of Baggy Point and Morte Point in a steep valley. Much of the moorland around is National Trust property and there is some superb coastal scenery and wonderful panoramic views from the headlands.

Until the early 19th century, Woolacombe was little more than a fishing hamlet. Sea bathing had become popular, so the local landowning families decided to create a new resort and began building the elegant Regency accommodation which still survives today.

Morte Point is worth the climb as there are glorious views and the rambler is not confined to footpaths. It is possible to wander as far as the Bull Point Lighthouse. The nearby village of Mortehoe is of interest as some of it dates back to Norman times. The church there is worth a visit.

For those demanding more in the way of nightlife, Ilfracombe is not far away. In fact, there are numerous small resorts and lovely beaches within easy reach of Woolacombe.