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Uneven ground. The furthest beach entrance (away from the town) is easier to access.
Level access to food outlet
Powered mobility vehicle available
A Tramper is available as part of the Countryside Mobility scheme from the Tourist Information Centre. It is best to book in advance. Telephone 01271 870553. There are three marked tramper routes - across the beach, across the dunes and up through Combesgate valley.
Main access to the area is the A361 (Barnstaple to Ilfracombe). Turn on to the B3231 at Braunton for Baggy Point or the B3343 at Mullacott Cross for Woolacombe and Mortehoe.
Parking: There is a National Trust carpark located on Woolacombe Down, What3Words location: slicer.talkative.tight. Please note: car parking in Woolacombe Village is not National Trust; parking charges apply. Plenty of parking in Woolacombe, although it does get busy in the summer months. Mostly pay all day car parks.
The South West Coast Path runs across this property from Croyde in the west to Ilfracombe in the east, passing through Woolacombe and Mortehoe.
Train station Barnstaple, about 13 miles.
Lots of buses serve this area from Barnstaple, Croyde, Ilfracombe and Lynmouth: service 308 (Barnstaple-Braunton-Croyde-Georgeham) to Baggy Point, 303 (Barnstaple-Woolacombe), 31 and 31a (Ilfracombe-Woolacombe) for Woolacombe and Mortehoe, 300 (Lynmouth-Ilfracombe) for Torrs Walk coast path.
National Cycle Network route 27 runs from Ilfracombe to Barnstaple above Woolacombe Bay, passing close to Mortehoe and Baggy Point. It is part of the 100 mile 'Devon Coast to Coast' cycle route which travels south across Dartmoor to Plymouth.
Award winning 3-mile sandy beach, recognised as one of the UK's best beaches.
Dunes stretch the length of the beach, They are home to an array of wildlife and red ruby cattle.
Porthole (not National Trust)
Small cabin serving hot drinks, ice creams and sandwiches, using local produce.
The Down can be found behind the Dunes, with panoramic views over they beach and village. A National Trust car park can be found here. (What3Words location: slicer.talkative.tight)
Town Farmhouse tea-rooms (not National Trust)
A small tea-room in the village of Mortehoe, serving homemade cakes and a range of refreshments.
From its ideal surfing conditions to its array of rock pools, Woolacombe remains one of North Devon’s best-loved beaches. Find out more about what you can see and do here.
All-terrain mobility scooters, called Trampers, allow you to enjoy a great day out at Woolacombe even if you have difficulty walking. Find out more about how to hire one.
Tp help plan your visit, take a look at the tide times for Woolacombe here.
There are plenty of cafes, bistros and restaurants in both Woolacombe and Morthoe to discover. Find out more here.
Ascend the Torrs at Ilfracombe on this exhilarating walking trail, where you'll follow a path carved into the cliff face by the Victorians.
This gentle circular wander takes you through the sand dunes and along the beach at Woolacombe, plus a stretch of the South West Coast Path.
Take in the dramatic views of Woolacombe beach and Baggy Point, and see if you can spot an Atlantic grey seal near the rocky outcrop of Morte Point on this fun trail.
Discover rocky headlands, secluded coves, sandy bays and a lighthouse. Look out for seals and take in the heathland and grasslands, which are great habitats for other wildlife.
Explore the seafront and natural valley at Woolacombe on this easy 3-mile circular walk that is also suitable for access Trampers. Escape the crowds and enjoy shady woodland and panoramic views across the bay for a very different experience of Woolacombe that the whole family will enjoy.
A walk up Potters Hill and beyond will reward you with stunning views across the bay towards Baggy Point and Morte Point. It's just a stone's throw from the beach, but you'll feel like a million miles away from the crowds.
In the tiny village of Morthoe, this cosy cottage has Woolacombe bay just round the corner.
With jaw-dropping sea views from nearly every window, this contemporary-style first-floor apartment is yards from a beautiful sandy beach.
A traditional Devonian cottage alongside the meandering River Yeo with an intriguing name…
Stretching from the rocky headland of Baggy Point at Croyde to the rugged heights of the Tors of Ilfracombe, explore the best of North Devons beautiful beaches and coastline.
Climb or coasteer on Baggy Points impressive cliffs. Swim and surf in the shadow of dramatic hills at the popular three mile stretch of Woolacombe Beach.
Scramble up the stegosaurus' back of Morte Point's wild headland and spot seals basking in small coves. Or take your pick of beautiful beaches to relax, unwind and play.
Wander along the South West Coast Path as you come across small coves, outcrops and jagged slate cliffs. Connect with the Victorian past as you enjoy the Torrs walk above Ilfracombe, created for the enjoyment of Victorian tourists many years ago.
The National Trust helps to care for and conserve the sand dunes of Woolacombe. Find out how we protect them plus tackle the unending problem of litter, particularly plastics.
Thanks to funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, Woolacombe has started improvements to help make the South West Coast Path a year-round experience. Find out about other nearby places that have benefitted.
Newly sown wildflower grassland will connect nature habitats in the North Devon countryside. The project will see grassland cover 1,275 hectares over pockets of land across 70 miles by 2030, from Torridge to west Exmoor.