Important notice -

Mortehoe's Rockham Beach inaccessible: due to a rockfall underneath the beach access steps, they are currently unstable and so will be closed until further notice. We are waiting for an assessment and will keep you updated. Thank you.

Spectacular coastline of cliff, coves, beaches, dunes and headlands

Exploring the area

Getting active

Upcoming events

Rockpool Rambles

Sat 19 Oct 2019
Can you tell your seahares from your starfish? Join our Rangers to explore the wonderful rockpools of Combesgate Beach, near Woolacombe.

Family Volunteering Bash and Burn

Thu 24 Oct 2019
A fun family day with a sense of a job well done. Get out in the fresh air and help the Rangers cut and burn gorse bushes on Woolacombe Down.

Events nearby


Our work

NT Landrover on beach

Find out how we're maintaining this beautiful stretch of coast 

Discover more about our work at Woolacombe, Mortehoe and Ilfracombe.


Active North Devon, with Combe Coastal  

The National Trust have teamed up with Combe Coastal to help everyone to enjoy North Devon

Woolacombe sand dunes cows

Cows in Woolacombe dunes 

We've successfully introduced a trial of innovative invisible fencing technique, along with ten North Devon Red cattle, to help improve our plant and wildlife species in the sand dunes at Woolacombe beach.

Beach Ranger Rosie with Landrover at Woolacombe

Meet the Woolacombe beach rangers 

Every summer at Woolacombe our rangers are joined by beach rangers who run Rockpool Rambles, ranger-led walks and get out and about meeting the public. This year's beach rangers tell us what they get up to day to day and a bit more about themselves.

Family at Woolacombe beach

Keeping our coastline clean 

Litter has always been a big problem in the coast and countryside - find out more about how we are tackling this problem in North Devon, and ways that you can get involved.

National Trust sign showing oak leaf

Public notices in Woolacombe and Mortehoe 

Following The Charity Commission’s Direction the National Trust (in common with all charities) must give public notice of disposals of leases and easements of inalienable land held for charitable purposes for a term of more than 35 years.


Places to stay


Get involved

Volunteer and ranger tree work North Devon

Volunteer with us in North Devon 

We're always looking for volunteers to help us with the work we do in North Devon. If you'd like to try something new, get outdoors, learn new skills and lend a hand to a great cause, then volunteering could be for you.



Surfer at Woolacombe, Devon

Surfing in North Devon: a history 

Surfing has a strong history in North Devon, from 'coffin lid' boards of the early 1900s to American GIs surfing at Woolacombe during training - Kevin Cooke from the Museum of British Surfing in Braunton explains the rise of North Devon's most popular sport.