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Woolacombe, England


Woolacombe is situated on the coast in North Devon which is on the North Coast of the South-West of England. It has a 2 mile stretch of golden sand with headlands at each end leading round to similar beaches, both of which are smaller (Croyde and Combes Gate beaches).

The beach itself faces West and as it has a headland at the Northern end is quite protected from certain winds (this stretch is known as Main Beach). We then have a small stream which runs from inland right to the sea; this separates Main Beach from Middle Beach. The Southern end is usually more protected in storms and is called Putsborough. It is usually used when Main Beach is blown out or too big to hold a wave!

Woolacombe is a beach break so the waves have not got a set structure or peak until the waves get over 6 foot. Then they start to use the Northern headland and its rock layout to send Rights pealing towards the middle of the beach. If a storm has created some good banks (which tends to happen more in Engligh Winter; October - March) a similar effect occurs.

During summer Local, National and fun contests are held at Woolacombe as it provides good viewing for judges and spectators and is only 1-2 minutes by foot from a small village which has every facility you need:

  • Food; takeaway and eat in;
  • Souveneers;
  • Toilets (on beach too);
  • Public Houses;
  • Restaurants;
  • Hotels, Motels and Bed & Breakfasts;
  • Cash Machine
  • Four Surf Shops etc etc!!

The main village is based around a crossroads; it is beautiful and tranquil during Winter and a heaving mass of tourists in Summer. Woolacombe is a haven for anyone who enjoys peace and quiet, beautiful scenery and on the other scale, good waves, great pubs and a Wednesday to Saturday nightclub close by. The surrounding area from the main village is taken up by hotels, private homes, beach houses and summer lets so there is always somewhere to stay. A few of the hotels have gained Stars and Crowns from Business' to show their excellence. For example, the Sunnyside Hotel - a small hotel with seaviews and ensuite bathrooms throughout was recently awarded a "Three Crown Commended" as it was deemed to be a luxury stay at a good price.

The people around this village are all very friendly; happy to be living in such a peaceful part of England (that also has nearly 98% of the hot weather) and just enjoying the pace which Woolacombe encourages. It is a very seasonal place; you work hard for six months and then you ease off for six months and it really is that simple.

The water temperature varies considerably from Summer to Winter and a full steamer with boots and gloves is needed for those chilly swells. If you hit a good swell however, it is as good as all of Europe. Summertime lets for get into a shortie and occasionally boardies, but as with anywhere, Summer has less swell (more parties on the beach though).

So if you are ever in Europe or England it might be worth going to see this tranquil place and checking for yourself to see if it really is a little bit of paradise.

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