Without getting in the car, you can enjoy a wealth of activities in and around Woolacombe such as walking the South West Coast Path to neighbouring villages, cycling the countryside lanes, horse riding on the beach and surfing some of the best waves in the country. Find more information on local activities below.
There is an array of water sports available in North Devon from surfing at some of the best beaches in the UK to kayaking down countryside rivers. You can also go coasteering, jet skiing and stand up paddle boarding. Many beaches offer lessons and equipment hire and there are also companies that specialise in group activities making sure you and your friends or family are safe.
Whilst experienced horse riders can experience the exhilarating thrill of galloping along a sandy beach, others with less experience can enjoy coastal or countryside treks along pretty bridleways. Many of the local stable yards, including the one in Woolacombe cater for all ages and abilities and will have equipment available onsite.
Just a few miles from Woolacombe is Saunton Sands Golf Course, a championship course with some spectacular sea views. If you are an experienced golfer this course is definitely one to check off the list. Alternative courses can be found at Ilfracombe and Barnstaple and are suitable for all abilities.
Winding its way along the North Devon coastline through pretty seaside villages and along dramatic headlands is the South West Coast Path. The well signposted pathway goes through Woolacombe and is easy to pick up as you head west towards Crow Point or east to Morte Point. The South West Coast Path is one of the best ways to see this beautiful coastline that enjoys some of the most breathtaking sea views and is home to a vast array of wildlife. Other walks are also easily accessed locally including those through the Fuschia Valley and over Exmoor. For a more leisurely walk with the children head to Wistland Pound Reservoir, which has a lovely circular route ideal for smaller legs, it is also great for dogs.
North Devon is a great area for all cyclists no matter what their age or ability. For those looking for a safe and friendly route head to Braunton and enjoy the delights of the Tarka Trail, a largely traffic free tarmacked pathway that goes along the Taw Estuary towards Barnstaple before heading off to Bideford. The pathway is great for children as it is mainly level and nice and wide. More experienced cyclists will love the local countryside lanes around Woolacombe that includes some good hills, Exmoor National Park is also a great place to ride a bike with plenty of wildlife to spot along the way.