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Woolacombe is a seaside resort in North Devon, facing the Atlantic Ocean and the western limit of the Bristol Channel and part of the North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
With a small population residing all year, the resort comes alive during warmer months with thousands of staycations and holidaymakers visiting this 3 mile stretch of sandy beaches, particularly renowned for the best UK kite, wind and water board surfing.
Woolacombe beach is gorgeous and gently sloping, with sandy dunes flanking the upper shore. To the east is Barricane Beach and to the west Putsborough Beach, both outstanding.
There’s room for dogs, but with restrictions differing between the areas of the beaches starting from Easter time. You’ll find notices informing you and you can visit our North Devon page which provides a list of the North Devon dog-friendly beaches with any restrictive dates. It’s wise to double check these dates before making a special journey as restrictions do fall outside of the normal UK dates being 1st May to 31st September at Visit Devon.
Further north is the smaller cove of Coombe Martin, very popular with family’s during school holidays, where the bay is sheltered, mostly shingle and where’s there’s plenty of rock pools to explore. The bay has some of the highest cliffs in England surrounding it and those can be approached by steps. It has normal summer dog-friendly beach restrictions, 1st May to 31st September where dogs cannot be taken onto the beach.
The RNLI operate a lifeguard presence during the busy summer months at Woolacombe beach as well as lifeboats based nearby at Ilfracombe and Appledore. Remind yourself of their beach safety advice before visiting.
Several veterinary practices are available in case of pet emergencies close by and also at Barnstaple.
If your staying in the area, then Sykes Holidays holiday cottages rental lets offer a number of holiday lets in a variety of differing dog-friendly properties with a selection near to the beaches but these do get booked very quickly.
Before you travel you may like to use our useful checklists, guides and tips available especially for first time pet owners.
Biggest doggie tips are to remember to take lots of fresh water and a collapsible bowl for your thirsty dog and old towels to clean off the sand before going home! Don’t forget to take your rubbish home with you when you leave. A short and long lead is useful with a muzzle if you prefer to use one when beaches are packed during the summer months.
Prices and information correct at time of writing. Images courtesy Visit Devon
Best North Devon Dog-Friendly beaches
- Read more about North Devon beaches
- Clovelly – Hartland Quay
- Croyde Beach – Saunton Sands – Westward Ho!
- Coombe Martin – Barricane Beach – Woolacombe – Putsborough Beach
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