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Set be­tween rugged, un­spoilt Baggy Point and Morte­hoe, this North Devon beauty spot is framed by the hills of Woola­combe Downs just West of Ex­moor Na­tional Park. Its best known fea­ture is the sandy beach, per­fectly po­si­tioned for surfers to catch a long-break­ing swell. Woola­combe vil­lage boasts a range of eclec­tic bou­tique, cafes, bars and eater­ies, as well as ameni­ties such as a chemist and gen­eral store. For a wider range of shops and fa­cil­i­ties, Barn­sta­ple is about 13 miles away.

Woola­combe is about 11 miles from the A39 At­lantic High­way. Barn­sta­ple has a rail­way sta­tion; the clos­est air­port is Ex­eter.

Schools: Woola­combe has a pri­mary school, rated “out­stand­ing” by Of­sted. The well re­garded in­de­pen­dent board­ing school West Buck­land is in this area.

Beach life thrives in this North Devon beauty spot. There is an RNLI life­guard on ser­vice from Easter-Oc­to­ber, and you can hire any equip­ment you want to try out, from a surf board to a surf ca­noe, and wet­suits to keep you warm. There are reg­u­lar surf­ing com­pe­ti­tions. When you want a change of scene, you’re in easy reach of Puts­bor­ough, Bar­ri­cane and Coombesgate Beach. Bar­ri­cane, or Shell Beach as it is known lo­cally, has a small beach cafe serv­ing home­made Sri-Lankan cur­ries. It’s very pop­u­lar, so get there early and bring a bot­tle.

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