Woolacombe and Mortehoe
PUBLISHED: 14:35 20 April 2010 | UPDATED: 11:18 28 April 2010
Woolacombe is many miles away from the hustle and bustle of modern-day living. Its beautifully kept, three-mile stretch of golden sand has won both the Blue Flag and Premier Seaside Beach awards. Its pedigree as a Blue Flag Beach has been confirmed again this year.
Woolacombe has wonderful sea and surf and you will soon realise why this is one of North Devons most popular holiday haunts. The village has grown substantially since it was discovered by holidaymakers and can now offer a good range of shops, hotels, restaurants and other essential facilities. Dont forget to visit the open air market every Monday at Lee Crossroads between Woolacombe and Ilfracombe.
If you havent yet found anywhere to stay, then one of the best holiday parks in North Devon is Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks. It is on the Golden Coast of North Devon, located in an officially designated area of tranquillity, close to miles of sandy beaches and surrounded by breath-taking countryside.
There are four parks to choose from and an excellent range of accommodation, and they boast superb camping and touring facilities. Ten heated swimming pools, waterslides, 10-pin bowling, a health suite, entertainment, bars, restaurants, golf, tennis, a kids club and crche are just some of the facilities on offer to ensure you have a fantastic stay.
The next door village to Woolacombe is Mortehoe. This ancient place is listed in the Domesday Book and takes its name from Morte Stone, the dangerous rocks just off Morte Point. Grunta Beach at Mortehoe was so named after a ship carrying a cargo of pigs ran aground and all the pigs ran ashore grunting! You can see many old photographs in The Ship Aground, a popular watering hole for walkers and hikers exploring the coastal path.
Or, if you would like to know more about the history of the 13th century church, pick up an information sheet or call at either the Woolacombe TIC, or the Mortehoe Heritage Centre.