There are 16 beaches within easy reach of Longlands! Some are brilliant for long walks, some are dog friendly, some have great surf, others have great rock pools, and some are rather secret and difficult to find unless you have local knowledge!
Woolacombe / Middle Beach / Putsborough
We spend most of our beach time at Middle Beach, Woolacombe but we love Putsborough, when we can get to it, and Woolacombe itself, if we can avoid the crowds. On Middle Beach we can be sure of having a good amount of space to ourselves with three miles of sand to choose from! Middle Beach and Puttsborough are dog friendly. Only the very first section of Woolacombe beach is kept dog free.
We are not alone in our love of Woolacombe: it has been voted Best Beach in Britain for the past 2 years by TripAdvisor travellers.
Barricane / Combesgate / Grunta
Barricane is great for watching the sun set with one of Barricane Beach Cafes famous Sri Lankan curries – certainly one of the best curries I have ever had! Combesgate is next on from Barricane but is totally submerged at high tide. Beyond Combesgate is the tiny and very secret beach, Grunta. Great for paddling at low tide, and often deserted. A particularly good spot to cool off after a cliff walk around Morte Point.
Next, working north up the coast, is Rockham, one of our favourite secret beaches. Just park at North Morte Farm campsite and walk down. The steps that got washed away in the winter storms two years ago have finally been replaced! Dogs allowed
Lee is next around: fantastic for rock pooling if you go in the lower half of the tide. If you sneak through the gap in the rocks to the left of the beach you get to a second secret beach and there is more if you continue on. Just be careful to keep an eye on the tide so you don’t get stuck! Dogs allowed
Also good for rock pooling is Tunnels Beaches in Ilfracombe. You need to pay as it is privately owned but you do get to enjoy a delicious meal at the Cafe Blue Bar whilst the kids play on the pirate ship! No dogs allowed.
Combe Martin & Newberry
Combe Martin beach & Newberry beach are great for sea kayaking and rock pooling. Dogs are allowed on Newberry beach (to the left) but not Combe Martin.
Wild Pear Beach
Just around the corner is Wild Pear Beach, for those who wish to have an all over tan! For this reason we think it should be renamed Wild Pair!
The next bay along the coast is Heddon’s Mouth: a beautiful stream side walk ending in a fantastic rocky beach. Woody Bay is another great beach reached by a long, fairly steep and winding road, but well worth the effort if the tide is low and you have plenty of time. A great beach for a picnic & for dogs.
And then there is the other Lee Bay, below Lee Abbey. Sadly not one you can take dogs to but a beautiful beach that you can very often have just to yourself. It is a pebble rather than sandy beach.
Regarded as one of the best surfing beaches in the South West due to its consistently good break. It gets incredibly crowded in Summer and can take a while to reach it via the back lanes.
Another beach with miles of golden sands. For some it is worth the extra time in the car to reach it due to the beach café and easy loo & showering facilities. A great beach for kite surfing. Dog friendly, but take care not to allow kids and dogs to wander into the dunes as they will get lost in minutes!