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Drive from the M5 to barnstable on good fast A road then to Woolacombe. About 1hr 15min from the motorway overall. The beach is 3 miles long with town at Left hand end & lots of beach parking.
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
DirectionRight and left
BottomSandy with rock
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast
Good wind directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movementRising tide
Week crowdFew surfers
Drive down to the esplanade carpark and walk 50 metres into the water. cafe on the beach is good and cheap. 3surf shops in town do everything inc rental of suits / boards and surf school. Eat at the Red Barn in the evening, huge portions, great food, cheap and lost of surfers and surfing decor too. Life guards patrol from 2 4X4 in high season
There is a woolacombe longboarders club for thw older dudes like me. Special access off the rocks near the benches on the headland, only accessable at high tide and best left to the locals as there are plenty of rocks under water. Otherwise plenty of other peaks, best are at the town end and the other opposite the tiny river mouth.
Can get very crowded in the summer, but life guards do their job well and keep the swimmers etc out of the big surf areas. 3miles of beach so if its getting full just walk a little. The whole bay holds waves in a 2-3 foot swell. Surfable at 1-2feet swell but short rides. Atmosphere is very good all year round.
Ideal for beginners. good for intermediates on a 2-3 foot day. great atmosphere. lots of surf culture.
By Anonymous , 14-10-2009
Croyde vrs Chopes - The other day down at croyde, a few puffs on my pipe and I was pulling into some epic Chopes...cracking stuff.
By Anonymous , 01-12-2007
my crack habbit - can't help it. makes me think im surfing pipe everyday. now you can't blame me for that..?
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