A Guide to Taking a Solo Holiday in Woolacombe

If you are single and planning a holiday in North Devon, there are some amazing hikes along this picturesque stretch of the coastline, and Woolacombe is the perfect place to base yourself. If you are planning to visit this part of the country between May and September, this is the high season, and finding suitable accommodation is very difficult, so make sure you book a country cottage online, which will be your holiday base.

Cottage Rentals

Searching online for locations like Woolacombe self-catering holiday cottage lets is the easiest way to secure the ideal retreat. Renting a small cottage gives you total freedom to come and go when you please, and with self-catering facilities, you can take a break from sampling the local cuisine and prepare a breakfast for yourself. Booking online also gives you the opportunity to grab a real bargain, especially if you book a few months in advance.

Amazing Hiking Trails

From Woolacombe, you can explore the coastline in either direction, and with an early beach walk, you can take in the fresh air, while you decide what to plan for the day ahead. Ilfracombe is only a few miles away, and there are some great pubs and inns where you can sample a ploughman’s lunch and listen to the locals telling stories of pirates and shipwrecks. There are literally hundreds of miles of stunning natural beauty to explore, and you are never far away from a quaint pub, should you wish to take a break and sample the local beer.

The South West Coast Path

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This is Britain’s longest Natural Trail, and just over 200 miles of this path stretches along the North Devon coastline, with levels ranging from easy to challenging. There is a link to a detailed description of the South West Coast Path that is full of information that will help you to select the best routes for exploring this amazing part of the country.


A picturesque harbour village, Ilfracombe is a great place to explore, and if you are planning a solo adventure, you are answerable to absolutely no one and can explore to your heart’s delight. If you are interested in marine life, you really should visit Ilfracombe Aquarium, which is home to more than 70 marine species.


A little further down the coast is the sleepy town of Croyde, where surfers gather to sample some of the best waves that North Devon has to offer. If you would like to try your hand at surfing, Croyde is the place to visit, where they have several surfing schools, where you can learn the basics and get out on a board.

Once you have booked a nice cosy cottage in Woolacombe, you have the perfect base from which to explore this scenic part of North Devon, but remember to book early, as this is a very popular area for foreign and domestic tourists alike.

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If you simply want to be alone and surrounded by natural beauty, this picturesque stretch of British coastline will not disappoint.








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