Barricane Beach, Woolacombe, Devon
Barricane Beach is a secluded little spot, tucked away in between the cliffs just a short walk from the main beach at Woolacombe on the North Devon coast. Once upon a time it was a ‘secret’ cove that locals kept to themselves but as with all things, it’s not so secret anymore and can get busy in the summer. But still, it's a lovely place to be.
Families come here to play on the sand at low tide and to spuddle in the rockpools, surfers come to catch the waves and it’s good for swimming. At low tide you’ll see people contentedly collecting sea glass and the tiny exotic shells that according to legend, have been carried thousands of miles across the Atlantic ocean from some distant Caribbean island to these very shores. In the summer there’s a very upbeat vibe here when the Barricane Beach Cafe is open, serving baguettes and cakes during the day and the tastiest Sri Lankan curries in the evening – take a bottle of wine to wash it down with as you watch the sunset.
Dogs are allowed on the beach all year, though must be kept on a lead from May to September. One thing to be aware of is that Barricane is unaccessible at high tide when the sea comes in and turns the beach into a natural saltwater pool.
All information correct at the time of writing