The Beach Guide

Woody Bay

Woody Bay - Devon

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Woody Bay, on the rugged Exmoor Coast, certainly lives up to its name. The rocky cove is backed by steep, heavily wooded cliffs.

The walk down to the beach is as much of a delight as the cove itself; the path zig-zags through the woods, passing some amusing signage on the way.

Around a hundred years ago Woody Bay was earmarked for development as a holiday resort to rival neighbouring Lynton and Lynmouth. The owner built a pier to allow ferries to dock and a golf course to attract wealthy visitors. However, things went into reverse when the pier was damaged by storms and the owner ran out of money, eventually ending up dying in prison.
Today, all that remains of the Woody Bay empire is the hotel, and of course the lovely sylvanian cove.

Type of beach

Shingle & rock

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

No dog restrictions.

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Nearest town



EX31 4QX

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SS 6803 4893

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Woody Bay Reviews

Lovely pool

Oct 01st 2019

Great pool, great waterfall,  access is difficult,  steap zig zag path and very slippery last bit

Jul 01st 2019

Amazing, secret beach. Hard to get to but worth the hike.

What did we get wrong?