Woolacombe and Mortehoe

A collection of pictures from around Woolacombe and Mortehoe, this is the location where I go to take pictures the majority of the time and the area I know best.  

One of the amazing wonders about this location is that the sun sets to the left of Lundy Island when viewed from Woolacombe during the Autumn\Winter months (after Autumn equinox) and to the right during the Spring\Summer months (after the Spring equinox).  

Onto the Beach - Woolacombe
Onto the Beach - Woolacombe

September 2020 - An image that is familiar to everyone who knows Woolacombe. Taken during period of stunning sunny days in mid September. I was just walking past the entry to the beach and saw the beginnings of the golden hour and the sun catching the edges of the buildings beautifully.

White Gold - Woolacombe Beach Huts
White Gold - Woolacombe Beach Huts

June 2020 - A picture that was partly possible through the circumstances this year. It was taken just after a period of lockdown had ended and the beach huts had been put in place The ropes to prevent clambering up the dunes behind the huts were not in place, so I took the opportunity to get a unique view showing the white rear-ends of the huts a with beautiful sunset casting a golden light onto the beach.

Golden Lockdown Stripes at Woolacombe
Golden Lockdown Stripes at Woolacombe

June 2020 - This picture was taken towards the end of the 1st lockdown period when there were few people about to disturb the sand and dunes grass. Ollie (my dog) was just out of shot and under strict instructions not to step anywhere near the amazing striped wind patterns that I was about to take pictures of. I love the image of peering though the dune grass at the tranquil golden light.

View to Putsborough and Baggy Point from
View to Putsborough and Baggy Point from

August 2020 - Taken during a circular walk from Woolacombe on cloudy day where the sun was occasionally poking out from the clouds. This was the scene at midday from a gate familiar to those who have walked this path. Looking down towards Putsborough and Baggy Point beyond. At this point the sun was out and shining onto the beach, sea and landscape creating these beautiful greens, blues and golds. So when you look at this picture, imagine you’re walking this stunning path :-)

Putsborough Sunset
Putsborough Sunset

March 2020 - Following storms over the winter, a lot of rocks along the whole beach had been uncovered and the dunes had also been battered destroying a lot of sea facing dune grass. This picture was taken from the dunes and at the bottom is a makeshift sand path heading over the rocks and leading onto the beach. The sunset here was beautifully lighting up the clouds + sand, grasses and rocks below.

Rainbow Landing on Golden Sands
Rainbow Landing on Golden Sands

March 2020 - One of those days when one moment the sun was out and the next it was raining. Returning from a muddy dog walk to the end of Baggy Point, I looked across the bay to see part of a rainbow forming. There wasn’t a complete rainbow out of picture. This has everything I love, the lines of waves, a bit of Morte Point, Woolacombe village and the end of the rainbow landing near the golden sands.

Sunset Over Lee from Mill House
Sunset Over Lee from Mill House

May 2020 - Taken during a long lockdown walk from Ilfracombe, I was actually heading to Bennett’s Mouth further along the coast. As I got to Lee, I waited and watched as the sun crept around the rocks on the far side of the bay. As it was broken when it fell between the rocks it made the beautiful star. I also loved how the sea and sky were complimented by the old block-work of Lee’s landmark, Mill House.

Beach Huts with Baggy Point - Pano
Beach Huts with Baggy Point - Pano

September 2018 - The beach huts at Woolacombe always make a colourful picture between May and September. Added to the sunset, it makes a gorgeous image. This is two pictures made into a panoramic to fit both the sun and the beach huts together. I love how the golden light of the sun can be seen on the white of the beach huts. All huts have ladies names and the first red one on the left is Elizabeth :-)

Snowy Springtime in Woolacombe
Snowy Springtime in Woolacombe

March 2018 - Snow in Woolacombe is pretty rare, but in 2018 there were several heavy falls thanks to ‘the beast from the east’. This picture was taken from the top of Potters Hill where there were great views over the whole of the village covered in the white stuff. It was a grey day, the sun never actually put in an appearance, but it is possible to make out most of Woolacombe’s wonderful landmarks.

Golden Sunset over Woolacombe
Golden Sunset over Woolacombe

July 2016 -The colour of the sunsets in Woolacombe seems to vary depending on conditions. On this occasion it was overcast until the very end of the day when the sun just dipped below the clouds and cast a beautiful golden light. The light complemened the golden sands and the dune grass perfectly. Also in the picture is Mill Rock and the Lifesavers Hut which is setup during the summer months.

Spring Gorse over Rockham Beach
Spring Gorse over Rockham Beach

April 2017 -The Gorse in springtime is a wonderful coastal feature in this area. Its yellow flowers can be extremely bright and when concentrated in one location can look really striking. Here is a beautiful example above Rockham beach. A glimpse of the beach can be seen in the middle of the picture. The coast path can also be seen winding its way over the rocks and towards Morte Point in the distance.

Sunset over Morte Point
Sunset over Morte Point

April 2017 -During the summer months, the sun sets over the tip of Morte Point when viewed from the Woolacombe direction. One of its many paths can be seen leading down towards a gate and the sheep in the distance. The yellow of the Gorse beautifully compliments the setting sun next to the Island of Lundy and the path leads you invitingly towards the orange glow.