World Surfing Reserve
The First Ever World Surfing Reserve in the UK
Woolacombe and Lynmouth are about 20-25 minutes drive from Combe Martin. Croyde and Saunton Sands are about a half hour drive away. They all have pay-and-display car parks.
On Friday, 12 May 2023, the first ever World Surfing Reserve in the United Kingdom was formally dedicated in North Devon. As only one of twelve World Surfing Reserves across the globe, the momentous occasion was celebrated on Woolacombe beachfront by hundreds of surfers, coastal experts, local community and environmental groups.
The Inauguration Ceremony formally sets in motion new and enthusiastic efforts to protect and preserve over 18 miles of coastline which encompasses outstanding UK surfing destinations, including iconic breaks such as Croyde, Saunton, Woolacombe and Lynmouth among others.
A stunning new sculpture and plaque was unveiled on the esplanade headland at Woolacombe directly in front of the surf, local school children created dynamic beach art and visitors from Santa Cruz and Ericeira (Portugal) World Surfing Reserves met with the local surf community to share their experiences.