Barricane Beach is a unique beach, known by many as ‘The Shell Beach’.
Situated between Woolacombe and Mortehoe, this secluded cove is an area of special scientific interest due to its geological features. The best known of these features is the Gulf Stream that carries shells from the Caribbean to its shores, this is something that is not found anywhere else in the country, this along with its exposure to the Atlantic winds and waves, bringing with them an abundance of marine life following stormy weather make Barricane Beach a very beautiful and interesting beach to visit.
If you are visiting the beach in the summer months, the Barricane Café is famed for its homemade Sri-Lankan curries, and is well worth a visit, take a picnic rug and a bottle of wine, to enjoy the sun setting on this beautiful beach.
The walk to Barricane Beach also hides some very interesting Bronze Age history. In September 1938, a burial pit became exposed in the cliff face south of the Beach. In the pit was a heap of mixed black ash, charcoal and calcined human bone. Two burnt sea-shells and some larger pieces of bones. Barricane Burial