From Bristol Temple Meads train to Exeter St Davids, train to Barnstaple, then taxi to Woolacombe. 3 h 18 min £118. From Bristol bus to Barnstaple, Bus Station then line 303 bus to Woolacombe, Sands. 4 h 43 min £16. From Bristol drive to Woolacombe. 2 h 7 min £21.