North Devon is a great setting for anyone looking to take part in an outdoor activity with several offered within the local area and suitable for all ages and levels of experience. So, whether you are looking to walk the coast path, cycle the country lanes or learn how to surf, North Devon is the place to stay.
Find out more about local activities below.
North Devon’s beaches are well known for their surfing with lessons available at Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton for all ages and levels of experience. Sea kayaking and paddle boarding are also popular sports at these beaches. From Watermouth Cove near Combe Martin other more extreme water sports can be experienced, such as riding a jet boat or a jet ski. For those looking for something a little more relaxed, fishing can also be enjoyed in many of the harbour towns.
From Braunton cyclists can take advantage of the Tarka Trail, a largely traffic free, tarmacked pathway that goes all the way to Meeth on the edge of Dartmoor. This purpose-built pathway uses the old train line meaning it is mainly level and therefore suitable for less experienced cyclists and young children. Bikes can also be hired in Braunton. Along the route cyclists can take in the views of the Taw and Torridge estuary and stop off at one of the many cafés, including the one at Fremington Quay, which is a firm favourite among visitors.
North Devon and Exmoor National Park are a haven for walkers with so many pathways to explore. Climb to the top of some of the highest cliffs in the UK at Combe Martin or wander the rugged landscape of Exmoor and see some of the local wildlife. Other notable walks include the one to Heddon’s Mouth or Morte Point. One of the best ways to see the coastline is by taking advantage of the South West Coast Path, which can be accessed in Braunton; this well maintained, and signposted pathway has something to offer all its visitors and enjoys some spectacular views.
An alternative way to see some of the North Devon countryside is by enjoying a spot of horse riding. Many of the local stables, such as Dean Riding Stables, Woolacombe Riding Stables and Roylands Riding Stables offer treks for all levels of experience and have a great range of horses for visitors. Rides on offer normal include those through the countryside, or along coastal paths. For the more experienced rider, beach rides are available.