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The sweeping sands of Woolacombe, Putsborough, Croyde and Saunton rank among the finest beaches in Europe. Fringed by cliffs and sand dunes, and studded with rock pools, these golden beaches offer a range of activities, from bucket and spade fun to surfing and water-sports.

Boat trips

A variety of boat trips are available from Ilfracombe, Lynmouth, Bideford and Clovelly. Highlights include excursions to the beautiful National Trust island of Lundy, home to a fascinating array of wildlife; and paddle-steamer trips along the coastline.


Want a break from beaching? Try the Milky Way Adventure Theme park near Clovelly, with its all weather mix of rides, education and live shows. Or what about Watermouth Castle, with its historical collections, dungeon novelity pleasure gardens and entertainment for all ages? Fore more children friendly ideas see:


The RHS garden Rosemoor on the outskirts of Great Torrington is a must see for the horticultural enthusiasts. Other notable gardens include Dr Smart’s gorgeous creation at Marwood Hill, and on the outstanding plant collection at Knighthayes Court near Tiverton.


Sea fishing, game fishing and coarse fishing available locally. For more information, visit:


There are nine golf courses in North Devon, ranging from beginners level to professional. Highly recommended facilities include Ilfracombe’s stunning cliff side course overlooking the Bristol Channel; the Royal North Devon at Westward Ho!, which claims to be the oldest links course in England and the two courses, one championship, at Saunton Sands.

Historical Houses

The National Trust’s Arlington Court, an intriguing Regency mansion near Barnstaple, is worth a visit, not least for its impressive collection of horse-drawn vehicles. Tapeley Park near Instow is notable for it’s terraced, semi-tropical gardens.


Horses are part of the DNA of Exmoor. The range of equine options are varied: trek over the high moors, hack over the high moors, hack along quiet country bridle paths, ride through the surf on Atlantic beaches or take a horse- and- cart picnic ride over Exmoor.


The Exmoor National Park, with its spectacular coastline, inspirational landscapes and picturesque villages, is ideal walking country. Wild tracks of heather- swathed moorland contrast with wooded valleys and crystalline trout streams. Where the moor meets the sea, majestic cliffs and rocky coves provide the backdrop for exceptional coastal walks. Guided Exmoor ranger walks are also available.

Water sports

North Devon’s surfing culture, centered on Croyde and Sauntan Sands, is legendary. Waterskiing , canoeing