Getting to know the area, or just needing a new idea?
We hope something here will catch your eye. We have kept it brief as we know you’ll search online for more details, opening times, locations and what’s on. Check out our website Blogs too at: The Gallery Lodges https://www.instagram.com/thegallerylodges/
Please note that with any equipment hire or outdoor sports activity you should always check the operator has the correct licence where they require one. Our ideas list is not an endorsement for the businesses.
Activities Around the North Devon Coast
Beaches and Beach Car Parking: Saunton Sands, Braunton Burrows, Crow Point (setting for Ann Cleeves crime novel and TV series), Croyde Bay, Putsborough, Woolacombe, Tunnels at Ilfracombe, Lee Bay, Northam Burrows and Westward Ho! Tide Times https://www.tideschart.com/United-Kingdom/England/Devon/Braunton/
Cycle Hire Waterside Bike Hire, has good reviews and hybrid bike options, based just outside Braunton at Chivenor. Otter Cycle Hire* this business is up for sale so we don’t currently know if they will offer bike hire in 2021 – 01271 813339 . Tarka Trail Cycle Hire based at Barnstaple railway station . Braunton Village centre has South Fork bike shop for repairs, parts and accessories.
Exmoor National Park: from Combe Martin to Lynton and Lynmouth, dark skies at night, nature and ancient oak woodlands
Surfing hire: Surfed Out at Braunton; Saunton Surf Hire, Saunton; Ralph’s at Croyde, Surfing Croyde Bay. Surf conditions: http://magicseaweed.com Your surf hire firm will also advise you on weather conditions and safety.
Quad bikes 4×4 and archery: Keypitts nr Ilfracombe
Rainy Day Trips and Indoor Places to Visit
Barnstaple Town: shopping, cafes, Scott Cinema, Heritage Centre, Museum, North Devon Theatre, Pannier Market, Leisure Centre with swimming, Pilates, squash.
Bideford Town: Pannier Market, shopping, cafes, quay, Burton Art Gallery & Museum
Instow: good places for coffee and eats including the very popular John’s of Instow delhi and cafe and The Boat House. Insotw has a yacht cub, and has a different atmosphere to Braunton and Croyde. Good for a drive out with a visit to Appledore too, or cycle there on the Tarka Trail.
Quince Honey Farm: bee-keeping demos, honey factory, sensory garden
Arlington Court: stately home, NT Arlington;
Hartland Abbey: house and grounds, Hartland Peninsular
Broomhill Art Gallery: small indoor gallery, outdoor sculpture park and restaurant
Dartington Crystal, crystal glass makers nr Torrington
Rock and Rapid: indoor climbing wall nr South Molton
Stay in and Watch: www.boatstories.co.uk for local tales from the sea
Barnstaple to Exeter: Tarka Line, shopping, Exeter cathedral, catacombs, food
Woody Bay Station: (Lynton-rail.co.uk) narrow-gauge restored railway
Lynton and Lynmouth: Cliff Railway and woodland walk.
Bicton Park: mini woodland railway, countryside museum and palm house
Exeter to Exmouth scenic railway
West Somerset Railway
Marwood Hill, nr Braunton
Arlington Court, nr Barnstaple
Broomhill Sculpture Gardens, nr Barnstaple
RHS Rosemoor, nr Torrington
Docton Mill, Hartland
Hartland Abbey, Hartland
Castle Hill, nr South Molton
Tapeley Park, nr Instow
Clovelly Court Gardens (and traditional fishing village), Clovelly between Bideford and Hartland
Ilfracombe Sea Safari – bristolchannelcharters.co.uk
Wildlife Cruises – Ilfracombeprincess.co.uk
Ilfracombe boat trips
Fishing Boat trips from Ilfracombe harbour – fishingilfracombe.com
Lundy Island on MS Olenburg from Bideford or Ilfracombe, English Heritage; Swimming with Seals, snorkelling and diving trips:
https://www.ilfracombeseasafari.co.uk/activities/swim-with-the-seals-at-lundy-island/book-now ; Landmark trust information on diving
Rib powerboat rides – Skern Lodge, Appledore
Appledore and Instow Ferry
Up the River Torridge – otter country; Summerlands Tackle, fishing River Torridge
Long Days Out with Driving
Dartmoor and Tavistock
Porlock, Porlock Weir and Dunster Castle
Bude and beaches
Simonsbath and the Lorna Doone Valley on Exmoor
Knightshayes NT garden and house nr Tiverton