Activities Guide – Getting to know the area or just needing a new idea? Full List of Ideas with Links

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: Saunton Sands, Croyde Bay, Crow Point, Putsborough, Woolacombe, Tunnels at Ilfracombe, Lee Bay, Northam Burrows and Westward Ho! Tide Times http://tidetimes.org.uk

Coasteering: Woolacombe Surf Centre; Rock and Rapids; Skern Lodge; Xtreme coasteering; Croyde Surf Academy; Surfing Croyde Bay

Coast Path Walks: Highlights include Baggy Point to Putsborough, MorteHoe to Bull Point, Ilfracombe to Lee Bay, Valley of the Rocks nr Lynton, on the South West Coast Path.

Cycling: Tarka Trail from Braunton to Instow and beyond; Route 27 to Georgeham, Woolacombe or Ilfracombe; Crow Point and Braunton. Otter Cycle Hire . Tarka Cycle Hire.

Dunes: Braunton Burrows for walking, habitat for rare plants, remote beach access. Braunton Countryside Centre for walks, talks and nature.

Exmoor National Park: from Combe Martin to Lynton and Lynmouth, dark skies at night, nature and ancient oak woodlands

Harbours and fishing quays: Ilfracombe, Bideford Quay, Appledore Quay, Instow Sailing Club, Lynton and Lynmouth, Clovelly, Crow Point with Vellator in Braunton, Bucks Mill.

Kayak hire: Surfside, Combe Martin; Outdoor Shop, Combe Martin; Watermouth Cove, Combe Martin; Woolacombe Surf Centre; Ultimate Adventure Centre, Bideford (also high ropes and mountain boarding).

Lighthouses: Foreland Point, Bull Point, Hartland

Park run: Woolacombe Dunes, Barnstaple Rock Park Run

Surfing hire: Surfed Out at Braunton; Saunton Surf Hire, Saunton; Ralph’s at Croyde, Surfing Croyde Bay. Surf conditions: http://magicseaweed.com

Surf & SUP lessons: Croyde Surf Academy, Surf South West, Surfing Croyde Bay

Woodland Walks: Chapel Woods, Knowle; Brownsham, Hartland; Heddons Mouth, Exmoor.

Quad bikes  4×4 and archery: Keypitts nr Ilfracombe

Rainy Day Trips and Indoor Places to Visit

Braunton Village: Museum of British Surfing, Braunton Museum, Countryside Centre, shops and cafes, Paint-a-Pot, Hands On Treatment Centre, with flotation tank, massages, Bowen and more.

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

Appledore: art galleries, fishing village, annual art festival and book festivals, maritime museum, lifeboat, www.appledore.org

Instow: good places for coffee and eats

Quince Honey Farm: bee-keeping demos, honey factory, sensory garden

Ilfracombe: North Devon Theatre, Embassy Cinema, Chambercombe Manor – haunted, Lifeboat station and harbour, small aquarium and museum

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

Train Journeys

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

Gardens   

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

Boat Trips

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 of Lundy Island Diving  and snorkelling;  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

Golf Courses
Saunton Golf Club
Ilfracombe Golf Club
Mortehoe and Woolacombe 9 hole
Portmore Nr Barnstaple
Royal North Devon nr Westward Ho!

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

Luxury Lodges at Braunton near Saunton Sands