Salt water

A Guide to Shore Angling on the North Devon Coast £2.99, available from most tackle shops and Tourist Information Centres.
Shore Fishing Trips with Joel "Bassman" Soul based at Woolacombe, bait and tackle supplied, tuition available, tel: 01271 871132 (mobile: 07866 505083).
Sea Fishing Trips from...
Clovelly Independent Charters, tel: 01237 431374,
Appledore contact The Sea Chest on 01237 476191.
Ilfracombe Osprey Charters, tel: 07970 101407, or contact Variety Sports Shop on 01271 862039 for details of other boats/tackle.
Lynmouth, according to tide and weather, for Mackerel, Pollack, Bass, Rays, Conger, Shark, etc.


SWW reservoirs, especially near Bideford, Torrington and Ifracombe.
Riverton Lakes, Swimbridge, Barnstaple, Devon. Tel No: (01271) 830009
2 competition coarse fishing lakes including carp to 25lbs, tench, roach, rudd, bream, dace and perch.
Opening Times: All year, daily, dawn to dusk.
Admission Charges: Anglers: Adult: £5.00 Child: £3.00; Visitors £1.00 or 50p
Dogs admitted: Yes - must be on lead, 50p fee.

Still water trout

SWW reservoirs, especially Wistland Pound (9 miles north-east of Barnstaple) and Wimbleball, 575 acres lake, bank or boat angling (Exmoor, near Bampton). Licence required.
Blakewell Fisheries: trout lake 2 miles north of Barnstaple, off B3230.

River game

Salmon and sea trout runs on rivers Taw, Torridge, Mole and East Lyn.
Licences available from tackle shops and some tourist information centres.
For a day or night out fly fishing on local rivers for Salmon and Sea Trout, with fully experienced guide (equipment supplied), contact: Tim Stoop at Silver Stream UK, tel: 01271 860450 - dinner, bed and breakfast also available. See:

Bird Watching


RSPB Reserve "Isley Marsh" at OS grid ref: SS 490 327 - saltmarsh and intertidal mudflats.
Crow Point, particularly at OS grid ref: SS 470 330 on an ebbing tide.


Hartland Quay at OS grid ref: SS 223 249.
Baggy Point (NT) at OS grid ref: SS 420 406 and SS 440 408.
Heddons Mouth (NT) at OS grid ref: SS 656 491
Valley of Rocks at OS grid ref: SS 706 498.
Countisbury (NT) at OS grid ref: SS 742 496 and SS 755 510.


Braunton Marsh at OS grid ref: SS 474 354.
RSPB Reserve "Chapel Wood" members only, by appointment with warden.
Exmoor Birds Guide available from Barnstaple Tourist Information Centre, £1.00, not by post.

Canoeing and Kayaking

Exmoor National Park

Canoeing in the Rivers Barle and Lyn and on the 575 acre Wimbleball Reservoir. See Active Exmoor for comprehensive information.
British Canoe Union approved centre, situated on the edge of Appledore near Bideford, Skern Lodge offers kayaking days, half days, weeks and weekends for adults and children. Either stay at the centre or go on a daily basis, join others, organise your own group (large or small) or go as an individual. Tel: 01237 475992.


H2Outdoor for kayaking and other coastal adventure sports, from £20 per person. Birthday, Hen or Stag parties catered for in this and many other coastal adventure sports.



Popular coastal climbing venues for visiting clubs include: Baggy Point (NT) OS grid ref: SS 420 406 and Hartland Quay SS 223 244 for further information contact: North Devon Climbing Club.


Rock & Rapid Adventure Centre Hacche Mill, South Molton, Devon, EX36 3NA. Extensive climbing walls and a quality bouldering cave.

High Ropes

Ultimate Adventure Centre, Abbotsham Road, Bideford, EX39 5AP. OS grid ref: SS 428 266. Off the approach road to the Big Sheep. Tel: 01237 880028. Outdoor climbing wall, high ropes, low ropes, Jacob's Ladder, Leap of Faith and zip wire.


North Devon Coast

Ultimate Adventure Centre Adrenaline packed coasteering with progressive jumps, sea caves and turbulent swims that guarantee to set your heart racing. Experience the impact zone, the high energy environment where water and waves collide with rocks and gullies. Adults and children aged 8 or over, all participants must be able to swim at least 10 metres. From only £30.00 per person, including wetsuits, buoyancy aids, helmets and full safety equipment. Tel: 01237 880028.
Extreme Coasteering A fully qualified team, with over 8 years experience, will take you along an adventurous coastal route where you will climb, scramble, traverse, swim, go through caves and crevasses, get washed around in the swell, jump and freefall your way to an adrenaline pumping time! From only £27.50 per person, including wetsuits, buoyancy aids, helmets and full safety equipment. Tel: 07816 169011.

Combat Experience


Battlefield Live, The Big Sheep, Abbotsham, Nr Bideford, EX39 5AP. The most realistic simulation, short of joining the military. Tel: 01237 424444.


Survival Paintball, Southdown Woods, Yarnscombe, Nr Barnstaple, EX31 3LZ. State-of-the-art equipment, 20 acres of woodland. Tel: 01271 858279.



Tarka Trail Cycle Path: unbroken 34 mile long cycle trail (level for 18 miles). Suitable for all types of cycles - surface is tarmac or asphalt throughout. Hire bikes from Braunton, Barnstaple, Fremington, Bideford, Great Torrington. Pick up free leaflets from a Tourist Information Centre on arrival or download: Tarka Trail Cycle Map
Exmoor National Park: 80% of paths on Exmoor are classified as bridle paths, this means that they can be used by horse and mountain-bike riders as well as walkers; consider purchasing Ordnance Survey Outdoor Leisure Map 9 "Exmoor" (2.5 in to 1 mile) for £7.99 from a local Tourist Information Centre.


Exmoor National Park: The 60 mile circular Exmoor Cycle Route passes through Lynmouth, Simonsbath, Exford, Wheddon Cross, Elworthy, Washford, Dunster, Minehead and Porlock. Pick up a free leaflet from a Tourist Information Centre on arrival or download: Exmoor Cycle Route


North Devon coast and Lundy

Ilfracombe Sub-Aqua Club , Ropery Road, Ilfracombe.


North Devon and Exmoor

North Devon Falconry - tel 01271 858760.
North Devon Hawk Walks - tel 01598 740114.
Experience Falconry, based at The Jack Russell Inn, Swimbridge, 5 miles south-west of Barnstaple.
Falconry Experience Day @ £175 per person (inc lunch) experience hunting with Harris Hawks and flying Peregrine Falcons. Also Golden Eagle Day @ £275 per person, or Horseback Falconry or Fly with Eagles. Tel: 07866 748 977.


Pilot Training and Trial Flights

Eaglescott Airfield, 12 miles south of Barnstaple. OS grid ref: SS 603 164. Pilot training. Charter Flights, etc. Tel: 01769 520404. Website: .


Private Clubs

Will allow visitors from other private clubs, with proof of membership...
Royal North Devon Golf Club (par 72), Westward Ho!, near Bideford. Tel: 01237 473817.
Saunton Golf Club (par 71), Saunton, near Braunton. Tel: 01271 812436.
Ilfracombe Golf Club (par 68), Hele, Ilfracombe. Tel: 01271 863328.

Non-restricted courses

Chulmleigh Golf Course (par 54), 19 miles south-east of Barnstaple. Tel: 01769 580519.
Hartland Forest Golf (par 71), 11 miles west of Bideford. Tel: 01237 431777.
Highbullen Golf Course (par 68), 15 miles south-east of Barnstaple. Tel: 01769 540530.
Holsworthy Golf Club (par 70/72), 2 miles west of Holsworthy. Tel: 01409 253177.
Libbaton Golf Club (par 73), 10 miles south of Barnstaple. Tel: 01769 560269.
Portmore Golf Course (par 71), 2 miles south-east of Barnstaple. Tel: 01271 378378.
Torrington Golf Club (par 64/65), 1 mile north-west of Great Torrington. Tel: 01237 622229.

More info...

Website: - free copies of the excellent 'Golf in Devon' (annually published) booklet available at all tourist information centres in Devon

Horse Riding


Croyde Roylands Riding Stables, EX33 1NU, tel: 01271 890898.
Woolacombe Woolacombe Riding Stables, EX34 7AE, tel: 01271 870260.


Brendon Brendon Manor Riding Stables, EX35 6LQ, tel: 01598 741246.
Lynton Outovercott Riding Stables, EX35 6JR, tel: 01598 753341.


Chulmleigh Bold Try Riding Stables, EX18 7JN, tel: 01769 580366.

Riding Lessons

Arlington North Devon Equestrian Centre, EX31 4HR, tel: 01271 850864.

Karting and Mountainboarding


North Devon Karting Centre, Braunton Road, OS grid ref: SS 544 341. Tel: 01271 328460.


South West Extreme, Abbotsham Road, Bideford, EX39 5AP. OS grid ref: SS 428 266. Off the approach road to the Big Sheep. Tel: 01237 880028. Open all year, but must pre-book between September and Easter.

Multi-Activity Centre

Situated on the edge of Appledore near Bideford, Skern Lodge is suitable for adults and children. You can either stay at the centre or go an a daily basis, join others, organise your own group (large or small) or go as an individual. Skern Lodge also offer Summer Camps and accept hen and stag weekends/days. Activities include, archery, abseiling, climbing, surfing, assault course, rafting, high ropes course, zip line, coastal traversing and RIB Powerboat. Tel: 01237 475992.
"The Ultimate Adventure Centre offers the most comprehensive range of outdoor activities available throughout North Devon" - Assault Course, Coasteering, Mountain Boarding, Mountain Biking, High Ropes, Climbing Wall, Kayaking, Surfing and Water Zorbing.

Quad Bikes


Keypitts Farm, Ilfracombe, Devon. Tel: 01271 862247. North Devon's only all-terrain quad adventure Centre. Quad bikes, rally karts, snow-cat rides, off-road drives, paint ball battles, target shooting. Horse and pony rides over 200 acres of beautiful farmland and wooded valleys.
Opening Times: All year, daily, Apr-Oct, 10.00-18.00; Nov-Mar, 10.00-16.00
Admission Charges: Telephone for details of charges
Dogs admitted: No.

Shooting and Stalking

Clay Pigeon

South West Shooting Ettiford Farm, Lynton Cross, Nr Ilfracombe, EX34 9RG. OS grid ref: SS 545 443. Tel: 01271 864784.
North Devon Shooting Grounds & School, Bickenbridge Farm, Mullacott, Nr Ilfracombe, EX34 8NZ. OS grid ref: SS 499 445. Tel: 01271 863959.
Broadmoor Shooting Ground, East Stowford Manor, Chittlehamton, Nr Umberleigh, EX37 9RU. OS grid ref: SS 633 266. Tel: 01769 540501.

Game & Wildfowl

Beckland Game offers fantastic days game shooting for pheasant, duck, woodcock and snipe on the Hartland Peninsula. Contact: Paul Messenger on 01237 441945 or 07774 157162, or email: More info: Beckland Game page in GunsOnPegs website.


South West England

Skydive UK Ltd
Dunkeswell Airfield, Nr. Honiton, Devon, EX14 4LG. Tel: 01404 890222
44 miles south-east of Barnstaple (8 miles east of Junction 27 of M5 motorway).
The only Skydiving School in Devon. Charity Jumping. Day Courses. Dunkeswell has some of the best facilities in the UK, including one of the most comfortable and fastest climbing jump planes in the world.


North Devon's Golden Coast

Westward Ho!, Saunton (north end only), Croyde, Putsborough and Woolacombe (north end).
Webcams on all these North Devon beaches see .
Surfboard and wetsuit hire available at or near most beaches, eg Croyde: The Little Pink Shop,
Moor Lane, Croyde, EX33 1NP - see: .
Surf Schools (mostly half day or full day courses).....
North Devon Surf School at Westward Ho! - tel 01598 710818.
Nick Thorn Surf School also at Woolacombe - tel: 01271 871224.
Point Breaks surf, ski and wakeboard lessons at Saunton, Croyde, Putsborough and Woolacombe - tel: 01271 817422.
SurfSouthWest surfing school based at Croyde - tel: 01271 890400.
Big Blue Surf School based at Welcombe (on the Devon/Cornwall border) - tel: 01288 331764.
Skern Lodge Outdoor Activity Centre Westward Ho! Waves, Wind and Water approved centre, situated on the edge of Appledore near Bideford, Skern Lodge offers surfing sessions and surf camps. Suitable for adults and children, you can either stay at the centre or go an a daily basis. Tel: 01237 475992.



Tarka Tennis Centre, Seven Brethren Bank, Barnstaple, EX31 2AS. Tel: 01271 377701. Barnstaple's new £5 million tennis complex has international standard facilities. Professional coaching available. 12 courts: 6 indoor and 6 outdoor.


Public tennis courts at Rock Park, Barnstaple; Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe; also at Bratton Fleming, Braunton, Chulmleigh, Hartland, Lynton, Torrington, Westward Ho!, Woolsery.

Tenpin Bowling


Let's Go Superbowl, Braunton Road, Barnstaple, EX31 1LE. Tel: 01271 321123. Automated scoring. Children's Magazone: indoor laser sci-fi game. Game Zone: Air Hockey, Shooting Screens, Jet Ski Simulator, Sega Car Race, gaming machines. Bar and Diner. New for 2010: Ice Skating.



Eggesford Forest (FC) offers extensive woodland paths and cycle trails - ask for a free leaflet at a Tourist Information Centre, on arrival.
Arlington Estate (NT), from OS grid ref: SS 610 384, woodland paths: wild flowers in abundance, red deer.
Tarka Trail (180 miles long figure-of-8 path based on Barnstaple).
Exmoor (NP): The Doone Valley from Malmesmead car park, OS grid ref: 792 478.
West Country Walks will provide some good suggestions - or you may commission them to organise a special walk just for you.


South West Coast Path: a continuous path (unbroken) along the whole of North Devon's 80 mile coastline. Visit one of North Devon's Tourist Information Centres on arrival to buy an Ordnance Survey Map, a walks book or leaflet, or get some free advice. Ask which map is suitable.
First time in the area? - try Heddons Mouth (NT) from Hunters Inn, OS grid ref: SS 655 483; or Baggy Point (NT) from OS grid ref: SS 432 397; or Peppercombe (NT) from OS grid ref: SS 384 232.

Wildlife Safaris


Wildlife safaris specialising in sighting Exmoor ponies and red deer, starting from...
Exford, Wheddon Cross, Dulverton, Porlock, Minehead or Dunster Red Stag Safari
Porlock Discovery Safaris
Exford Exmoor Safari
Dulverton or Dunster Barle Valley Safaris
Mostly £30 to £40 per adult for a three hour safari, £60 to £70 for seven hours.