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Things to do in North Devon

Whether you’re visiting for a family holiday, a romantic getaway for two or a solo excursion, there is plenty of incredible places to see and activities to try. Here are a few we recommend:

Braunton (Devon, UK),  © Dietmar Rabich,

Spend a few hours in Braunton…

Lobb Fields is located just on the outskirts of the charming village of Braunton, which is crammed with quirky and independent restaurants, shops, delis, bars and cafes. The River Caen flows through the centre of the village and the main green is a great place to sit and people watch. Visit the Bakehouse for tourist information and the Museum of Braunton to find out about the village’s military history, there is also the Museum of British Surfing.

Go to the beach…

Lobb Fields is located within close proximity of some of the UK’s best beaches. Saunton Sands – set within a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve – is a couple of minutes’ drive from the campsite and renowned for its miles of golden beach, stunning dune system and longboard-friendly waves. A few minutes further is surfy Croyde and, just beyond it, Woolacombe Beach, a sensational three-mile stretch which was recently ranked in the Top 25 Beaches in the World by TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards. Another must-visit sandy spot is the remarkable Tunnels Beaches in Ilfracombe.


Learn to surf…

There are several surfing schools around North Devon, here are two we highly recommend:

Croyde Surf Academy Bus
Croyde Surf Academy Bus

Croyde Surf Academy


Croyde Surf Academy will assist you in progressing to the next level with your surfing, whether beginner or advanced, and for all ages, five to 85!

The Academy’s mantra is that everyone has their own strengths and abilities, so they look to utilise these during your lessons to make sure you get the most out of the time spent with them. They also offer a range of stand-up paddle board (SUP) courses from taster sessions through to half- and full-day tours. To find out more, go and see them in the big blue bus overlooking Croyde Bay at Down End car park

Play golf…

North Devon has some of the finest and spectacular golf courses in the region. With stunning views and championship links courses, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Saunton Golf Club

Royal North Devon Golf Club

Ilfracombe Golf Club

Saunton Golf Club
Saunton Golf Club – image credit: National Club Golfer

Play tennis…

Tarka Tennis

The Tarka Tennis Centre was built in 2003 through the North Devon Council, the Lawn Tennis Association and Sport England funding. There are six indoor courts and four outdoor hard courts. Tarka is a ‘pay & play’ facility, so you don’t have to be a member to play there.

Tarka Tennis Centre
Tarka Tennis Centre – image credit: Tarka Tennis Centre

Braunton Burrows leading to Saunton Sands
Braunton Burrows leading to Saunton Sands – image credit: ukmab.net

Reconnect with nature…

Braunton Burrows

Our campsite overlooks one of England’s most treasured areas of natural beauty and environmental value – the Braunton Burrows sand dunes, a UNESCO biosphere reserve. There are free guided walks through the Burrows every Friday at 6:30pm during June, July and August.

Explore the coast path…

South West Coast Path

Explore the South West Coast Path – a 630-mile network of coastal walking trails, which pass straight by Saunton Beach. An invigorating walk offering breathtaking views all the way across to Bideford Bay.

Coastal path looking onto Woolacombe Bay in the distance
Coastal path looking onto Woolacombe Bay in the distance
The Tarka Trail
The Tarka Trail – image credit: accessibleguide.co.uk

Cycle or walk the Tarka Trail…

Tarka Trail

Over 30 miles of the Tarka Trail is available to cyclists between Braunton and Meeth, using the old railway routes of North Devon, and pass through some beautiful scenery.

You can hire bikes from Otter Cycle Hire just 20 yards from the trail in Braunton (call 01271 813339) or from Tarka Bikes based at Barnstaple railway station.

Barnstaple's historic Pannier Market
Barnstaple’s historic Pannier Market – image credit: barnstaple.co.uk

Go shopping…

North Devon has some fantastic shopping. The main town of Barnstaple offers busy shopping streets lined with all the well-known stores, in addition to locally-owned shops and the heritage Pannier Market. Closer by is Braunton’s fabulous eateries and great gift and homeware shops, and there’s Bideford’s riverside shopping and outlet experience of Affinity Devon Outlet Shopping. If you want to do a little retail therapy on your camping holiday, rest assured you’ll be spoilt for choice.

There is so much to see and do from your base at Lobb Fields.

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