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Things to do

North Devon is the perfect destination for an action packed holiday…

Beach life

North Devon has some of the most stunning beaches in the country. The breathtaking Saunton Sands Beach is right on our doorstep, and perfect for safe bathing and gentle longboarding, while just around the corner is surf-central, Croyde. One of the best kept secrets in the South West is Putsborough Beach with its warm pools and cafe, while Woolacombe must be one of the most stunning beaches anywhere. Little Barricane cove is a another hidden gem, with wonderful curries served on the beach in summer evenings. Nearby Ilfracombe is all Victorian charm with its Tunnels beaches.

Croyde Bay

Croyde Surf Academy Bus

Croyde Surf Academy Bus

Learn to surf or paddle board


if you’re looking to learn to surf or just to polish up your skills, Croyde Surf Academy will assist you in progressing to the next level, from beginner to advanced of all ages.

Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) has taken North Devon by storm and so the Academy also offers a range of SUP courses from taster sessions to half- and full-day tours. Find the crew in the big blue bus overlooking Croyde Bay.

Playing around

North Devon has some of the most fabulous golf courses in the UK, and benefit from sandy soil which mean they can be played all year round. Try Saunton Golf Course with its highly regarded East and West courses or Royal North Devon in Westward Ho! which is one of the oldest golf courses in the country.





Saunton Golf Club

Saunton Golf Club – image credit: National Club Golfer

Tarka Tennis Centre

Tarka Tennis Centre – image credit: Tarka Tennis Centre

Time for tennis


North Devon has a top notch tennis facility in The Tarka Tennis Centre which has six indoor courts and four outdoor hard courts. Tarka is a ‘pay & play’ facility, so you don’t have to be a member to enjoy an afternoon on the courts.

Reconnect with nature


Our campsite overlooks one of England’s most treasured areas of natural beauty and environmental value – Braunton Burrows sand dunes, which are part of a UNESCO biosphere reserve and very special. It’s a place to lose yourself in beautiful nature and the ideal spot for the kids to run off all their energy. There are free guided walks through the Burrows every Friday at 6:30pm during June, July and August.

Braunton Burrows leading to Saunton Sands

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


Coastal path looking onto Woolacombe Bay in the distance

Coastal path looking onto Woolacombe Bay in the distance


Walk the coast path


Explore the South West Coast Path – a 630 mile network of coastal working trails which passes straight by Saunton Beach. Take in an invigorating walk through historic lanes which offer breathtaking views all the way across to Bideford Bay.

Cycle or walk the Tarka Trail


Over 30 miles of the flat Tarka Trail is available to be explored by cyclists and walkers between Braunton and Meeth, using the old railways of North Devon and passing through some truly spectacular scenery.

You can hire bikes from Otter Cycle Hire just 20 yards from the trail in Braunton by calling 01271 813339 or also from Tarka Bikes based at Barnstaple railway station. It’s also a great spot for runners to cover some serious ground without ever meeting a car!

The Tarka Trail

The Tarka Trail – image credit: accessibleguide.co.uk


Barnstaple's historic Pannier Market

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

Shop til you drop

North Devon has some fantastic shopping – from the main town of Barnstaple with its busy shopping streets lined with all the well known stores along with plenty of independents and the heritage Pannier Market, to Braunton’s great eateries and great gift and homeware shops, and Bideford’s riverside shopping and outlet experience of Atlantic Village.


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