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 things to do during your Lobb Fields stay:
Explore the coast
Lobb Fields is located within proximity of some of the UK’s best beaches. Saunton Sands – set within a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve – is a couple of minutes’ drive (1.5 miles) 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. Looking for more things to do aside lazy days lounging at the beach? Read on …
Learn to surf or SUP
Croyde Surf Academy will take your surfing skills next level, whether you’re a beginner or intermediate, a five-year-old or 85-year-old.
Their belief is that everyone has their own strengths and abilities, and they look to utilise these during your lessons. They also offer a range of stand up paddle boarding (SUP) courses, from taster sessions to half- and full-day tours. Go and see them in the big blue bus overlooking Croyde Bay to kickstart your sessions.
North Devon has some of the most enviable golf courses in the region. With spectacular views and championship links courses, you’ll be spoilt for choice. A few we’d recommend are Saunton Golf Club, Royal North Devon Golf Club and the Ilfracombe Golf Club.
Game, set, match
Whether it’s coaching or casual play, Tarka Tennis in the centre of Barnstaple is a great spot for some tennis. There are six indoor tennis courts and four floodlit outdoor tennis courts, with an additional two mini red courts for the little ones. Tarka is a ‘pay and play’ facility, so you don’t have to be a member to play there.
Reconnect with nature
Lobb Fields overlooks one of England’s most treasured areas of natural beauty and environmental value – 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. Find out more here.
Join the South West Coast Path
Explore the South West Coast Path – a 630-mile network of coastal working trails which passes straight by Saunton Sands. This national trail is a wonderful place to reconnect with nature, stretch your legs and leave behind the stresses of every day life.
Cycle or walk the Tarka Trail…
Escape crowds and busy roads by exploring the beauty of North Devon via the Tarka Trail. Over 30 miles of the Tarka Trail is available to cyclists 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 Tarka Bikes based at Barnstaple railway station.
Great restaurants, bars and shopping
Lobb Fields is just a five-minute walk from the charming village of Braunton, which is crammed with quirky and independent restaurants, shops, delis, bars and cafes.
A few finds we especially recommend visiting are: Hearbreak Hotel Coffee for an exceptional cup of speciality coffee and doughnuts; Squires Fish and Chip Restaurant for award winning crisp cod in batter (with mushy peas, naturally), AYKA Rum Bar for evening drinks; and Wanderlust Life for cool handcrafted jewellery.
Looking for more things to do? Find some of our favourite local attractions here.