24th July 2020
North Devon is ready to go...
UK staycations top the list of people's post-lockdown travel plans - so if you’re looking to visit us in North Devon this summer, consider adding these activities to your itinerary. As we know, pre-booking is essential in this new norm, so be inspired and start planning your summer staycation today!
We recommend that you also do your own research on each attraction before visiting so that you feel comfortable and confident in their own COVID-19 procedures and prevention measures.
1. Amazing Attractions
Located in the stunning landscape of North Devon and only 10 minutes away from the coast, North Devon Wake Park boasts the best of both worlds. The stunning lake is situated in the beautiful fields of North Devon and is accompanied by a wooden clubhouse, undercover decking and luscious grassed areas, making it the perfect place to enjoy the charming setting and take on an enjoyable and entertaining activity.
Wake Park has a variety of outdoor activities for all ages which include wakeboarding, Paddleboarding, slacklining and their unique aquapark.
*Booking is essential.
Walking on Waves offers surf lessons to people of all ages and abilities. Whether it’s your first time getting into a wetsuit or you’re an all-seasons board rider, we can introduce you to surfing, improve your riding or fundamentally rebuild your surfing skills. Based at Saunton Sands.
*Booking is essential. Private lessons only (of up to 5 people)
What’s our favourite thing about The BIG Sheep? The animals of course! Which is great news, as they've got hundreds of them waiting to meet you. As we all know, they’re getting used to a ‘new normal’ and so things at The BIG Sheep will be a little bit different for now. But fear not, we still have lots for you to do and see including our sheep, goats, alpacas, llamas, pigs and even a few new arrivals who are out in our fields ready to welcome you back. Also, the roller coaster is open!
* Booking is essential.
Ride the Cosmic Typhoon roller coaster, have fun on the gravity rider doughnut slide, explore the maze and experience fantastic outdoor displays from the North Devon Bird of Prey Centre. Pilot a Cyber Scooter and shoot lasers on Ziggy's Blast Quest, giggle on the Droid Destroyer Dodgems, leap around with the family on the Jumping Jupiters and kick back on the Milky Way Railway - there's something here for everyone!
* Booking is essential
2. Picturesque Villages
Recently voted the ‘most instagrammable’ place in the UK. World-famous for its cobbled streets, donkeys, sledges and historic harbour. Enjoy stunning views of this traffic-free fishing village built into a cleft in a 400' high cliff, with beautiful whitewashed cottages festooned with flowers.
Lynton and Lynmouth
The famous Lynton and Lynmouth funicular Cliff Railway is the highest and the steepest totally water powered railway in the world! The Cliff Railway connects the twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth providing stunning coastal views that will be the highlight of any visit.
Westward Ho! is a Victorian coastal town, with over two miles of golden sand that has the prestigious Blue Flag award for facilities and water quality plus places to eat, things to do, great shops, amazing walks and wonderful nature.
(The only place in the UK with an exclamation mark in its name). It’s also a long expanse of sand, but it's mixed with a pebble ridge so there's plenty of non-sandy places to dry off after a swim in the sea. What makes Westward Ho! special is the abundance of traditional seaside attractions on offer, such as arcades, food outlets and fun for all the family. Visit here for a full family day out alongside your time in the waves.
An epic stretch of three and a half mile golden sands, blue waters, and a dramatic backdrop of sand dunes. Saunton offers some of the best surf in the country whilst kite surfing, kayaking and paddle boarding are also key activities at the beach. Plus, with so much space, it’s easy to find a quieter spot for a swim too.
Facilities include a café, a beach shop and great parking that make Saunton a full day out for the whole family.
Popular with holidaymakers all year round, it’s easy to understand why Woolacombe is a multi-award winning beach, voted the UK's best two years in a row by TripAdvisor.
The long expanse of sand and sea makes it brilliant for all kinds of water sports, including swimming, for all the family.
For those wanting to avoid the surfers and the crowds, enjoy a walk along the golden sands to pick a quieter swimming spot, but there are designated areas with lifeguards for swimmers so everyone can stay safe.
The Tarka Trail is a key path through North Devon, following the route of a disused railway line that starts in Braunton and ends in Mid-Devon. It's an easy path for both walkers and cyclists to enjoy. Walk the riverside paths to see highlights such as the nature reserve outside Braunton, Fremington Quay, Instow with its beach, Bideford, Torrington, and beyond into the heart of Devon for those who really wish to spend all day hiking. The trail can be found just a short distance from our hotel, for easy walks at any time.
Sauntering along the footpath from Westward Ho! you are following a piece of history, this was once the route of the railway that ambled peacefully along the cliff path and will have proffered stunning views. You cannot help but embrace the sheer beauty and ruggedness of the coastline, breathing in the sea air and feeling the soft breeze against your face. You are enveloped by the powerful sea on one side, which is intertwined with lush, green, pastures bordering the cliffs and cattle the peacefully graze.
South West Coastal Path - River Taw Walk
The River Taw walk is an extremely pretty and peaceful one. Rock Park with its formal lawns and shrubs and its riverside tree walk was given to the town in 1879 by William Frederick Rock, a shoemaker’s son whose early banking career was blighted by his habit of writing poetry during working hours.
At Rosemoor Gardens, you can enjoy 65-acres of beautifully planted flower beds, set within a pretty wooded valley. Around every corner, there's a lovely surprise. The gardens are home to plants from around the world. Looking to escape the world and enjoy nature? Then Rosemoor is the place to visit.
*Pre-booking is essential
Hartland Abbey has beautiful gardens and grounds alongside the historic house. Dating back to 1157-1539 it includes a ‘Ladies Walk’ through woodland to the 18th century Walled Gardens. Here vegetables and fruit are grown and rare plants are found beside summer perennials and shrubs. The Abbey welcomes visitors from the end of March until October. From the house, it’s just a mile's walk to the Atlantic Coast, through a wild and rugged route.
Garden lovers will want to visit for the National Trust parkland that surrounds Arlington Court. From traditional fruit and veg gardens to beautiful flower beds, it’s easy to lose yourself with a casual wonder.
Follow your feet to experience the best garden of all - the North Devon countryside. Go on a mini-hike along natural walks that take in ponds, woods and open fields possibly full of deer!
*Pre-booking is essential
These are only some of the things you can do in North Devon, but every day here is unique and special, with so much to do and take in, no two days are the same.