21st July 2020
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.
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
Walking & Cycling Circuits
River Taw Walk with South West Coast Path
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.
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.
Baggy Point is one of the most breath-taking and beautiful climbs in the country. It separates Croyde Bay and Morte Bay which includes the beaches of Woolacombe and Putsborough. This short circular walk along the western flank of Baggy Point will reward you with far-reaching coastal, sea and, farmland views. It's also an excellent place to see wildflowers and for a spot of bird-watching.
(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.
North Devon Wake Park
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.
The 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 (Surf School)
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)
Exmoor adventures provides a range of award-winning outdoor activities including coasteering, kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing, raft building, archery, stand-up paddle boarding, tree climbing, orienteering and team building activities across North Devon, West Somerset, Exmoor and the Quantock Hills.
*Booking is essential.
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 & 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.
Take a trip to Appledore, a small fishing village in North Devon, during your stay at The Park Hotel. The harbour, once filled with traditional fishing vessels, now shares its space with beautiful yachts offering trips to visitors up and down the estuary. A leisurely walk through the village will reveal rows of brightly painted fisherman's cottages stacked together along narrow streets and courtyards.
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.