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North Devon - An Adventure Playground

You can always tell when it is the summer holidays because there is one thing that is certain – the A361 to North Devon is going to get busy!


North Devon has always been a popular choice for family holidays, but there is more to it than that. North Devon is one giant Adventure Playground.

I have been working in North Devon as an instructor for the past 10 years – but what is there to do?


North Devon has some of the best beaches in the country in my opinion – Saunton, CroydeWoolacombe and Westward Ho! all have something going for them and there are adventures to be had on all of them.


What Adventures can you have on the beach?

Surfing – ever wanted to learn to surf? North Devon is the place to learn.  Every beach has providers that can offer surf lessons. You can book courses from ½ day to a full week – just look at your nearest beach. Already have ideas what to do? Hire yourself some equipment and crack on – check out Surfed Out in Braunton or Saunton if you are looking to hire or buy equipment. You can check on-online to see what the beaches and waves are looking like, head to Eyeball see their webcams and surf reports.

The waves are rubbish what can I do now?

We cannot guarantee perfect surf conditions in North Devon everyday but if there is no surf, why not try Coasteering or Stand Up Paddle Boarding? These are great activities that all the family can try and you can be a complete beginner and have a brilliant adventure together.

North Devon now has its own Wake Boarding Park near Bideford. Full training is provided so why not head down and give it a go. This would definitely provide some stories around the campsite in the evening!

Looking for a more leisurely day? Then Head up to Wimbleball Lake and see what they have on offer. Not only is it a beautiful 9-mile dog walk around the lake to tire the family out, but there are also watersports available at the lake – sailing, windsurfing and canoeing are just some that are on offer.


That’s enough about water though, what about things to do on the land?


Already a climber?

If you are already a climber then North Devon has some of the most amazing sea cliff climbing. Baggy Point, Hartland Point and the Culm Coast provide enough climbing at every grade to keep you busy on your weeks holiday. If you are new to climbing, then our dedicated climbing centre in South Molton, will keep the whole family occupied on a wet day or we can organise outdoor trips for beginners at The Valley of the Rocks near Lynton.

The Exmoor National Park is host to over 400 miles of bridleways which run over beautiful moorlands, through scenic valleys and luscious woodlands, making Exmoor one of the premier locations for mountain biking in the UK.If you are looking for something slightly flatter, then the Tarka Trial is available to cyclists between Braunton and Meeth, using the old railway system to provide a traffic free journey. Click Here for More details on the Tarka Trail.

That has just provided you with at least 7 great adventures that you can take part in whilst you are staying in North Devon. Some of them will cost some money, but most of these are free! So what are you waiting for! If you would like any advice on your next Adventures in North Devon, tips on where to go climbing, which are the best campsites or you would like to book something, please dont hesitate to email me.

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After working for 15 years in the outdoor industry freelancing for different expedition and outdoor companies, Keith set up Rock and Rapid Adventures to provide the high level of customer service that he felt was missing from a large number of outdoor providers. Every element of the company reflects his passion for the outdoors and his desire to provide the highest possible level of customer service.

Whenever possible Keith is out in Spain on the climbing crags of the Costa Blanca. Keith is a qualified Climbing and Kayaking Instructor and hopefully soon to be a diving instructor.

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