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Browsing leisure activities within 10 miles of Fortescue Retreat
Spectacular wildlife and coastal cruises aboard one of the most technologically advanced passenger vessels in the UK. Frequent sights of seals, porpoises and dolphins. Come and enjoy one of the most dramatic coastal landscapes in England!
If you're looking for that extra buzz then check out the Sports Complex at Golden Coast Holiday Village in Woolacombe. Test your nerve, strength and balance or just chill out with your friends and family at the Beach Club, bar and grill.
Unit 4 Barnstaple Trade Centre, Whiddon Valley, Barnstaple, North Devon, EX32 8RY, (9 miles, 15kms), Tel: 01271 328328, Email
North Devon's largest indoor playcentre, Open every day of the year for parties, playtime, fun and food.
Waves, in Woolacombe, is a 'paint it yourself' ceramic studio and cafe with a wide selection of pottery to decorate. It's easy for anyone from young children to grown-ups to create their own masterpiece.
Learn to surf with UK's premier surf schools at Croyde and Saunton. British Surfing Assn. Level 4 Centre. Surfing GB 'Centre of Excellence.' Established in 1996. Open every day from Mid March to end October. Courses from £28 per person
Mortehoe's Deadly Coast Walk, EX34 7DT, (2 miles, 3kms), Tel: 01392 360050, www.southwestcoastpath.com
Mortehoe is a small hilltop village on Devon’s northernmost coast. Despite its proximity to the holiday settlement of Woolacombe it retains an old-world charm and a feeling of remoteness
Walk Route: Cirular - Moderate/Difficult
Westward Ho!, North Devon, EX39 1LQ, (10 miles, 16kms), Tel: 01392 360050, www.southwestcoastpath.com
The path starts at the car park at the western end of Westward Ho!, and heads westwards along an old railway line.
Walk Route: Coastal Walk - Easy
Woolacombe, Nr Braunton, North Devon, EX34 7DL, (2 miles, 2kms)
Woolacombe Beach is one of the finest beaches in the West Country with numerous awards. It's a big favourite for families and surfers, attracting thousands of people each summer.
Woolacombe, North Devon, EX34 7BT, (1 miles, 2kms), Tel: 01271 870553, Email
Barricane beach (also known as Combesgate beach) not only offers a picturesque landscape tucked in between the rocks, but is famous for cowries and other exotic sea shells.
The long sweeping sands of Putsborough are renowned for their cleanliness and beauty. It is very popular with families as it offers vast golden sands as well as plenty of rock pools to explore, ideal for children.
The stepped beach and the rocks it possesses make Croyde one of the best surfing in Europe suitable only for experts. It is a world famous sandy beach, backed by sand dunes and situated in a small bay on the North Devon Coast.
Saunton, Braunton, North Devon, EX33 1LQ, (4 miles, 7kms), www.sauntonbeach.info
Saunton Sands is a three mile long expanse of sandy beach popular with surfers and ideal for families.
Instow Beach is a long beach on an estuary very popular for fishing and sailing as well as other beach activities. It is a sandy beach, backed by low dunes, at the mouth of the rivers Taw and Torridge.
Anstey Way, Instow, North Devon, EX39 4HX, (9 miles, 14kms), Tel: 01392 360050, www.southwestcoastpath.com
The easy walking along this section of the Coast Path allows for plenty of opportunity to enjoy the wide range of plants and birds inhabiting the grassland and dunes of the Taw/Torridge Estuary.
Baggy Point, EX2 5WT, (4 miles, 6kms), Tel: 01392 360050, www.southwestcoastpath.com
The walk starts from the attractive village of Croyde in North Devon. Although best known as a surfing venue it is also ideally placed to access some superb coastal scenery. Grade: Moderate Distance: 6miles (9km)
Ilfracombe, EX34 9EQ, (4 miles, 6kms), Tel: 01392 360050, www.southwestcoastpath.com
Moderate to difficult circular walk. While not especially long, the walk does include a couple of short sharp climbs so should not be approached too lightly. 5 miles (7kms)
Walk Route: Circular - Moderate/Difficult
Combe Martin, North Devon, EX34 0DN, (6 miles, 10kms)
Access to Wild Pear Beach requires a testing walk of approximately 2kms with steep gradients. Mostly sand and shingle with rocks and caves at the foot of the cliffs.
Lee Bay Coastal Heathlands, EX34 8LR, (2 miles, 2kms), Tel: 01392 360050, www.southwestcoastpath.com
This rewarding walk combines some of the best of the South West Coast Path in North Devon with woodland and windswept farmland surrounding ancient farms.
Walk Route: Circular