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Browsing leisure activities within 10 miles of Fortescue Retreat
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.
Unit 4 Barnstaple Trade Centre, Whiddon Valley, Barnstaple, North Devon, EX32 8RY, Tel: 01271 328328, Email(9 miles, 15 km)
North Devon's largest indoor playcentre, Open every day of the year for parties, playtime, fun and food.
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.
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.
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.
The golf club is situated on a coastal hill in Mortehoe creating the perfect vantage point for fantastic countryside and sea views. The golf course a challenging 18 tees of shortish play that will test your iron skills.
Anstey Way, Instow, North Devon, EX39 4HX, Tel: 01392 360050, www.southwestcoastpath.com(9 miles, 14 km)
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.
Westward Ho!, Nr Bideford, North Devon, EX39 1HN, Tel: (9 miles, 15 km)
The beach is patrolled by lifeguards and is one of the safest in the area. It offers vast expanses of golden sands, which makes it ideal for fun family bathing.
Combe Martin, EX34 0DH, Tel: 01392 360050, www.southwestcoastpath.com(6 miles, 10 km)
Walk Route: Circular - Moderate
Moderate circulare walk. Green lanes, farm tracks, public footpaths, country lanes. Going fairly even underfoot. 4 miles (6kms)
Ilfracombe, EX34 9EQ, Tel: 01392 360050, www.southwestcoastpath.com(3 miles, 6 km)
Walk Route: Circular - Moderate/Difficult
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)
Baggy Point, EX2 5WT, Tel: 01392 360050, www.southwestcoastpath.com(4 miles, 6 km)
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)
Combe Martin is a superb family beach, a favourite of many locals, understandably as it is located within the Heritage Coast and in an area of outstanding Natural Beauty. It boasts some of the finest scenery.
Ilfracombe, North Devon, EX34 9DT, Tel: (3 miles, 5 km)
This ancient cove was a popular bay for smugglers. High sided cliffs drop down to a small rocky bay with shingle and sand. This bay is sheltered and peaceful.
Saunton, Braunton, North Devon, EX33 1LQ, Tel: , www.sauntonbeach.info(4 miles, 7 km)
Saunton Sands is a three mile long expanse of sandy beach popular with surfers and ideal for families.
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.
Appledore & Northam Burrows, EX39 1QS, Tel: 01392 360050, www.southwestcoastpath.com(8 miles, 14 km)
Walk Route: Cirular - Moderate
North of Bideford a peninsula of land juts out between the sea and the estuary of the River Torridge. Being something of a cul-de-sac, the area has a real character of its own.