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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Woolacombe, Nr Braunton, North Devon, EX34 7DL, Tel: (2 miles, 2 km)
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.
Westward Ho!, North Devon, EX39 1LQ, Tel: 01392 360050, www.southwestcoastpath.com(10 miles, 16 km)
Walk Route: Coastal Walk - Easy
The path starts at the car park at the western end of Westward Ho!, and heads westwards along an old railway line.
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.
Combe Martin, EX34 0DH, Tel: 01392 360050, www.southwestcoastpath.com(6 miles, 10 km)
Walk Route: Circular - Moderate
Moderate circular walk. Green lanes, farm tracks, public footpaths, country lanes. Going fairly even underfoot. 4 miles (6kms)
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.
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)
Ilfracombe, North Devon, EX34 9EQ, Tel: , www.visitcombemartin.co.uk(3 miles, 6 km)
Watermouth cove is a very secluded harbour creating an ecosystem for many rare marine species. Surrounded by rocks the bay is sheltered from wind and tidal forces. Many boats moor here for this reason.
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.
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.
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)