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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!
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.
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
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.
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.
Combe Martin, EX34 0DH, (6 miles, 10kms), Tel: 01392 360050, www.southwestcoastpath.com
Moderate circulare walk. Green lanes, farm tracks, public footpaths, country lanes. Going fairly even underfoot. 4 miles (6kms)
Walk Route: Circular - Moderate
Ilfracombe, North Devon, EX34 9EQ, (4 miles, 6kms), www.visitcombemartin.co.uk
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.
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.
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
Appledore & Northam Burrows, EX39 1QS, (8 miles, 14kms), Tel: 01392 360050, www.southwestcoastpath.com
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.
Walk Route: Cirular - Moderate
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.
Woolacombe, North Devon, EX34 7EB, (2 miles, 3kms), Tel: 01271 870553, Email
Combesgate is a lovely secluded beach, located at the far right-end side of Woolacombe with some attractive rock pools ideal for children. Beware the beach is only accessible between low and mid-tide. Dog access restrictecd.
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.
Westward Ho!, Nr Bideford, North Devon, EX39 1HN, (10 miles, 15kms)
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 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, 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.
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