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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.
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 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.
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.
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
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, North Devon, EX34 9DT, (3 miles, 5kms)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 restricted.