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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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
Woolacombe, North Devon, EX34 7BT, Tel: 01271 870553, Email(1 miles, 2 km)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Combe Martin, North Devon, EX34 0DN, Tel: (6 miles, 10 km)
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.
Mortehoe's Deadly Coast Walk, EX34 7DT, Tel: 01392 360050, www.southwestcoastpath.com(2 miles, 3 km)
Walk Route: Cirular - Moderate/Difficult
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
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.
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.
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.
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)