Things To Do

Exmoor Stag  Exmoor Ponies

Walking – there are over 70 miles of way marked trails on Exmoor. Nearby highlights include the wilds of Longstone (ancient standing stone high on the moor), Pinkworthy Pond, the Doone Valley and Heddons Mouth.

Beaches – North Devon has some of the most spectacular coastline in Europe. There are impressive cliffs, small coves and huge sandy beaches at Woolacombe, Saunton and Croyde, with good surfing too!

Exmoor  Mortehoe Beach

Golf – Saunton Sands, Barnstaple and Ilfracombe are nearest.

Sightseeing – West Somerset railway – 20 miles of restored steam branch line running from Minehead to Bishops Lydeard.

Lynton & Lynmouth – Water powered cliff railway, coastal and sea fishing trips. Glen Lyn Gorge. The Valley of the Rocks. Cinema.

Lynton  Cliff Railway

National Trust – Arlington Court, Holnicote Estate and Dunster Castle all nearby.

Pony Trekking – several stables nearby.

Lundy Island – day trips from Bideford and Ilfracombe.

Barnstaple – regional centre with good shopping, pannier market and “Butchers Row”. Brannams pottery. Broomhill sculpture gardens.

Click To Play Movie  Barnstaple Pannier Market

Cycling – mountain bike hire in Lynton.

Kids – Combe Martin Dinosaur and Wildlife Park. The Big Sheep. Watermouth Castle. Keypitts quads. Go karting and paintball.

Fishing – brown and rainbow trout fishing at Wistlandpound reservoir. We can arrange fishing on our own stretch of the River Taw for salmon and sea trout.

Exmoor Ponies

A Few Suggestions...

Active Exmoor     Active Exmoor
Active Exmoor is a sports tourism project focusing on supporting Exmoor's outdoor activity industry. They have hundreds of ideas to help you get the most out of Exmoor.
 
The National Trust     Arlington Court
Intimate and intriguing Regency house, set in extensive estate, and an impressive collection of horse-drawn vehicles.
 
Big Sheep     The Big Sheep
One of North Devon’s leading attractions - watch sheep dog trials and sheep races, learn about breeds of sheep and shearing processes, and bottle feed the lambs!
 
Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway     Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway
No family trip to the picturesque towns of Lynton and Lynmouth would be complete without a journey on the world famous Cliff Railway. It will be one of the highlights of the day.
 
Cobbaton Combat Collection     Cobbaton Combat Collection
“A hobby which got out of hand.” Military museum and tourist attraction, this collection covers mostly World War Two, but with exhibits from the Boer War up to the First Gulf War.
 
Dartington Crystal     Dartington Crystal
No trip to Devon is complete without a visit to Dartington Crystal Factory Experience. See first hand how our crystal is hand crafted with skill and care from the blowing of the molten glass through to the final finishing. There's lots more to see and do that will make your visit truly memorable.
 
Discover Wistlandpound     Discover Wistlandpound
Easy access paths allow you to wander through the forest of majestic trees and catch stunning views of the reservoir and its wildlife.
 
The National Trust     Dunster Castle
Ancient castle with fine interiors and subtropical gardens.
 
Ilfracombe Aquarium     Ilfracombe Aquarium
Experience the fascinating journey from an Exmoor stream to the Atlantic Ocean. During your unique journey you will discover the extraordinary inhabitants of a secret underwater world.
 
Milky Way Adventure Park     Milky Way Adventure Park
A great day out for all the family whatever the weather, with four major rides and six live shows every day, huge indoor play areas and loads and loads of fun. Come and try the new Roller Coaster, the biggest and fastest in Devon, if you dare!
 
North Devon Theatres     North Devon Theatres
Comprising of the Queens Theatre in Barnstaple and the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe, the North Devon Theatres produce a stranded arts and entertainment programme featuring drama, classical music, opera, children’s shows, popular music (including rock, jazz, folk and roots), contemporary dance, ballet, amateur shows, visual arts and community events.
 
North Devon & Exmoor Walking Festival     North Devon & Exmoor Walking Festival
9 days of a wide range of walks, held annually in the first week in May, with also a second smaller festival held each year in the autumn.
 
Outdoor Educational Training     Outdoor Education Training
Outdoor Education Training provides activities putting you in the heart of the North Devon countryside. Affordable full and half-day experiences for all ages and abilities; family groups a speciality.
 
Plough Arts Centre     The Plough Arts Centre
Book your seats today for one of the many spectacular live events taking place at the Plough Theatre this year. Located in the centre of Great Torrington, a visit to the Plough is a must for any visitor to North Devon - give it a go! Give them a ring.
 
Ride-On Southwest     Ride-On Southwest
Explore the stunning Devon countryside by bike and discover all the wonderful sights, sounds and smells of this beautiful region, renowned not only for its peace and un-spoilt beauty, but also for its wide ranging network of cycle routes that are available.
 
RHS Rosemoor     RHS Garden Rosemoor
Visit this beautiful RHS garden, 10 minutes from Birchill Farm and wander the flora and fauna that is Rosemoor - as one of our guests put it - 'much better than Wisley!'
 
Survival Paintball     Survival Paintball
“Paintball can be enjoyed by nearly everyone, especially at Survival Paintball, Barnstaple, where we have been running games on our superb 20 acre woodland site since 1988. Our experience, state of the art equipment and focus on safety means players of all ages and abilities can get on with the serious business of having fun.”
 
Torrington 1646     Torrington 1646
A visit to the 'Torrington 1646' tourist attraction is truly an “experience” which will be enjoyed by all the family whatever their ages. This is history as never before, as we travel back to 1646 and meet the characters who populated Great Torrington, North Devon's forgotten site of the last major battle of the English Civil War. See how they lived, loved, laughed and lied their way through the English Civil War.
 
West Country Walks     West Country Walks
Online West Country Walks has provided self-guided walks in North Devon and Exmoor as part of its holidays since 1987. The self-guided route directions are easy to follow and show you the beautiful countryside and coast of North Devon and Exmoor.
West Somerset Railway     West Somerset Railway
Enjoy twenty miles of glorious Somerset scenery as the train gently rolls back the years on its journey on the superbly restored former Great Western Railway Minehead Branch through the hills and along the coast of beautiful West Somerset.