Hike, Bike & Spike
South West Coast Path
The South West Coast Path between Minehead and Westward Ho! is astonishingly diverse. It begins with the high ‘hog’s back’ cliffs, purple tinted moors and beautiful coastal oak woodlands of Exmoor. Around Combe Martin the coast softens to one of low cliffs, tiny coves and headlands. These are replaced in turn by sweeping sandy beaches and dunes and then by the shores of the beautiful Taw and Torridge Estuaries. The Valley of Rocks with its jagged sandstone pinnacles, the dramatic gorge of Heddon Mouth, Culbone Church (the smallest complete parish church in England) and the delightful villages of Bossington, Porlock and Lynmouth add to the interest of this splendid walk.
Geocaching is a free, fun and easy way to explore North Devon. Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting activity using Global Positioning Satellite receivers (GPS) and other navigational techniques to hide & seek small hidden containers using co-ordinates given on the internet site of geocaching.com. Once the co-ordinates are entered into the small handheld GPS unit, an arrow points you in the right direction and counts down the distance as you attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. The pastime is enjoyed by children and adults alike and is a great way to explore the countryside and other places of interest that you might not otherwise have known existed.
The only necessities are a GPS device or a GPS-enabled smart phone with a geocaching app. Visit the geocaching.com website, register for a free basic membership, choose any geocache from the list and click on its name. Type in the co-ordinates of the geocache into your GPS device or send it to your smart phone. You can then access these even without a phone signal, to guide you to the hidden caches.
Based on Henry Williamson’s classic novel Tarka the Otter, this superb circular trail traces part of the otter’s journey through the Exmoor National Park and along the Exmoor and North Devon Heritage Coast.
From Barnstaple , a centuries-old market town at the head of the Taw Estuary, the Tarka Trail meanders through the heather-covered hills, ancient oakwoods and secluded river valleys of Exmoor to reach the coast at Lynmouth, and then returns to Barnstaple along one of the most spectacular stretches of coastline in the country.
Exmoor National Park
Exmoor is recognised as one of the best and most challenging off road cycling destinations in the UK. The combination of a beautiful and varied landscape and a good network of bridleways, lanes and other permitted tracks provide ample opportunity for cyclists to plan some fantastic rides.
Ilfracombe Golf Club
Hele Bay Ilfracombe EX34 9RT
Phone: 01271 862176
Clifftop golf at its best. Ilfracombe Golf Club is renowned for being well maintained and always in good condition. Offering visitors a warm welcome and a grand golfing day out with spectacular views. Discounted green fees available upon request.
Saunton Golf Club
East Course Saunton Sands Braunton EX33 1LG
Phone: 01271 812436
Already regarded as one of the best links layouts never to have hosted The Open. Set among towering sand dunes, Saunton’s layout unfolds across the wild, dramatic 1,000-acre linksland of England’s largest sand dune system (Braunton Burrow).
Royal North Devon Golf Club
Links Road Westward Ho EX39 1HD
Phone: 01237 473817
This is the home of England’s oldest links. At first glance the course looks flat and featureless – it’s only when you’re standing over the ball on the rumpled fairways traditionally tended by local grazing sheep you can appreciate its many twists, turns and little nuances.