Short walks to hill climbs
There are plenty of places to walk in and around Hartland, one of our favourite’s is the coastal path that runs through The National Trust’s East Titchberry farm and loops around in a figure of 8 over to Exmansworthy. Visit the Southwest Coast Path website which features all the coastal walks along the North Devon cliffs, there is a fantastic 10 miler that runs from Hartland quay to Clovelly. The Tarka Trail runs from Bideford up the coast to Barnstaple, there are plenty of walks and cycleways around this area all following the disused south west railway line, there’s some beautiful views along the way, definitely worth a look and take a camera!
The coastline offers plenty of challenging climbs for competent climbers but if you fancy giving it a try you can visit the Ultimate Adventure Centre at Abbotsham, Bideford. Offering climbing, coasteering and also the new…Ultimate Wipeout! Visitwww.theultimatehigh.com for more info. Or why not head out across the moors for some free climbing and pop into Tavistock’s great climbing wall The Barn. http://www.barnclimbingwall.co.uk/
Cycling in North Devon is not for the faint hearted, everytime you over a come a hill there’s another one on the horizon. If you’re up to it though it’s a great way to get about. The National Cycle route No. 3 which connects Bristol with Lands End runs along part of the Tarka trail at Barnstaple through to Bude, for more information please visit the sustrans website.
At Gooseham Barton in Morwenstow, Cornwall you can ride in beautiful surroundings on the North Cornwall and North Devon coast. They cater for all ages, beginners and the experienced rider, and you can trust that they have right horse or pony for everyone. This is ideal for families with mixed interests and helping hands are always welcome around the yard. Horse riding can be booked when you are here or arrangements can be made before your arrival. About 30 horses and ponies are resident on the farm with some old faithfuls in retirement. Ranging in size from 10hh to 17hh and they will allocate mounts to suit size and ability. Tel:01288 331204 for more information.
In the sea
Surfing is a must in these parts if you’ve never had a chance to give it a go sign up with a surf school for a lesson. There is an abundance of Surf schools in the area, we like the Big Blue Surf School. Based in Bude, the school is run by Matt, all 3 of our kids have been taught by him and we can’t recommend him highly enough. Big Blue offer group lessons, private coaching sessions as well board and wetsuit hire. To book a lesson give them a call on 01288331764 or pop into the Fat Face store situated on the main High Street in Bude (this is also the meeting point). You can surf all year round, in fact, the best Atlantic swells hit the coast in the winter so the surf can be perfect (and far less crowded)
For more info visit: www.bigbluesurfschool.co.uk.
Watersports @ Tamar lakes
Outdoor + Active are based just outside of Bude, Tamar Lakes is made up of an upper and lower lake and nature reserve. The centre offers a whole range of watersports activities including kayaking, windsurfing as well as boating. You can hire the kit or arrange to have a lesson, from 2 hour tasters to full multi-activity days. If you have your own dinghy or kayak you can also use the lake for a small launch fee. If you don’t fancy getting on the water you can always enjoy a walk or cycle around the lakes or go fishing. For more information visit: www.swlakestrust.org.uk
Address: Near Bude, Cornwall, EX23 9SB
Opening hours: From April – September for the full program (however some activities are available outside of these dates).
Scuba Diving & Snorkelling
The Hartland Peninsula is known for its crystal clear waters and perfect diving and snorkelling conditions. Many diving clubs from around the country visit the peninsula and Lundy Island which is Britains only Marine Nature Reserve. You’ll find lobsters, rare corals, wrecks and even grey seals. For more information on boat hire please visit: www.hartlandpeninsula.co.uk
The best place to experience the dramatic North Devon and Cornwall coastline is from the sea itself. Take a guided tour along the rugged coastline in a sea kayak with shoreline activities who offer half day introductory course to full day guided tours. Launching from Bude they can cover both the north Cornwall and Devon coast including Hartland Quay. To find out more please visit: www.shorelineactivities.co.uk.
North Devon Wake Park
Cable Wakeboarding is similar to skateboarding and surfing, except your feet are strapped in and it’s on water. Also, you hold onto a handle so that an overhead cable can pull you along. An important part of the park are it’s obstacles which float under the cable. A little like ramps and rails in a skateboard park. Once you have mastered the basics, you can progress over these obstacles. They cater to all levels of riders and provide everything you need in your session. The price you pay includes the CWB wakeboard, helmet and buoyancy aid. For more information call visit: www.northdevonwakepark.co.uk