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Special Experiences North Devon

Special Experiences North Devon

Special Experiences North Devon really is the perfect location to explore North Devon because we have on our doorstep beaches, Braunton Burrows and the Tarka Trail but then within half an hour you can experience the very best of adventures, something for everyone. To be able to have these special days out and then return here for comfort and fantastic amenities, and enjoy our gardens with a picnic or BBQ. What could be better ?

Let me wet your appetite with some top 10 listed best hidden beaches with these 3 for swimming and diving.

Broad Sands near Combe Martin

220 steep steps down but worth the effort if you want to act out Pirates of the Caribbean start shooting. A look out, double fronted cove, turquoise waters and caves to swim to and explore are Turks Cave and Golden Cove.

Speke Mills Mouth Hartland

Waterfalls, rock pools and ship wrecks. A photographers dream.

Woody Bay Martinhoe

An ancient cobbled track leads to waterfall and beyond to a semi natural rock pool to swim in stunning Exmoor surroundings.


Experienced divers will be thrilled at the 40 dive sites around Lundy to view ship wrecks, reefs, drop offs and pinnacles in the company of some very friendly seals.Diving schools available are Ilfracombe & North Devon Scuba Diving for age 15 plus. Easy Divers, North Devon and the Snorkelling or Scuba Diving Hartland Peninsula.


Saunton Golf Club is ranked in the top 100 in the world and many famous people have played there. Located just 2 miles from Braunton there are 2 championship 18 hole courses to choose. Many golfers come to do them both. Set amongst the Braunton Burrows and views over Saunton Beach makes for a feel good experience on location alone, with the vast dune system one could build 15 golf courses.

Special Experiences North Devon Top Golf Courses

Special Experiences North Devon Top Golf Courses


North Devon is a hot spot for surfers because there are so many beaches with the right conditions for great surf as well as for learning and all close by.

Saunton Beach

Has a gentle wave and ideal for learners and long boarders.

Special Experiences North Devon Beachside Grill restaurant overlooking Saunton Beach

Special Experiences North Devon Beachside Grill restaurant overlooking Saunton Beach

Croyde Bay

Has one of the best beach breaks with low tide barrels but gets busy in summer.


Is right to left and is great on all tides. Plenty of space .


Is sheltered for a cleaner surf and is down from Woolacombe but less people.


Is for advanced surf with reef break.


Is also for the advanced with a point break surf. Beware of rips and rocks.

Westward Ho !

is right to left and good for beginners with no hazzards.

Horse Riding

Ever wanted to gallop on a horse across the beach ? There are many stables but nearest and best are Roylands Riding Stables in Croyde and Mullacott Farm near Ilfracombe both offer beach rides as well as country. Mullacott also have one of the best quad bike courses in the country.

Hang Gliding

Fly Like A Bird literally next to the Buzzards looking down over the North Devon countryside and Woolacombe Bay. A wonderful breathtaking experience. Recommended tandem ride with ” Fly Like A Bird ”  £129 for this experience.


Baggy Point is the perfect place for the adrenaline sport of coasteering and just 2 miles from here for progressive jumps and sea caves book Extreme Coasteering.

Bird Watching

Calling all photographers and twitchers , welcome to bird watching heaven. Too many to list but a short list is Spoonbill, Little Egret, Peregrines, Heron, kingfisher, Wigeon, Teal, Merlin, Kestrel, Buzzard, Shoveler, Pintail and many more reside in this beautiful North Devon countryside, and estuaries, beaches and woodlands.


Rental of kayaks are at most locations but the Surfside Kayak Hire at Combe Martin is very popular due to it’s sheltered calm waters. Also try South West Kayaking Adventures. If you are looking buy Kayaks or any surf equipment and clothing then we have our own suppliers here in Braunton and due to it’s quality has featured in Bond films is Reeds Chillcheaters.

Fishing lakes and sea and rivers

Take your pick of coast line. Off the rocks, on the boats or beaches, and for coarse fishing one of many Riverton Lakes Barnstaple, and even closer Little Comfort Farm. South Molton fly fishing and the river Taw.

Rock Climbing

Special Experiences North Devon We have a great UK Climbing site near us, just 2 miles from Baggy Point. The largest indoor wall is near South Molton.