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ATLANTIC ACTION BREAKS
If you want to catch a wave or try and catch the wind head over to North Devon for an all action break. From the wilds of Exmoor to the Atlantic Coast, North Devon's diverse and rugged landscape makes it an ideal location for enjoying action and adventure holidays. The award winning Blue Flag beaches of Croyde, Woolacombe and Westward Ho! boast miles of golden sand which make them a magnet for families and water sports enthusiasts. The surfing hot spots of Croyde and Woolacombe attract experienced surfers from all over the world, whilst other water sports enthusiasts take advantage of the uninterrupted stretch of beach and tumbling surf at Westward Ho! for sea kayaking, skim boarding, kite surfing, wake boarding and kite buggy racing. Instow is the home of the North Devon Yacht Club and it is here, where the two rivers, The Taw and the Torridge meet the ocean. The conditions here, in the Torridge Estuary are ideal for sailing, windsurfing and river kayak tours. For real salty dogs there are plenty of deep sea fishing trips, diving trips, scenic and wildlife cruises along the North Devon Heritage Coast or you can even swim with the seals off Lundy Island. Land lovers can experience some exhilarating fun clay pigeon shooting, quad biking, paint-balling, coarse fishing or angling. Walkers and ramblers can stride out across bleak moor land or along the many public footpaths which meander through wooded valleys and rolling countryside or hike along the more demanding stretches of the South West Coast Path. The less strenuous Tarka Trail is perfect for families and is enjoyed by walkers and cyclists. There are various points along the trail at Great Torrington, Bideford, Yelland and Barnstaple where you can hire a bike, trike or tandem. Novice and experienced riders can saddle up at one of a number of riding stables across the region. For stag and hen weekends or corporate events Adventure Schools, such as Skern Lodge, offer team building activities, climbing, abseiling and assault courses.
NORTH DEVON ACTION CLICKS
PLACES TO STAY. There is a variety of accommodation including apartments, cottages, lodges, holiday parks on the spectacular North Devon coast, near the South West Coast Path or rural retreats all perfect for family holidays, surfing and walking breaks.
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Booking.com
Web Cams and Eyeball Surf Check - Good Beach Guide
NORTH DEVON BEACHES
Bucks Mills - Combe Martin - Croyde Bay- Hele Bay - Puttsborough - Woolacombe - Instow - Spekes Mill - Saunton Sands - Welcombe Mouth - Westward Ho!
CHECK OUT THE GOOD BEACH GUIDE FOR MORE LOCAL BEACHES
SURFS UP
RNLI Lifeguard Beaches
Beach Safety Tips
Eyeball Surf Check
Fisher Viking. Howard's Wind Addiction Blogspot
WEATHER/MARITIME
Met Office: Weather
BBC Weather Forcast
Maritime & Coastguard Agency
North Devon Tide Prediction
ADVENTURE DAYS & EXTREME SPORTS
Skern Lodge
Ultimate Adventure Centre
North Devon Kitesurfing Lessons
North Devon Surf School
COASTEERING, CLIMBING & HIGH ROPES
The Ultimate High
MOUNTAIN BIKING
Ultimate Adventure Centre
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The National Championships, the blue ribbon event in the Mountain Bike calendar takes place in August at North Devon's South West Extreme centre (opposite the Big Sheep). Join us on facebook to see pics of the 2012 event. Click here to read all about event 2010
PAINTBALL & SURVIVAL GAMES
Book Paintballing Day in Devon and Beyond
Survival Paintball & Laser Games in North Devon
NORTH DEVON SKATE PARKS
Appledore Skate Park (Churchfields) - Bideford Skate Park (Bank End)
Braunton Bowl - Croyde Skate Park
The Benricks, Ilfracombe - Rock Skate Park, Barnstaple
Skate Park, South Molton - Torrington Skate Park
CYCLE HIRE
On the level! Enjoy a family outing on the Tarka Trail Cycle Path which meanders through the North Devon countryside and by the coast. Enjoy 21 miles of traffic-free scenery on foot or in the saddle. There are a number of places to hire bikes on the trail including Barnstaple, Bideford, Fremington, Instow and Torrington.
NATURE TRAILS, ANGLING/FISHING LOCATIONS
Fishing, Nature Trails, Canoeing, Wind Surfing, Bird Watching, Camping?
Nr. Bude, Cornwall - Tamar Lakes- Map Ref. LR190 288118
Bideford - Melbury - Map Ref.LR190 385200, Jennetts - Map Ref.LR190 443248
Torrington - Darracott - Map Ref. LR180 511212
Ilfracombe - Lower Slade - Map Ref LR180 503452
South Molton - Wistland Pond - Map Ref. LR180 642417
Exmoor
Wimbleball - POSTCODE TA22 9NU More details go to www.swlakestrust.org.uk
BOAT TRIPS & WILDLIFE CRUISES
Lundy Island - MS Oldenburg
Ilfracombe Princess
Clovelly Boat trips/angling/diving/charter trips
SAILING/KYAKING & WAKEBOARDING
North Devon Yacht Club, Training & Courses - Wimbleball Lake
Southwest Lakeside Activities

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THE GREAT OUTDOORS
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Check List For Hillwalking, Trekking, Camping, Cycling & Climbing GPS Navigation Equipment, Weatherproof map, Mobile Phone, Binoculars, Digital Camera, appropriate outdoor clothing & footwear, walking sticks, check tide times before setting out. Keeping Safe on the Coast
North Devon Tide Prediction
USEFUL MAPS & GUIDES
Weatherproof Options available
Map of Clovelly & Hartland - Explorer 126
Map of Bideford, Ilfracombe & Barnstaple - OS Explorer Map 139 (Woolacombe & Lundy)
Barnstaple & Ilfracombe - Paper maps | Landranger 180
Bude & Clovelly - Landranger 190
Map of South Molton & Chulmleigh - OS Explorer Map 127 (King’s Nympton, Chittlehampton & Dolton)
Map of Exmoor National Park - OS Explorer Map OL9 (Barnstaple, Lynton, Minehead & Dulverton)
Minehead & Brendon Hills - Landranger 181
Walk Exmoor
Exmoor and the Quantocks: Walks (Pathfinder Guide)
Exploring Green Lanes in North and North-West Devon: And the Stories They Tell
Pathfinder North Devon: Walks (Pathfinder Guides)
Pub Walks in Exmoor and North Devon (Pub Walks)
South West Mountain Biking: Quantocks, Exmoor, Dartmoor
Surfing Britain and Ireland (Footprint Activity Guide) (Footprint Surfing Britian) (Footprint Surfing Britain & Ireland)
The Tarka Trail: A Nostalgic Journey Along Old Railway Lines by Foot and Cycle (Past & Present Companions)
GOLF clubs and GOLF ranges
Bude North Cornwall - Chulmleigh
Hartland Forest - Holsworthy
Ilfracombe - Ivyleaf Golf Course
Kilkhampton - Libbaton
Mortehoe & Woolacombe
Portmore Golf Park - Saunton
Torrington - Willingcott Valley
Golf Range: Ilfracombe & Woolacombe Golf Range
LEISURE CENTRES AROUND NORTH DEVON
Barnstaple - North Devon Leisure Centre
Bideford - Torridge Swimming Pool & Fitness Suite
Holsworthy - Holsworthy Leisure Centre
Torrington - Torrington Swimming Pool & Sports
RIDING STABLES - in the saddle
Chulmleigh, Croyde, Ilfracombe, Lynton, Exmoor, Morwenstow, Parracombe, South Molton, Umberleigh, Westward Ho!, Winkleigh, Woolacombe, Woolsery
WALK THIS WAY
NORTH DEVON EASY ACCESS TRAILS IN THE NORTH DEVON AREAS OF OUTSTANDING NATURAL BEAUTY. WALKS AROUND FREMINGTON, GEORGEHAM, HARTLAND AND WESTWARD HO! Click here to download a selection of easy to use walks specially selected to ensure that everyone can enjoy the delights of the North Devon Coastal landscapes. Routes have been upgraded with difficult stiles removed and are coded on ability with some suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs"
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Biosphere, Braunton Burrows
Northam Burrows Country Park - Tarka Trail
Southwest Coast Path - Hartland Point - Peppercombe Valley
Dartmoor National Park - Exmoor National Park

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Don't Miss out - Make sure you are included in the North Devon Action Focus. This page may be of interest to anyone in the North Devon Leisure and Tourism Industry who offer equipment hire, guided tours, lessons, tuition or instruction in coast and countryside pursuits such as cycle hire, golf, horse riding, life-saving, surfing, shooting, angling, fishing, sailing, wind surfing, surfing, kayaking etc. plus anyone specialising in educational courses, nature walks, hiking, rambling boat trips, wildlife and bird watching. The North Devon Focus site may also be of interest to those who wish to promote action adventure holidays, sport activity days or specialist coast and countryside action breaks - please contact us if you would like to promote your North Devon Leisure Services
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