Parks and Open Spaces

Torridge District Council maintains a number of parks, woodland, play areas, open spaces and amenity areas throughout the district.

Torridge Parks

Please use the interactive map below to access details of Torridge's parks. Information about each park can be accessed by clicking on the green trees. Please note that some parks are owned by Town Councils (where indicated) and you should contact them directly with any queries, complaints or maintenance issues

View Torridge Parks in a larger map

Pitch Hire

The Council has various sporting pitches that are available to hire. These prices include VAT at 20% (not applicable to hire of the pavilion). However, for block bookings of 10 with no more than a two-week gap between each date, charges become exempt from VAT. The 2020-21 fees (per game) are:

Football Pitches               £47.00                       
Cricket Pavilion£11:00
Rugby Pitch£47.00
Cricket Grass Wicket£53:00
Cricket Artificial Wicket£18:00
Standard Youth Hire£16:00

For further information on hiring our facilities please contact the Leisure Services Team on (01237) 428700 or email: leisure@torridge.gov.uk

Play Areas and Open Spaces

Torridge District Council maintains a number of Play Areas and Public Open Spaces in the area.  Some play areas and open spaces may still be the responsibility of a private developer. They will only become the responsibility of the Council should the developer approach us to have them adopted. We will only adopt play areas and open spaces if they are up to an "adoptable standard" and we usually require a commuted sum for ongoing maintenance.

Grazing and Fishing Rights

Grazing of Animals

The only grazing on Council-controlled areas is that relating to Northam Burrows.

The  Burrows is Common land and still actively grazed by the 'Potwallopers' of the ancient manor of Northam .  The rights of common are to graze 1200 sheep and 100 horses  plus the right to "air and exercise" which is taken as the right of pedestrian access.  In the summer months and holiday season there is a toll charge for the passage of vehicles onto the common.

For further information, please refer to our Northam Burrows Pages


The Council does not provide facilities for fishing from any of its riverbank or foreshore land.  Fishing Licences or 'Rod Licences' are issued by the Environment Agency, details are available online at The Environment Agency Website

Torridge river and estuary access

The iconic river that runs through the heart of our District offers many opportunities for leisure and pleasure activities.  The following link provides guidance and a code of conduct of how to utilise and make the most of our wonderful asset. pdf icon Estuary access and conduct [636kb]


  • Parks and Play Areas

    Torridge District Council maintain some of the following Parks and Play Areas

  • Cliff and Beach Safety

    Landslips and rock falls are common along this stretch of the North Devon coast, which is constantly eroding and can occur at ANY time. However, exceptional rainfall may contribute to the frequency of falls and possible landslides.

  • Westward Ho! beach

    Westward Ho! beach