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Activities

The natural environment of Torridge provides the perfect opportunity for a whole range of activities in stunning surroundings.

Walking

The South West Peninsula Coast Path (The South West Way)
This is Britain's longest footpath stretching over 600 miles from Somerset to Dorset. The North Devon section of the Coast Path is 90 miles (140km) long and boasts some of the most spectacular scenery of it all.

South West Coast Path

The Tarka Trail
This 180 mile (280km) trail follows a figure of eight path centring in North Devon. It takes the walker through a variety of Devon scenery including peaceful countryside, wooded valleys, rugged moorland and coastline. Details of these and many more walks are available from the local Tourist Information Centres. Some can offer self guided or guided walks.

Ruby Country Initiative
This is a new regeneration project in and around Holsworthy and Hatherleigh that will create a series of circular routes in this area of unspoilt countryside. A number of circular walks are already available in the area and further details can be obtained from the local Tourist Information Centre or from the Project Co-ordinator on 01409 220036.

The new public bridleway from Thorndon Cross to Venndown Gate near Okehampton has been completed by Devon County Council. The 3km stretch follows a former railway track which runs parallel to the A3079 Okehampton to Holsworthy Road and its creation follows extensive negotiation and agreement with landowners.

For information on local walking guides and a host of other activities including cycling, climbing and horse riding, go to the North Devon and Exmoor Leisure Guides Co-operative.

Cycling

The Tarka Trail
A section of the trail offers traffic free, flat cycling along the disused railway line from Braunton to Petrockstowe. The route offers over 30km of safe cycling making it ideal for families. The Tarka Trail is available to cyclists between Braunton and Meeth, using the old railways of North Devon. Passing through the largely unspoilt countryside as it was described by Henry Williamson in his classic novel 'Tarka the Otter' first published in 1927.

National Cycle Network
Route 3 of the National Cycle Network now passes through North Devon joining the Tarka Trail at Petrockstowe and continues through Great Torrington, Bideford and Barnstaple onto Exmoor and runs along the edge of the moor before descending into Dulverton.

Ruby Trails
In addition to the walking trails mentioned above, this project will also establish a number of cycling routes and will culminate with the completion of an off road cycle route between Holsworthy and Hatherleigh, linking up to the Tarka Trail and thereby providing one of the longest stretches of off-road cycle route in the country. For further information contact the Project Co-ordinator on 01409 220036 or the local Tourist Information Centre.

The whole area offers a series of quiet country lanes ideal for exploring the local countryside. Cycle hire is readily available locally at Bideford, Great Torrington and Halwill Junction. Contact local Tourist Information Centres for further details.

Golf

Hartland Forest Golf Club, Hartland. Tel: 01237 431442
9 holes, 18 tees. 5641 yds.

Holsworthy Golf Course, Pyworthy, Holsworthy. Tel: 01409 253177/254771
18 holes. 6000 yds.

Libbaton Golf Club, High Bickington, Umberleigh. Tel: 01769 560269
18 holes, 6482 yds.

Royal North Devon, Westward Ho! Tel: 01237 473817
18 holes. 6444 yds.

Torrington Golf Club, Weare Trees, Great Torrington. Tel: 01805 622229/623878
9 holes. 2205 yds.

Coarse and Trout Fishing

Jennets, Bideford (8 acres)
Open all year 6.30am - 10.00pm. Permits required - available from Bideford TIC and other agents.
For further information telephone South West Lakes Trust on 01288 321262.

Darracott, Great Torrington (3 acres)
Open all year, 24 hours a day. Permits required - available from Bideford TIC and other agents.
For further information telephone South West Lakes Trust on 01288 321262.

Melbury, Bideford (12 acres)
Open all year 6.30am - 10.00pm. Permits required - available from Bideford TIC and other agents.
For further information telephone South West Lakes Trust on 01288 321262.

Upper Tamar Lake, nr Bude (81 acres)
Open all year, 24 hours a day. Permits required - available from self service unit in car park and other agents.
For further information telephone South West Lakes Trust on 01288 321262.

Roadford, between Launceston and Okehampton (738 acres)
Open all year for natural brown trout fishing. Permits required - available from the on-site Angling and Watersports Centre. Telephone 01409 211507 for further information.
 

Sea Fishing

Trips available from:

Appledore with Tarka Cruises. Telephone 01237 476191/477505.

Clovelly. Telephone 01237 475535.

Other Activities

Adventure
Skern Lodge Outdoor Activity Centre offers a wide range of adventure activities including archery, RIB powerboat rides, surfing, climbing, canoeing and lots more. Tel: 01237475992.

Boat Trips
Tarka Cruises, Appledore offer trips along the estuary to see wildlife. Tel: 01237 476191.

Riding
A number of registered riding stables exist throughout the area catering for riders at all levels. These include Folly Foot in Westward Ho! and Kingsland at Woolsery. For further details, contact the local Tourist Information Centres.

Surfing
Learn to surf with the North Devon Surf School. The school is based at Westward Ho! beach, North Devon. Surfing lessons, surfing courses and equipment hire are available.
 
North Devon Surf School,
PO Box 146,
Bideford,
Devon,
EX39 9AY,
Tel. 01237 474663

Email: info@northdevonsurfschool.co.uk
Web: www.northdevonsurfschool.co.uk

Surf South West - learn to surf with an approved school. Equipment hire. Tel: 01271 890400.

Sailing, Windsurfing and Canoeing
Roadford Lake, nr Launceston - 738 acres and one of the largest watersports centres in the region. Telephone 01409 211507 (South West Lakes Trust).

Upper Tamar Lake, nr Bude  - 81 acres with the opportunity to try your hand at dinghy sailing, windsurfing, surf skiing and kayaking. Telephone 01288 321712 (South West Lakes Trust).