Activity Centres

A small scale all-weather activity centre focussed on the under 8 age group.

A small indoor entertainment facility just up the road, with a Burger King next door. The complex includes ten-pin bowling (with bumpers for younger children), skating on a synthetic ‘ice’ rink, pool, snooker, arcade games and a small soft play area.

Coasteering, assault course, high ropes, 8 metre climbing wall, mountain biking...high octane supervised activities for children over ten and adults. 

If you’re looking for fun days out and things to do in Devon, The Milky Way Adventure Park has it all! Ride the Cosmic Typhoon roller coaster, have a bumping good time on the droid destroyer dodgems and go wild in North Devon’s biggest indoor adventure play area with assault courses & slides built for adults & children.

 

Big scale fun, food and multiple activities for all ages, indoors and out. From an under 2’s play zone to lamb feeding to mountain boarding to zip wires...and even a brewery tour...

 

Beaches/Surfing

Learn to surf at Surf South West's surf school at Croyde Bay in Devon and Saunton Sands.

If you want to learn to surf in Croyde, you’ve come to the right place. We believe our surf school is Devon’s best surf tuition outlet. Our Surfing GB approved Surf School offers a range of surf experiences that cater for all levels and experiences.

Pointbreaks offer surfing lessons at Croyde and Puttsborough.

Learn to surf with the North Devon Surf School, one of the longest established surfing schools in the UK, running lessons for over 25 years! The surf school, surf shop and café are just 50 metres from Westward Ho! beach.

Choose from a range of surf lessons at Hunter Surf School in Woolacombe.

A popular holiday destination with 3 miles of surfing seas and sandy beach backed by a pebble ridge and grasslands. Numerous pubs, cafes and restaurants.

A popular seaside resort with a holiday village, pubs, restaurants and a huge Blue Flag surfing beach. A mile beyond Woolacombe is Mortehoe, a picturesque village standing above the secluded Rockham bay which is worth a visit at low tide to explore the rock pools.

3 miles of beach backed by Braunton Burrows, one of the largest sand dune systems in Britain and a Unesco Biosphere Reserve. Good surfing and a beach shop and cafe.

Renowned as one of the cleanest and most beautiful beaches in England and the only local beach sheltered from South Westerly winds. This is the tranquil end of a 3 mile beach which extends to Woolacombe (see below). Good swimming and surfing and a beach shop and cafe.

A long thin stretch of sand (at high tide) and a much larger beach (at low tide), calm waters, sailing and windsurfing. Fisherman’s cottages mix with shops, pubs and restaurants. The Tarka Trail passes through Instow and this section is also part of the South West Coast Path.

Wide sandy beach and excellent surfing with lifeguard patrols May to September (do not venture beyond the safety flags). A bustling village in summer.

Cycling/Walking

This National Trail is one of the most beautiful walks in Britain. Our nearest access to the trail follows the old railway line from Barnstaple railway station (see ‘Tarka Trail’), but there are also fabulous (and more strenuous) walks . Stroll across the beaches from Croyde to Woolacombe and trek via Morte Point and Bull Point to Ilfracombe. From Ilfracombe there’s a lovely walk to Combe Martin and from there through the Valley of the Rocks to Lynmouth. And Lynmouth to Porlock covers much of the spectacular Exmoor coastline.

 

There are over 1000km of footpaths and bridleways in the Exmoor National Park – by rivers, on open heather covered moorland and through woodland, the variety is vast and we don’t have the space here to do it justice. Certainly the 2,000 acres of Watersmeet (Lynmouth EX35 6NT, 24.4 miles from Corffe Hill Cottages) are worth a visit; a deep river gorge, tumbling waterfalls and a cream team at Watersmeet House! There’s lots more information on Exmoor at the Lynmouth National Park Centre, Lyndale Car Park, Lynmouth (Tel:01598 752 509)

Over 30 miles of flat traffic free cycling on a disused railway path. You can join the Tarka Trail at Barnstaple railway station and head up to Braunton (6 miles) or out towards Instow (6 miles), Bideford (9 miles), Great Torrington (14 miles), and to Meeth (25 miles)
Cycles can be hired from Tarka Trail Cycle Hire at Barnstaple Railway Station (01271 324 202); generally open mid March to late October and open 7 days 09:15-17:00

Fishing/Boat Trips

Britain’s only Marine Nature Reserve and a wealth of flora and fauna to enjoy. There are day trips from Bideford from April to October.

Coastal cruise on the Ilfracombe Princess, Ilfracombe (17.6 miles from Corffe Hill Cottages).

Osprey Charters offer mackerel fishing trips with rods, tackle and bait supplied.

Golf

36 of the finest seaside links holes in the country. The East course is ranked 31st in the British isles (above Wentworth, Gleneagles and other greats)

The Royal North Devon Golf Club in Westward Ho is the oldest course in England and Wales and features in Golf World’s ‘100 courses in the world that every golfer must play’.

9 hole (par 3) and 18 hole courses and a decent driving range. Unpretentious and inexpensive in the heart of North Devon.

Homes/Gardens

A beautiful stately home set in magnificent gardens. Worth including in an Instow visit.

 

RHS Garden Rosemoore in Great Torrington offers 65 acres of beautiful Royal Horticultural Society formal and informal gardens, woodlands and water features. There’s a children’s trail, family picnic and play areas and a restaurant and tea rooms.

 

Many collections of plants including a huge variety of camellias, magnolias and rhododendron. There are plenty of plants for sale and a tea room to rest weary limbs.

A Regency house with treasures from model ships to shells and a National Trust Carriage Museum.

Horse Riding

Shelley’s riding school is a small and friendly yard situated on the edge of Braunton, within easy reach of Barnstaple and Ilfracombe. This location provides the riding school with fantastic long country tracks for those longer canters and some very scenic hacking.

Woolacombe Riding Stables nestles in the valley of Woolacombe. We are a British Horse Society and Pony Club approved equestrian centre.  We have recently become the 1st Riding stables to become Clubmark accredited in North Devon. Apart from the staff having their BHS qualifications all full time staff have emergency first aid and child protection certificates.

We are the perfect place to choose when looking to combine a holiday in Devon and further develop your passion for horses. Discover North Devon’s breathtaking scenery, quaint thatched cottages, beautiful wildlife and our golden sandy beaches from horseback.

Already a well known equestrian destination, through our riding centre and livery yard, the addition of our large indoor arena in 2014 has made Mullacott Event Centre a very popular venue with some of the best facilities in the area.

Theatre/Cinema

Scott's Cinemas in Barnstaple

Karting/Quad Bikes

North Devon Karting in Barnstaple have karts for all ages and abilities. They have a fleet of state of the art karts just waiting for you to take the wheel.

Mullacott Quad Bike Centre in Ilfracombe, Devon. Whether you are an experienced off roader or a first timer, Mullacott Quads in North Devon is the place for you. With the helpful assistance of our very experienced instructors, you will be amazed by the level of riding you will achieve in just one session.

Towns

On flat ground high above the river Torridge, the town has a market, theatre, cinema and art gallery plus, of course, shops, pubs and restaurants. Also see above ‘places of interest’ - Dartington Crystal and RHS Rosemoor, and ‘local produce’ – the Soap Kitchen Plus.

Two villages connected in 1890 by a unique water-powered cliff railway. A pretty village resort made popular in Victorian times and from which a walk to the Valley of the Rocks is highly recommended.

A busy holiday town with fishing boats and yachts moored in the harbour. The town houses the Landmark Theatre and many restaurants including Damien Hirst’s restaurant 11 The Quay. Also see above ‘boat trips/fishing’, ‘karting/quad bikes’ and ‘horse riding’.

A day trip to the historic city of Exeter and its cathedral is worthwhile. As you would expect from the county town of Devon, Exeter has an extensive range of retail and leisure facilities. Trains run regularly from Barnstaple railway station (EX31 2AU ) 4.3 miles awayto Exeter Central...its slow (1 hour) but the scenery is beautiful.

One of the most visited villages in North Devon. A traffic free village hanging on a 400ft cliff, cobbled streets and an ancient and beautiful harbour with working boats. Also see above ‘boat trips/fishing’

Once one of the busiest ports in England, only a few fishing and cargo boats now operate from Bideford, but the 17th century houses and the recently widened Quay survive. Bideford attracts thousands of visitors in fancy dress each year to see in the New Year in the packed Quayside Inns and clubs. Also see above ‘places of interest’, Lundy Island.

A sleepy fishing village which hosts a Visual Arts festival in June and which houses the North Devon Maritime Museum. There’s crabbing off the quay for those with a line, a few slices of bacon and some patience...

Restaurants

The Terra Madre restaurant has good home-made mediterranean inspired cuisine and sits within extensive sculpture gardens; well worth a visit for lunch or dinner...or just wander around the gardens and enjoy a Devon cream tea.

Lilico's Tapas Lounge & Bar is the perfect setting for a relaxed tapas meal. Lively, atmospheric and good authentic Spanish tapas

 

A regular Pizza Express but in what it claims to be the oldest building in the oldest town in the oldest county!

Pizzas and pastas aplenty and a spacious and light room.

Experience finest Nepalese and Indian Cuisine at Gurkha Restaurant,Barnstaple. Lovely people and delicious food.

Classic fish & chips – eat in or takeaway –worth the drive.

Not exclusively fish, but fish is what it’s known for. An ‘adult haven’ so not for children under the age of 12.

A small well-reviewed husband and wife owned establishment in Northam with local produce cooked to order.

 

Claytons Lounge Bar on the ground floor is great for shared platters, small plate dishes and light lunches. The Glasshouse is a rooftop restaurant and terrace with more substantial dishes.

Nice setting, friendly atmosphere and a good varied menu – lots of fresh seafood as you’d expect. There is a good sized bar food area and an excellent separate restaurant.

An uninspiring building from the outside but a great menu and reasonable prices. There’s a take-away option too.

Asian fine dining in Barnstaple. Good food, setting and service reflected in the price.

Ethnic decor, a friendly welcome and excellent food. Pricey but pleasant.

Traditional Pubs

A lovely recently refurbished quayside inn overlooking the estuary. A good menu and specials board, draught ales and ciders and decent selection of wines.

A self-proclaimed ‘proper’ Devon pub with local ciders and ales and a decent menu.

Hearty traditional locally sourced pub food... and cream teas.

A 17th Century Inn with real ales, extensive wine list and generous portions of fresh food.

Good locally sourced British food with roasts on Sunday’s. It’s only a short drive away.

Great traditional pub grub. Small, friendly, characterful and close to the cottages.

A popular village pub in Bideford with a Sunday lunch carvery.

Friendly pub overlooking the estuary with plenty of fresh fish on the specials board.

Good selection of beers, burgers, bangers, bolognaise and plenty besides.

Just up the road this converted Victorian house and conservatory are set in a 3 acre garden. The restaurant serves a British menu using seasonal produce.

Local Produce/Crafts

Watch craftsmen at work transforming hot molten crystal into elegant glass shapes. There’s a visitor centre too where you can paint your own glass, create your own jewellery or have a hand or foot cast made as a keepsake.

Right in the town centre; a wide range of stalls with fresh local produce, flowers, crafts and more. Open 6 days a week through most of the year. The Farmers Market is on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Open 2nd Saturday of the month 9:30-12:30

Every Thursday and Saturday 08:00-13:00.

30 years experience of cider making and a selection of sparkling ciders and scrumpy to sample for those not driving!

Over 100 varieties of cheese around half of which are sourced from local suppliers, plus handmade chutney and relishes and some local wines and ciders to wash it down!

Natural handmade soaps and toiletries in Torrington

Devon wines and guided vineyard tours in Okehampton.

Supermarkets

Everything you need to feed the family, fill up your car, withdraw some cash and take away a headache.

This is the closest supermarket to Corffe Hill Cottages – it has everything from a pharmacy to photo processing , from newspapers, books, DVDs and computer games to clothes and, yes there of aisles and aisles of food. There’s also a petrol station and ATM.

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