When visiting North Devon it is hard not to put on your walking shoes and head out to one of the many fantastic footpaths. The South West Coast Path runs the entire length of the coastline and takes walkers to some of the most beautiful locations. The highest point on the path is at Great Hangman in Combe Martin. If you climb the 800 feet to the top you will be standing on the tallest cliff in Britain. As you continue around the coast witnessing incredible views you will pass through Mortehoe where at Bull Point and Morte Point you can stare down at the three beautiful North Devon beaches, Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton. This stunning pathway is well looked after and moves through Sites of Special Scientific Interest and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Whether you are looking for a casual stroll or more energetic trek, the South West Coast Path has something to offer.
Test your golfing skills at one of the many great golf courses in the area. Within a 20 mile radius of The Stables there are seven excellent courses on which to tee off. The founder of English golf, The Royal North Devon at Westward Ho! dates back to 1864 and is the oldest course in the country. The relaxed and friendly golf course is as tough as any of the UK's links and has welcomed many great players of the sport. Other courses include Portmore, Saunton, Willingcott Valley, Ilfracombe, Libbaton and Great Torrington.
Lovers of the surf will be in paradise when taking to the waves on the North Devon coast. All the beaches offer something different and can cater for all abilities. Saunton is ideal for a more smooth ride and beginners, Croyde has one of the best beach breaks in the UK and therefore attracts the more experienced surfers, and Putsborough, located in the southern corner of Woolacombe, will tend to have clean surf when nowhere else does, due to the high cliffs protecting it from the gales.
If you’re not a surfer other water sports are widely available in the area, including coasteering, windsurfing, kitesurfing, sailing and canoeing.
North Devon's diverse landscape means you can canter across open moorland or splash through the waves on a beach. Horse riding allows you to venture off the conventional footpaths and experience the landscape and scenery like never before. Many of the riding stables in the area offer both coastal and countryside treks, and can cater for all levels of experience.
The former Barnstaple to Bideford railway line is now a much loved cycle route known as the Tarka Trail. Providing excellent views of the Taw estuary the route is relatively level and ideal for families with young children. The more experienced cyclist can venture further afield, perhaps taking on some of the routes used in the Tour of Britain, including the infamous climbs around Lynton and Lynmouth and Porlock.