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What can you do in Devon?

Go Ape! Haldon nr Exeter

The real question is: what can’t you do in Devon?

Visit Devon and you can learn to surf in the spectacularly rugged coastline of north Devon, head out on your bike into the hills of Exmoor National Park, trek the South West Coast Path in south Devon, try your hand at sailing from Dartmouth or Salcombe. Why not take the kids and explore the Geopark on the English Riviera or try coasteering, jet skiing or scuba diving? Discover the wilder side of Devon by climbing a tor or camping under the stars, or fish the Dart on Dartmoor National Park, swing through the trees or power down the woodland tracks at Haldon Forest.

You can even ski all year round at the Plymouth Ski and Snowboard Centre, or just go for a stroll in the fresh air and the glorious countryside. The South West's largest indoor climbing wall at Quay Climbing Centre in Exeter's Historic Quayside is a must for any climbing enthusiast, try the indoor climbing wall (great for all ages and abilities) at Rock & Rapid near South Molton, or have a go at a huge range of adventure activities with a specialist company such as Reach Outdoors or The Ultimate Adventure Centre. And those with particular accessibility requirements could be able to try climbing, abseiling, kayaking and a whole host of exciting activities at Calvert Trust Exmoor, which has won awards from both Visit Devon and Visit England for its great inclusivity.


Skimming through wonderful scenery, unspoilt villages and wild moorlands - there are nearly 150 miles of the National Cycle Network in Devon. Coast or country, moorland or canal, straight line or circle, there is a wonderful abundance of family-friendly rides to suit all moods in Devon, anything from 3 to 30 miles. If you don't have your own bikes, no problem - you can hire them locally. Try the stunning route through North Devon on the Tarka Trail, one of the many routes around Plymouth, or the Exe Estuary Trail, a 20 mile cycle ride around the glorious River Exe estuary. Designed to give visitors memories to treasure, you'll find these routes exciting yet safe for families and novice cyclists - and you can find more great routes on the Explore Devon site

See this great video for a fantastic 50 mile cycle route in North Devon that takes in beautiful beaches and glorious countryside:


Walking in DevonWalking in Devon

Discover Devon on foot - you'll find walks for everyone and, with its mild climate, unspoilt beauty, peace and tranquillity, Devon is the perfect place for walkers to explore. Short stroll or epic hike, summer or winter walking, take your choice of miles of Devon's exhilarating views, gently rolling countryside, high moorland, river valleys and some of the finest stretches of coastline in Britain - what more could you ask? 

Anglers Paradise

Serious sport or a day's excitement for the family, Devon's multitude of fishing spots will give you the perfect answer. For sea fishing trips and the thrill of wrestling with vigorous mackerel or pollock, try BrixhamExmouth or Appledore. Flick a fly for trout on the Exe and Tamar, two of Devon's many rivers justly popular for fly fishing. Spend a satisfying day at one of the dozens of lakes and reservoirs kept well stocked with carp, rudd, tench and ghosties. All along Devon's coastlines, breakwaters, rocks and beaches offer superb spots for reeling in a fine dogfish or bass.


Push out your boundaries and discover how wet and wild Devon watersports can be. Whether you fancy sharing the joys of sailing with your family, Paddling along rivers and canals, paddle boarding or wild swimming, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere to rival our beautiful county. Year round, surfers can enjoy the thrill of riding world class waves on both South Devon and North Devon coasts.  For messing about on the water, Devon is unbeatable. Try sailing in TorquayDartmouth or Plymouth (do visit the award-winning Mayflower Marina) or kayaking on Dartmoor and the River Torridge.  Why not Canoe the coves in Brixham or try a spot of coasteering.


Golf in Devon

Devon really is a mecca for golfers, so whether you're a beginner or sport an impressive handicap you're sure to enjoy every minute. Test your nerve and your touch on some of the finest golf courses in England, set in glorious wooded parklands, rolling countryside or coastal links. England's oldest links course is to be found in North Devon and provides inviting challenges for the best of the world's golfers. Want to improve your game - or never swung a club? Teams of professionals will be only to happy to give you all the tuition you want. Come to Devon and you will be in golfer's heaven! With over 50 courses to choose from, all set in our beautiful countryside, you will find a course to suit every level and every mood.

Horse riding in Devon

Horse riding on Dartmoor

Come to the Wild West, Devon-style! Saddle up and try pony trekking through Devon. Ride across open moor, hack down country lanes, or - for the more adventurous - gallop along the beach. Beginners or more experienced horse riders, all agree that the joys of trekking across Dartmoor or Exmoor are hard to beat. You can ride out on the open moor, trot along woodland trails and bridleways, or follow in the hoofprints of medieval traders along the historic byways linking towns and villages. Enjoy the idyllic Devon country lanes of the Blackdown Hills or Ruby Country.

A delightful variety of spectacular and picturesque long-distance footpaths awaits you in Devon. Some have literary connections, others historic, but all have fascinating points of interest. The Two Moors Way is taxing, but rewards with wonderful contrasts of scenery.


Find out more

Read our expert guides, including paddleboarding,coasteering and geocaching in Devon
Find sporting events in Devon
Find family-friendly things to do in Devon

Stef Fox Adcock


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