Activities in Torridge
It is not referred to as the ‘adventure’ coast for no reason! Whether you are staying inland, or on the coast- there are plenty of activities to keep you and your party busy.
Along with the better-known North Devon beaches (Croyde, Woolacombe etc.) Westward Ho! Is a great spot for surfing and it offers over two miles of sandy beach. It experiences few rip tides or under water obstructions making it one of the safest beaches in Devon. The beach can be surfed at all states of the tide although at high tide, the wave breaks onto a pebble ridge making it tricky to get out of the sea! There are a couple of surf hire stores and surf schools in Westward Ho!, ideal if you are a rookie.
For traffic free cycling, the Tarka Trail is a cycle path that connects Meeth to Braunton with spectacular views. En route you will experience many wildlife habitats including estuary mud flats, oak woodland, meadows and more. You will also travel past picturesque towns and villages such as Torrington and Bideford where there are ample opportunities for quick drink and a bite to eat.
Whether you are an avid hiker, or someone after a family stroll, or simply seeking a stunning viewpoint- Torridge has options for everyone. If you are near the coast, the South-West coast path provides breath-taking views and walks of varying lengths. Or head to one of the many Nature reserves and gardens to immerse yourself in nature as you stretch your legs.
Coasteering & Climbing
The rugged cliff line around Hartland provides scenic opportunities for Coasteering and Climbing. For those interested in having a go, check out the activities that Skern Lodge offer and get the adrenaline pumping!
Torridge falls within the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere and North Devon Natural Landscape (formerly Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or AONB) because of its varied landscape and ample flora and fauna. The landscape ranges from wild coastal cliffs, waterfalls, and sandy dunes to ancient woodlands and steep valleys. Wildlife is rich throughout the area, particularly on Lundy Island where an abundance of sea birds such as Puffins, and marine life including the common seal, can be spotted. Inland nature reserves are also a haven for rare butterflies, otters, woodpeckers, and roe deer, to name a few.
Mountain biking around Bideford and Torrington is a great way to experience more of the landscape. Check out what routes other people have biked on Komoot.com
Hartland, Black Torrington and Sheepwash experience some of the darkest skies in the region. Look up and you can experience thousands of stars with your naked eye, even the milky way if you are lucky.