Great Outdoor Activities for a Holiday in North Devon

Devon is generally regarded as one of the premier UK holiday destinations, and for good reason, as this picturesque West Country region is a treasure trove of natural beauty that holds a host of outdoor activities. Ideal for families and those young, energetic couples who like extreme sports, North Devon is particularly engaging, with surfing being a major sport on this stretch of coastline, and with that in mind, here are just a few of the outdoor activities you can enjoy when visiting Devon.

Water sports

As mentioned, surfing is extremely popular on the beaches of North Devon, where you can experience some of the best waves the UK has to offer. If you would like to try your hand at water-skiing, that can be arranged, and let’s not forget the jet skis, which is an amazing experience. Many people simply enjoy the Devon beaches and are quite happy to spend their days lazing by the sea, and with so many beaches to choose from, there’s bound to be one that ticks all your boxes.

Horse riding in Devon

Horse riding

Why not explore the rolling hills on a horse? There are several stables where you can rent a horse, with or without a guide, and whether you are a beginner or an accomplished horse rider, they have something ideal. With self-catering North Devon holiday cottages that you can book online, finding the best accommodation isn’t an issue, and with a self-catering cottage, you can really enjoy your downtime.


One of the best hiking regions in the UK, Devon offers some breath-taking walks through all kinds of environments, and they have special hiking days that can be booked online. While exploring the beautiful countryside, you will encounter quaint pubs and inns, where you can sample local ale and food, while listening to locals telling stories about shipwrecks and bootlegging.

Devon coastline with boats

Experience the ocean

If you are sea person and would like a day trip off the coast of North Devon, there are local boats that take tourists to the best bays along the coastline, and they would tell you where some of the many shipwrecks are located, as many vessels succumbed to the ragged rocks on this windswept side on the country.

Quad riding

There are a few quad centres, where you can rent an ATV and explore a predefined route, all with supervision, of course, and if paintball is your thing, an online search would take you to the website of a local provider.

Whether you have a young family or semi-retired, Devon has something for everyone, and if you plan on going from May to August, make sure you book your holiday cottage well in advance. With a little online research, you can plan your daily excursions, and when you want a rest, spend the day in your luxury cottage by the sea. One thing is for sure, if you do visit Devon, it certainly won’t be the last time you experience the magic of the enchanted county of Devon.