Things to do...

Surfing at the Big Blue Surf School in Bude

The Hartland Peninsula is an area of outstanding natural beauty with plenty to explore in and around the Hartland coast as well as a little further a field and throughout North Devon. We've put together a list of things available to see and do in the surrounding area. Below is out top 5...

1. Surfing

The surf in North Devon is great with popular beaches such as Woolacombe, Bude, Braunton and Westward Ho! just a few miles up the coast. There's loads of great surf schools in the area, check out Big Blue Surf School in Bude for a session with Jon Price, coach to the British surfing team. If you just want to get out there visit eyeball surfcheck for live webcams, tide times and daily weather conditions for the entire North Devon Coast.

2. Tarka trail

The Tarka Trail runs for 180 miles from Barnstaple to Bideford. Whilst you can walk the route you can also cycle along the trail which is also connect to the National Cycle Network’s Devon coast to coast path which runs all the way down to Plymouth on the South Coast. We’ve explored many parts of the path as you can join the route at any point. Enjoy the beautiful sea views at ay time fo year.

3. Lundy Island

Lying just off the coast and visible from the Hartland Peninsula Lundy is a small island inhabited by just 28 people. With some of the worlds most unique Flora and Fauna found on the island and as a result became England's first Marine Conervation Zone. The island is manged by the Landmark trust and a fee of £5 upon admission. Accessible by boat from Clovelly (visit Clovelly Charters for more info) and Bideford (visit MS Oldenburg) there are also helicopter flights available during the winter months. Boats leave daily and cost around £35 for a day return, see the website www.lundyisland.co.uk for more information.

4. Clovelly

The historic fishing village of Clovelly is nestled within steep cliffs, only accessible on foot. The cobbled high street is famed for it's Donkeys which are used to transport goods up to the residents houses and local businesses. The traffic-free village centre is rich in Maritime history and has been connected with Charles Kingsley, Turner and even the Spanish Armada. Just 5 miles from Loveland and open throughout the year, you can explore the idylic village and waterfall, look out for regular festivals which happen throughtout the year, check out clovelly.co.uk for more info.

5. Climbing

The coastline offers plenty of challenging climbs for competent climbers but if you fancy giving it a try you can visit the Ultimate Adventure Centre at Abbotsham, Bideford. Offering climbing, coasteering and new for 2011...Ultimate Wipeout! Visit www.theultimatehigh.com for more info.

 

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