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Top 5 Outdoor Activities in South Devon

For anyone visiting the South Devon this year, the region offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. In particular the South Hams, as a designated ‘area of outstanding beauty’ it offers miles of coast paths and rolling countryside which means the perfect playground for outdoor activities, from surfing and SUP to hiking and kayaking! Not forgetting the numerous pit stops along the way where you can indulge in fine food and drink.


A popular surfing hotspot in South Devon is the picturesque Bantham Beach which offers stunning views across to Burgh Island. Attracting surfers and kitesurfers alike, this sandy beach is home to the surf school, Bantham Surfing Academy which offers beginner lessons, improver sessions, kiddies lessons and ‘surfs up’ parties!

After a dip in the sea, surfers can look forward to a bite to eat from the renowned Gastro Bus offering delicious selection of food and drink.

2/ Sea n’ Shore

Based in Salcombe, Sea n’ Shore offers a whole host of exciting water-based activities, from exhilarating rib rides, wildlife cruises to coasteering and treasure hunts! Guests can enjoy a slowed paced rib ride taking in the wildlife sights or opt for more of an exhilarating ride to crossing over to a ship wreak at Prawle Point, Start Point Lighthouse and the ruined village of Hallsands.

3/ SUP

Stand-up paddleboarding (also known as SUP) has become increasingly popular over the last few years. Salcombe Estuary provides the perfect place for gliding along on a stand-up paddle board, taking in the views and wildlife with SUP yoga becoming the latest craze. Find out more.

4/ Kayaking

From sea kayaking to river kayaking, you’re within easy reach if you wanted to try out this exciting activity. Sea kayaking is available from Salcombe with the River Dart offering the ideal place for river kayaking and white-water rafting. You can also hire kayaks over in Torcross and explore the stunning Start Bay.

5/ Hiking the South West Coast Path

The South West Coast Path covers 630 miles from Minehead through to Dorset and down the Cornwall. That means miles to explore on foot, with stunning countryside and seaviews with various pit stops along the way, from coastal pubs and quaint cafes to catering huts and ice cream vans! Find out more about routes here.

Breaks in Devon at The Cricket Inn

With stunning seaviews, seven beautifully styled bedrooms and award-winning food the Cricket Inn makes the perfect base for breaks in Devon. Located just metres from Beesands beach and directly  on the South West Coast Path there’s a whole host places to visit nearby from pretty harbourside towns like Dartmouth and Salcombe to local attractions such as Agatha Christie’s Greenway.

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