The Seawood Hotel

Lynton, Exmoor National Park, Devon

Tel : 01598 752 272

Things to Do in the North Devon Area

Walking

There are many walks available on Exmoor and it would be impossible to list them all here but a selection of wonderful walks have been chosen for inclusion here. The walks vary in difficulty from the very easy to the very challenging, The South West Coast Path passes through Lynton and Lynmouth and the part from Lynton to Combe Martin is traditionally the most challenging part although the most rugged and the most beautiful. Whether you are a seasoned walker or a complete beginner, there is something for you.

Railways

There are two steam railways that can be enjoyed

The West Somerset Steam Railway travels between Minehead and Bishops Lydeard (near Taunton) through some very picturesque countryside. Enjoy a trip through history and experience the age of steam

The Woody Bay Railway currently starts just outside Lynton and runs for a mile and a half towards Barnstaple. There is a very active group who are raising money so that the railway can run to Blackmoor Gate in the next few years

Cycling

Exmoor is very rugged with steep hills and low valleys that lead you to the sea, this leads to some very challenging cycling around as shown by Clare Balding as she cycled round Exmoor

For those that rarely get on a bike, the Tarka Trail from Barnstaple is a great introduction. Cycles can be hired just behind Barnstaple train station for either a half day or a full day. The trail follows the old disused railway line so is reasonably flat. There is a lovely cafe at the old Fremington Quay railway station for those that need a quick pitstop or other stops depending on your ability

A new concept in cycling is that of the electric bike. The bikes look like normal bikes and they must be ridden as usual. However, it feels like you have a helping hand behind you to get you up the hills. There are several charging stations around and these are beginning to become popular

Safari

In the early morning or the evenings, consider going on an Exmoor safari with Johnny Kingdom who has been shown on the television. He has permission to go on remote areas of Exmoor where wildlife can be seen that you would be unlikely to see in the normal day.

Safaris over Exmoor can also be booked through Barle Valley Safaris, Red Stag Safaris, and Exmoor Safaris. This is a real treat where you may see Red Deer, buzzards, hares and other wildlife.

Exmoor Safari also run a Dark Sky Safari where astronomy experts will guide you and bring the night sky to life

Surfing

Experienced surfers can be seen on Lynmouth Beach, for the not so experienced both Woolacombe and Croyde Bay can be recommended. Woolacombe has recently been voted Best British beach by the Mail on Sunday. Board hire, wetsuit hire and lessons are available

Canoeing

Wimbleball lake is situated in the middle of Exmoor, there are many activities available there. On of the activities is canoeing, where kayaks can be hired by the hour

Sea Fishing

Sea fishing is available from Ilfracombe from many different companies. Choose any options from mackerel fishing through to full charters.

Lundy Island

Travel to Lundy Island from either Bideford or Ilfracombe. Lundy is a granite rock emerging from the Atlantic Ocean about 5 miles from the North Devon coast. A variety of wildlife can be seen on Lundy including the small seahorse. The journey takes about 3 hours there, the lucky ones will see dolphins riding the bow waves of the boats.

Horse Riding

There are numerous opportunities to go horse riding on Exmoor. Both Brendon and Outovercott Riding Stables are 15 minutes drive from the hotel and offer fabulous rides for novices or experienced riders.

Off Road Adventure

At Keypitts Off Road Adventure centre you can experience Off Road Drives, Quad Bikes, Paint Ball Battles, Target Shooting and much much more

Golf

Both Ilfracombe Golf Club and Minehead Golf Club are approximately 30 minutes drive from the Hotel and the championship course at Saunton Sands is about 40 minutes away.

The Seawood Hotel, North Walk, Lynton, Devon, EX35 6HJ, Email Seawood@btconnect.com

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