Devon’s known for its fantastic coast and countryside and lashings of fresh air, so this Bank Holiday get off the sofa and enjoy some of its great outdoors experiences. And it needn’t involve hurling yourself off a cliff or getting wet (though there’s lots of that here too of course) – you’ll find things such as geocaching, cycling and walking trails, high ropes, water zorbing, bird watching and outdoor survival courses that the whole family can enjoy. See below for our pick of the active things to do in Devon this Easter.
Follow the trail at Occombe Farm
Visit Occombe Farm – a working organic farm that aims to reconnect people with farming, food and the outdoors. There are animals and exhibits to see, woodland trails to follow and great food to eat and buy, as well as lots of great events on. More about Occombe Farm
Go hunting: geocaching and orienteering at Parke
This National Trust estate just outside Bovey Tracey is a great place to start if you want to try orienteering or find out what geocaching is all about (you should also read our geocaching in Devon feature here). It has four downloadable orienteering courses, from easy to more difficult, and two caches to find along with GPS units to hire (as well as walking and cycling routes), and hunting these down will take you through lovely gardens, woodlands and riverside spots. Those who want to bring their entire family will be pleased to hear that Parke also welcomes dogs into its grounds. More about Parke
More activities on Dartmoor
Go on The Ultimate Adventure
Experts agree that learning new things together is a great family bonding experience – and The Ultimate Adventure Centre near Bideford is perfect for pushing yourselves to the thrilling limits. The whole family (aged 8 and up) can take part in ‘The Ultimate Assault’ (If you’re a fan of TV’s Total Wipeout you’ll love this obstacle course), high ropes, low ropes, climbing wall, water zorbing and mountain boarding, and there’s more on offer for adults too, including kayaking, coasteering and group challenge activities. The centre offers camping and cabin accommodation too – so you could make a whole holiday of it. More about The Ultimate Adventure Centre
More activities in North Devon
Explore Plymbridge Woods and Plym Valley
This atmospheric wooded valley near Plymbridge has riverside meadows, ancient woodland and the wilderness of Dartmoor, and is a natural playground for the whole family. Also managed by the good folk at the National Trust, there’s so much you can do there, from the obvious walking and cycling to rock climbing, geocaching and orienteering, and NT provides great downloadable activities plus cycling and walking routes on its Plymbridge Woods web page. It also organises lot of activities (there’s usually a small fee for these, and booking is advised) for accompanied children and families, including some over the bank holiday. More about Plymbridge Woods
More outdoor activities near Plymouth
Follow the trails
Devon is criss-crossed by cycle and walking trails, and getting out on these is a great way to see this beautiful county. By their nature they’re usually pretty flat and easy-access, and many local council and tourism sites provide printed or downloadable guides. Of course, the South West Coast Path follows both the north and south coast of Devon. And if it’s cycling you fancy, and you haven’t got bikes, that’s fine too – many of the trails have bike hire centres nearby, with bikes, trailers and seats for all ages.
Try one of the following: The Granite Way from Okehampton to Lyford; Drake’s Trail from Tavistock to Plymouth; The Exe Estuary Trail from Exmouth to Dawlish via Exeter; the Tarka Trail from Meeth to Braunton;
More about cycling in South Devon; Dartmoor; Exeter and surrounds