Devon has some of the most beautiful countryside and coastline that England has to offer, boasting two of the United Kingdom’s fifteen national parks, Exmoor and Dartmoor and an UNESCO Global Geopark. The county is also close to other excellent adventure destinations situated in the southwest of the country, such as Cornwall, Bristol and Dorset, which draw thousands of visitors every year.
Adventures that you can do on your own, with the right knowledge, skills and equipment
Anstey’s Cove & Santuary WallAnstey's Cove Rd, Torquay, TQ1 3YY
Badgeworthy PoolLynton, EX35 6NU
Bantham BeachKingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 3AN
Beer PointBeer, Devon
Bellpool IslandNewton Abbot, TQ13 7PX
Bideford BMX Club TrackPollyFields, Avon Road, Devon, EX39 4BL
Find local specialists who provide organised adventures in this area, great for those without experience or equipment
Gorge Walking, Climbing, Mountain Biking
Adventure Tech UKAdventure Tech UK
Adventure Tech UK is an outdoor adventure and activities operator located in North Yorkshire.
They offer canyoning, climbing and mountain biking for groups of all abilities alongside a variety of technical courses.
Equipment and professional instruction are provided.
Gorge Walking, Climbing, Kayaking, Coasteering, Rafting, Sailing, Surfing
Adventure BritainTy Anturiaeth, 83 Church Rd, Seven Sisters, Neath, GB, SA10 9DT
Adventure Britain is an outdoor adventure and activities operator located just outside the Brecon Beacons in Wales, a short distance from Swansea and Cardiff.
They offer a range of activities in South Wales including canyoning, rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, coasteering and surfing. Rafting is available near Bala or at Cardiff's new £13.3m Olympic course in Cardiff Bay. Sailing is offered in North Devon.
Equipment and professional instruction are provided alongside a variety of accommodation, food and transport options.
East Antrim Boat Club88 Coastguard Road, Larne, Antrim, BT40 1AU
East Antrim Boat Club is situated in Larne in County Antrim, Northern Ireland on the coast.
The club offers RYA sailing courses for members and non-members including adults and children of all abilities.
Equipment and instruction are provided by the centre. Other facilities include parking.
Craigavon Watersports Centre1 Lake Rd, Craigavon, BT64 1AS
Craigavon Watersports Centre is located at Craigavon Lake in Craigavon, County Amagh, Northern Ireland.
The centre runs individual lessons and RYA courses for adults and children of all abilities, from beginner to advanced. The centre also has sailing boats to hire for more accomplished sailors.
Equipment and instruction are provided by the centre. Other facilities include showers, toilets, a café and parking.
Causeway Power and SailColeraine Marina, Portstewart Road, Coleraine, BT52 1RW
Causeway Power and Sail are based at Coleraine Marina in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
They offer RYA approved courses for adults at beginner level and more advanced courses. They also offer day sailing opportunities and shorebased courses.
All equipment and instruction is provided. Other facilities include on board toilet and refreshment facilities.
Causeway Coast SailingBallycastle Marina, Bay View Road, Ballycastle, BT54 6BT
Causeway Coast Sailing are situated along Antrim's causeway coast departing from Ballycastle Marina in Northern Ireland.
The centre offers day sailing opportunities for adults and juniors with fun sailing and courses using a Comfort 30 yacht.
Equipment and instruction are provided by the centre. Other facilities include on-board toilets and refreshments.
Our favourite activities in Devon
With many different variations, there’s a form of climbing to suit all abilities – both indoors and out, and great places to climb wherever you are in the UK.
One of life’s simple pleasures, wild swimming is not only a great way to connect with the landscape, but boasts many documented health benefits too.
Suitable for all ages, surfing is an accessible activity for all ages and with miles and miles of coastline to explore in the UK you’re never too far from the surf.
Few things are more tranquil than a downstream paddle in a canoe. With canoe hire available throughout the UK, there’s an opportunity to experience it for yourself wherever you live.