Activities in Devon

Wet’n’wild adventures and dramatic landscapes

There’s land ahoy, but let’s not bother with it, we’re in Devon! Bring an extra wetsuit and take to the water - creep around the coastline in a kayak (with an eye out for seals), take a family boat trip, or learn to sail and finally get your pirate’s license! Water not your thing? There’s caving, climbing, and an achingly beautiful national park just waiting to be hiked.

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Sea kayaking

Paddle into adventure

Pick up your paddles and go googly-eyed over the coastal scenery, taking in rock gardens, gulleys and secluded beaches. Hire out your own kayaks, or take a tour with one of the local outfits - maybe a sunrise or sunset expedition with Sea Kayak Salcombe, who provide buoyancy aids, wetsuits and refreshments. Many tours are child-friendly and you may be lucky enough to spot a curious seal! 

Coasteering

Conquer your fears!

Suitable for children as young as seven, coasteering is as daredevil as Devon gets! An adrenaline-fuelled combo of climbing, swimming, jumping and caving, for active families or those looking for a taste of adventure it can be the ideal day out. Most coasteering outfits will tailor their expeditions to your ability, have experienced instructors and provide all the equipment and refreshments you need, as well as photos.

Hiking

Find the beaten path

There’s heavenly hiking throughout south Devon, from clifftop rambles to pony spotting trails. The South West Coast Path snakes along the county’s coastline, meaning you can steal breathtaking views of secluded sandy coves and spot seabirds, kestrels and peregrine falcons soaring above. Head inland to explore Dartmoor, where ponies roam free and the wild landscapes are dotted with ruins of ancient settlements.

Boat trips

All aboard!

Devon by water is Devon done right. Boat trips for every age group, party size and preference are a go go. Try a Dartmouth Regatta cruise to take you to the heart of this special event, marvel at the rock formations on a Jurassic coast cruise or learn about the feathered friends that frequent the estuaries on a birdwatching boat tour. All these trips are available with Stuart Line cruises. You can also charter a local boat and skipper for a fishing or sightseeing trip.

Go Ape

Monkey around

Go Ape Haldon is nestled in 3,500-acres of woodland 15 minutes outside Exeter, so it’s not just about the climbing, but the staggering views of the Dartmoor landscape from the treetops. Whether you’re still finding your climbing arms or you’re totally in touch with your inner monkey, there are courses to suit. You can zipline, negotiate the nets, hit the treetops or explore the course by night. There’s also walking and cycling trails, a children’s play area, picnic areas and a cafe.

Caving

Going underground

If you thought Devon was only spectacular on land and at sea, you were wrong. It’s also home to secret underground chambers with mysterious rock formations and hidden lakes. A caving tour will take you into Devon’s heart of darkness (lit up by a headtorch) and give you a unique adventure to remember. Tours can be tailored to different levels of experience and you’ll get an experienced instructor as well as a fetching full length caving suit. Tours can suit children as young as 8.