Staying Active on Holiday

We all love to relax while on holiday, watching the kids run about while indulging in our favourite book or sipping a drink at the bar. However, we know it’s important to keep as healthy as possible, so we have some tips on staying active on your holiday too.

Beach with the kids

North Devon has been named England’s Adventure Coast by Visit Devon, so there’s loads going on. Get up and get out there, enjoy that fresh ocean air and the rolling Devon countryside, stay active and enjoy that well-earned drink on our Holiday Parks a little bit more!

Walking in Woolacombe


The South West Coast Path runs right through Twitchen House and Easewell Farm, with routes in either direction; Croyde, Braunton and Barnstaple as well as Ilfracombe and beyond. There’s nothing better than a family stroll on the beach to keep active on holiday, and we have the three miles of England’s Best Beach (TripAdvisors Choice 2020 awards) right here in Woolacombe.

Exmoor is on our doorstep with many fantastic walks and breathtaking views, including an iron age fort & bridge and many other beautiful tourist attractions. We have a guide to walking in the local area, with recommendations for every ability and for the whole family to enjoy.

Staying Active on Two Wheels

Bring your bikes and scooters with you! Staying active on holiday is easy when whizzing about on two wheels. The kids are welcome to use them across our Holiday Parks and there are plenty of routes, both road and path, in the local area.

Fancy something different? A local Braunton company offers tandem bike adventures. Captain & Stoker provide daily hires of tandem bikes, picnic baskets, and bird-watching kit. Hitch up a trailer for the little ones too.


The local coast paths are ideal for staying active in your running shoes. Head out first thing or early evening and you’ll find yourself jogging along an open trail with the sea air in your hair. Check out the routes on our walking guide, some much tougher when pushing yourself, and often used in the local Iron Man tournaments.

Staying Active running path

Head down to the beach for a sandy shoreline run, or over to Braunton Burrows (used for Normandy landing training exercises, and still used by the Royal Marines today) to experience the magnificent dune trails. You’ll see many a cross fit team heading up and down the highest dunes too. How does running free on miles of golden sand in the fresh sea air sound?

Bodyboarding on Woolacomombe Beach

Staying Active in the Water

North Devon is famous for its surf, this is where big wave surfer Andrew Cotton lives and where he learned his trade. We have the most amazing beaches; Woolacombe, Putsborough, Croyde and Saunton – to name but a few. So why not stay active in the water? We recommend Woolacombe Surf Centre when staying with us.

Swimming is a holiday favourite, jump in one of our 9 heated pools or head into the sea at the beach, the sea is warmest in August & September. Our parks have qualified lifeguards and our beaches are patrolled by the RNLI so you can stay safe while staying active. Grab a body board and have some fun in the waves.

Beach with the kids

Other ways to Stay Active

We have so much going on across our Holiday Parks that you will be hard pressed not to stay active on holiday. From bug hunts with our experienced Nature Ranger Chris, our 9-hole golf course and Segway Safari’s to our unique Wavesurfer at Golden Coast. We have gyms on our Parks, and don’t forget the ten-pin bowling either!

ride the woolacombe wave
The Wavesurfer – Our surfing simulator

A range of local water-sports centres are easily accessible; teaching windsurfing and kitesurfing, kayaking, SUP boarding, snorkelling and diving. We also have fishing lakes on our Devon Holiday Parks, and many more across the local area.

Segway safari
Segway Safari
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