You can’t really go wrong with a tradition cream tea, regardless of whether you favour the Devon method of serving or the (Gasp!) Cornish variation. Either way, you’re in for a tasty treat while you enjoy a civilised afternoon. Cream Tea really is wonderful, but what do you do when ‘civilised’ gets boring? The simple answer is that you head out and explore the rest of the more adrenaline fuelled activities that Devon has to offer…
Getting Good and Muddy
It is a truth universally acknowledged that the only correct and proper thing to do after a polite afternoon tea is to dive headlong into the wettest, muckiest assault course that you can find. Fortunately, Devon is home to The Bear Trail, which claims to be the county’s muddiest family assault course, with 27 obstacles and unlimited lashing of mud. The course is open seven days a week during school holidays and is perfect for both children and adults, with bear nets, zip wires and tunnels amongst other challenges. Once you’ve completed everything The Bear Trail can throw at you, the venue offers delicious wood-fired pizzas, paninis and drinks at its Bear Café Cave, as well as outdoor picnic areas where you can enjoy your own packed-lunches. #lovemudlovelife
Getting Ruddy Soaked
Fancy getting rid of all that mud without having to stop for a shower? We’ve got you covered, whether you decide to simply head to the beach and take a dip in the sea or crave a more imaginative way to get good and drenched. Active Escape offers exclusive access to unspoilt private coastline around Ilfracombe, as well as a host of water sport activities including coasteering, stand-up-paddle-boarding, coastal rafting and many others. Set within Watermouth Cove, Active Escape is the perfect destination for anyone looking to spend a day leaping, diving, swimming, climbing and generally having a good time! Visitors also include local dolphins and seals, who like drop in from time to time, you may even get to make some new friends.
Not Getting Left Behind
One of the greatest things about visiting Devon is that it boasts outdoor activities for renegades of all ages and level of experience, so that nobody is be left behind. The Calvert Trust Exmore for example, is an outdoor activity destination that has been designed for people who have been impacted by all types of disabilities. This is a fantastic venue that is set on the edge of Exmoor National Park within an area of stunning natural beauty. The Calvert Trust’s friendly and experienced team is on hand to assist visitors in enjoying a broad base of activities including abseiling, accessible cycling, archery, carriage driving, horse riding and more. The venue also boasts several more relaxed facilities that are also ideal anyone visiting the centre, including a fully accessible hydrotherapy swimming pool with high needs changing facilities, children’s play area, games room, jacuzzi and communal area offering impressive views across Wistlandpound Reservoir.
Getting Some Rest
By this time, you’ll probably be looking for a little rest, before deciding to tackle the next day’s adventures. Devon is home to a plethora of unique holiday homes that a perfect for couples, families and even larger groups. Holiday cottages are a fantastic alternative to the four-walls of a hotel room and offer all the luxuries of home in addition to optional extras like stunning views and hot tubs. Many are also pet friendly so that the entire family can join in the fun. Just watch out for the mud with the dog…
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