“You only live once,” or so the saying goes. This logic, along with the popular trend to create a “bucket list” of things to do and experience before you die, accounts for many of us enjoying each holiday like it might be our last. And why the devil not? Your time is too precious to spend on the humdrum and uninspiring.
Thankfully, you needn’t travel half way round the world to experience something memorable, thrilling or unique these days. The West Country might be a region associated with tea rooms and quiet beaches, but it also has a very different, wholly more dramatic side. Indeed, there are some fantastic adventure pursuits, spellbinding experiences and things to do in North Devon to add to the bucket list. Here are six that you couldn’t forget in a hurry:
Get a Head For Heights on Exmoor
In terms of excitement, rock climbing and abseiling deliver plenty of lofty thrills and butterflies. Furthermore, Exmoor is a great location to conquer some picturesque heights. So this year, instead of saying “I would love to try that,” why not say “I WILL try that.” You’re in safe, expert hands with Exmoor Adventures, who provide beginners with all the gear and knowhow. Why not give it a try this year? If you’re scared of heights, the feeling of accomplishment is even greater.
Go Shark Fishing In North Devon
Fishing is a quiet, relaxing pastime, right? Not necessarily. Hook up with a shark charter boat in North Devon and you could be in for white knuckle thrills that will make your arms ache and your heart thump. The blue shark is a common catch around the Devon coast, while bigger species such as the porbeagle can also show up. For an unforgettable fishing trip, all that is required is a dose of courage and a little expert help. Try a local guide such as Blue Fin Charters in Ilfracombe, just a ten minute drive from the hotel, to book your own shark fishing trip. www.bluefincharters.co.uk
Hit the Skies
If you thought that the North Devon Coast was spectacular from the ground, looking down from the controls of a light aircraft adds a whole new level of beauty and drama. Flying experience days and lessons in North Devon are easily booked with Eaglescott Airfield. In the safe hands of an instructor, you could be soaring above Exmoor National Park, or admiring the beauty of our wild coast from above! Many of us have dreamt of flying a plane- but making your own flight is easier than you think, with shorter flying gift experiences starting at under £100.
Take a Top-to-Toe VIP Day of Health Therapy
Naturally, a bucket list needn’t be all about extreme thrills; it can also be about extreme pleasure and relaxation. And while many of us will book a massage or a health treatment when feeling run down, have you ever considered a whole day of wholistic treatments fit for an A-list star? We have the ultimate selection of spa treatments at the Woolacombe Bay Hotel, with something for everyone at the Haven Spa. Why not pick and choose your ultimate day of pleasure? Our friendly specialists are great at turning holidays into top class pampering breaks in North Devon.
Explore Lundy Island
Islands have always had a mysterious attraction, representing a complete escape from the mainland and the everyday world. Lundy is the last stop before America. Sitting beautifully tranquil, it is a haven for wildlife and has an other-worldly charm all of its own. Taking a cruise aboard the HMS Oldenberg is simply one of those North Devon experiences you have to try. Having been to Lundy once, however, you may find it hard to resist a return visit.
Take a Trip Back in Time with Devon Steam Trains
Granted, it isn’t quite as rock and roll as shark fishing or adrenaline sports, but for anyone with a love of classic steam trains, North Devon has an absolute must visit attraction in the form of the Lynmouth & Barnstaple Railway. This is literally the last surviving narrow track railway in the country; not just a splendid, scenic journey but a living piece of history!
Woolacombe Bay Hotel: One of the finest places to eat, stay and relax in North Devon
When it comes to making lasting memories and enjoying the very best of North Devon's stunning coast and countryside, not all destinations are equal. Woolacombe Bay Hotel is a beautifully elegant and inviting base for holidays in the West Country. Excellent food, friendly service and a top quality spa are just some of the reasons guests return to Woolacombe time and again. See our main site and hotel offers pages for further details on our superb facilities and current deals on North Devon luxury escapes.