There are so many activities available to enjoy when staying at Instow Beach Cottage in Instow, North Devon, whether it is walking the South West Coast Path, cycling the Tarka Trail or learning to surf with the help of a fully trained instructor on a world famous beach, you can even tee-off on the world’s oldest golf course at the Royal North Devon Golf Course located in Westward Ho!


There are so many walks to enjoy around the local area. If it is coastal views you are looking for then why not explore the South West Coast Path, which has some stunning scenery and passes through villages such as Appledore and includes the Northam Burrows a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Alternatively, head to Exmoor and discover the rugged moorlands made famous in books such as Lorna Doone. If you would like a combination of both Exmoor and the coastline, one of the best walks can be found at Heddon Valley.


Within easy reach of Instow Beach Cottage is the Tarka Trail, a largely traffic free, tarmacked pathway, which can be used by cyclists and walkers. Using the former railway line, the route is fairly level and well maintained making it great for youngsters and families. A highlight for many users of the Tarka Trail is afternoon tea at Fremington Quay, which serves home cooked cakes. Also, at Fremington is a small beach and a children’s play area. If you cycle in the other direction you will head towards Meeth, which lies close to the northern edge of Dartmoor.  

Horse riding

Situated near Northam Burrows on the outskirts of Westward Ho! is Follyfoot Equestrian Centre that caters for all levels of ability and offers beautiful road and countryside treks. Beach rides may also be possible at certain times of the year for more experienced riders, please contact the stables for more information. Other stable yards offering similar treks packages can be found across North Devon, such as Woolacombe Riding Stables and the Exmoor Riding Centre.


Guests staying at Instow Beach Cottage that love to play a round of golf will be pushed to find a better course than the Royal North Devon at Westward Ho!. As the oldest course in the country, this stunning course has welcomed many visitors over the years. The course, which is set amongst the burrows has stunning views and has barely changed since it was created in 1864, this means that is is just as challenging as ever.

If you are looking to play a round of golf at the Royal North Devon, please contact them in advance.

Water Sports

When staying in North Devon a visit to one of the beaches is a must. Many of the beaches, such as the nearby Westward Ho! Beach offers something for everyone, especially in the form of water sports. At Westward Ho! there is a tidal swimming pool and excellent conditions for surfing, which are perfect for those with a little less experience. The North Devon Surf School is located at Westward Ho! and offers both lessons and equipment hire. Kitesurfing can also be enjoyed at the beach although is restricted to the far end.