Sports, Leisure & Fitness in South Devon
South Devon’s diverse landscapes of coastline beaches, open moorland, winding waterways, and stunning expanses of countryside offer endless opportunities for a wide range of sports, fitness and leisure activities across the region.
In Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you can enjoy everything from a relaxing spot of fishing to exciting day-long adventures on the water exploring the unique rivers and coastlines in the sunshine. Town destinations including Dartmouth and Salcombe are two of the most popular for nautical activities such as boat hire and sailing, where there is only a few minutes’ travel to the mouth of the river and estuary. For a quieter sailing experience, the villages of Noss Mayo and Newton Ferrers offer peace and tranquillity on the beautiful River Yealm.
If sailing isn’t quite for you, other popular ways to explore the water include by kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard, with many local companies providing great hire services for independent explorers, and tour experiences for those who wish to adventure in groups. The River Dart is one of the most explored rivers in South Devon with stunning views enjoyed by all the family, whilst the River Exe and Tavy offer more thrilling experiences for those who seek skilful adventures. Exploring by SUP also allows more flexibility to peep into rockpools and caves, and get close to birds and other sea life.
For those who enjoy riding the waves, Bantham & Bigbury-on-Sea in the South Hams allow exciting surfing experiences as well as swimming and paddle boarding all year round. This popular sport is also available at Challaborough beach close to Plymouth, Paignton and Torquay, Teignmouth, Dawlish Warren, and Sidmouth.
Great Fitness Activities on Land
South Devon is a great place to explore by bike, with cycling routes and fabulous bike hire services available across the region. Challenging terrains and off-road tracks are located at Haldon Forest Park and across Dartmoor, with traffic-free routes popular with families including the easy Exe Cycle Route with stunning views of the estuary, and the Totnes to Dartington Riverside Trail.
For golf fans, the beautiful expanses of greens of South Devon will not disappoint you. Courses secluded in the lush rolling countryside include Bovey Castle and the Dartmouth Golf & Country Club where competitive groups get together and enjoy tournaments around the course throughout the year. Unique views of rocky seascape and cliff-top terrain are enjoyed at the Thurlstone Golf Club, with the Dawlish Warren Golf Club also surrounded by water. Wherever you are staying or are based, you are certain to find a fantastic Golf Club local to you.
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