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Activities within easy reach of our Barnstaple hotel.

Discover the local area, Exmoor & North Devon.

Enjoy the very best that North Devon and Exmoor have to offer

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With so much to see and do when you stay and visit Devon and Exmoor, it is important to choose the right location. You can’t find much better than The Spinney, just North of Barnstaple. It boasts a beautiful rural setting and within easy reach of everything you could want from a holiday. Take the opportunity to use The Spinney as your base for exploring Devon, Exmoor, Dartmoor, and Cornwall.

THE PERFECT PLACE FOR YOUR NEXT VACATION



North Devon landscape
hill overlooking sea and coastline
brown horse staring at camera
three people playing golf overlooking the sea
boat moored on beach
stars in the night sky

A View Wherever You Walk in North Devon and Around Exmoor

North Devon and Exmoor are a walkers’ paradise, with endless miles of woodland, coast, and river walks. The Spinney is located right by the South West coastal path and the famous Braunton Burrows too, so walkers really are spoilt for choice! We’re also just over an hour away from Dartmoor and the fantastic Torrs walks. For coastal and inland walks on Exmoor,click here.

A Surfers Paradise on the North Devon Coast

We have some of the UK’s best surfing beaches on our doorstep.Croyde Beach, only a 20 minute drive away, is famous for its surfing. Next to Croyde is Saunton Sands Beach, which is a 3 mile long beach that appeals to surfers, wind surfers and kite surfers. Or alternatively why not head toWoolacombe’s award winning beachto enjoy a surf? At the Spinney we have plenty of space to store your surf board and wet suits.


For details of all of the beaches nearby,click here.

Activities and Tourist Attractions in North Devon and Exmoor

There are plenty of interesting attractions all over North Devon and Exmoor for you to visit when you stay. There are plenty ofGardensandMuseumsand other, more unique attractions, like theCobbaton Combat Collection. The beautiful and unspoiledLundy Islandshould, of course, be high up on your list, too, although, if you’d rather not risk getting seasick, there’s little else likeQuincey Honey Farm.

Magnificient Golf Courses throughout North Devon

The Spinney is well located for all North Devon’s magnificent golf courses.Saunton Golf Clubis only a 20 minute car drive from us, is home to two of the great mature links Championship golf courses in the World. North Devon is also home to the oldest Golf course in England,The Royal North Devon Golf Club. If you’d like something newer, there’s the plushHighbullengolf course, and the course where each tee has a view of the sea,Ilfracombe Golf Course.

Fishing in North Devon and Exmoor

The Spinney is only a 5 minute drive away fromBlakewellFisheries. If you prefer sea fishing, Ilfracombe is fantastic for fishing from the rocks. If you’re more adventurous, you could also hire a boat and take a trip around the coast to fish.

Exmoor Star Gazing

Exmoor National Park has been designated an International Dark Sky Reserve. It’s the first place in Europe to achieve this award and only the second in the world! If you’d like to read more about it, please visit theExmoor National Park website.


The Spinney Welcomes Cyclists

North Devon has some of the best cycling in the UK. Whether you are a budding Chris Hoy, or enjoy a more leisurely pace, North Devon has diverse terrains for all abilities.


The Tarka trail provides over 30 miles of easy, traffic free paths, running alongside the old Tarka rail line. Click here to download the Tarka Trail Map and guide.


There are also many road routes starting from the front door of The Spinney. For more information on the cycling routes around North Devon visit Cycle Routes here.


For the more adventurous, mountain biking and Exmoor are just 15 miles from the Spinney. Exmoor is one of the best and most challenging off road cycling destinations in the UK. The combination of a beautiful and varied landscape and an excellent network of bridleways, lanes and other permitted tracks provide ample opportunity for cyclists to enjoy some fantastic rides. For more information please visitExmoor interactive bicycle map here. (source: www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/visiting/things-to-do/cycling/mountain-biking).


The Spinney provides safe and secure storage for your bicycle. We also always have to puncture repair kits and many other cycling essentials that you may need.


Cycle hire is widely available throughout the area, so ask about it when you come to stay.