For family cycling holidays, Dawlish Warren is the perfect base, with designated cycle paths around the entire Exe estuary. A map of the cycle route can be found here. For an overview The Exe Estuary Explorer has information on cycling, walking or taking local transport around the Estuary.
A new local cycle hire company has just opened in the car park at the beach – Exe Trail Cycle Hire call them on 07545 577504 or click here for the prices. You can hire bikes from Braking Wind Cycles in Dawlish. Give them a call on 01626 865161.
Nearby is Haldon Forest Park which specialises in mountain biking routes.
The South West Coastal Path
The famous 630 mile South West Coastal Path stretches all the way along the coast from Dorset through South Devon, around Cornwall, along the North Devon coastline and ends up just past Exmoor in Somerset. Believe it or not, the Coastal Path comes right past our front door! You can plan your routes and use the public transport to bring you back. Just ask at Reception for some examples. Get more information at www.southwestcoastalpath.com
Enjoy a golf holiday, with a range of golf courses to choose from in the local area, including The Warren Golf Club an 18 hole links course right here in Dawlish Warren, Teignmouth and many others. There are driving range and 9 hole courses at Exminster, and a basic 9 hole course in Starcross
If you love horse riding on holiday, South Devon has hundreds of miles of bridleways and there are many stables on Dartmoor and in the local area (check here). Pre-booking is essential for busier times like school holidays.
Surfing and Watersports
We really are spoiled for choice when it comes to water sports in South Devon.
Kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and canoeing are all a fun, and family-friendly activities available on the nearby river Exe. Exe Adventures offer a with a free pick up service from Hazelwood Holiday Park and offer a number of water sport options.
Canoeing on the River Dart is also a great way to see South Devon at water level but it’s a bit further away.
Stand up paddle boarding, exploring sea caves, and coasteering are opportunities waiting for you, just along the coast in Torbay (more information from Reach Outdoors). Or how about paddle board yoga classes at nearby Decoy lake in Newton Abbot for all you yoga enthusiasts wanting to take things to the next level? (More information from Devon Windsurf).
Surfing is very popular in North Devon and North Cornwall. It will take a drive of about an hour and a half to visit the surfing beaches of Croyde, Polzeath, Watergate Bay, Fistral, and Newquay
Many other sports are locally available including tennis, badminton, squash and indoor swimming – ask at Reception for information.