THE ADVENTUROUS

North Devon & Exmoor are the perfect playground for those with a sense of adventure, and sat amidst this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is Saunton Sands Hotel + Source Spa and Wellness. 

Aptly named England's Adventure Coast, North Devon has miles of coastline featuring sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs, wooded valleys and spectacular views; this coast begs to be adored and explored. 

Wherever your adventure takes you, return to the warm cosy comfort of our hotel, luxurious facilities, an abundance of delicious dining options and friendly, helpful staff.

Now to design YOUR adventure...

SURF

SURF

Surf some of the UK’s top spots, North Devon has a wave for all wherever you are on your surfing journey. Pros flock to ride the fast heavy waves at low tide Croyde and longboarders love the long lazy Saunton waves. Learn to surf or improve your technique with surf lessons at Walking On Waves Surf School, located on the beach below us. During the school holidays, our entertainment programme includes FREE surf lessons for kids aged 11 and under. Outside of the holidays and kids 12+ get a special rate when staying with us. If you just want to hire boards and wetsuit? Saunton Surf Hire offers 10% off hire for Saunton Sands Hotel guests. Got your own gear? We have a board room where you can store your board.

PADDLEBOARD & KAYAK

PADDLEBOARD & KAYAK

When the ocean stills, find true tranquillity as you paddleboard around the headland from Saunton to Croyde and beyond exploring coves and maybe even catching a passing pod of porpoise or dolphins. When swell won’t rest, find the calmer waters further around the coast at Combe Martin, arguably one of the best and safest areas for kayaking and stand up paddleboarding in the UK. Located on the edge of Exmoor and boasting the highest sea cliffs in mainland Britain, take a tour or hire equipment from OSKC and explore private beaches, caves and coves only accessible from the sea. Bringing your own? Ride the turning tide from Vellator out to the mouth of the estuary at Crow Point and back.

FISH

FISH

Charter a fishing boat between March and October from the charming town of Ilfracombe (also home to Damian Hirst’s ‘Verity’ statue) to fish for pollock, codling, wrasse, gurnard and bass on the many reefs and wrecks along the North Devon coast. Or head out deep into The Bristol Channel for great sport fishing for conger eels, tope, ray and bull huss. Rods and tackle are provided with Ilfracombe Sea Safari or for those experienced anglers among you feel free to bring your own rods and lures. Outside the season, keen sea anglers clamber down the cliffs or wade in the chilly waters braving the winter swell to fish for late-season big bass and the early cod run.

COASTEER

COASTEER

Scramble, jump and swim along some of the most beautiful and stunning North Devon coastline. Leap from the cliffs into the water and explore sea caves, whirlpools, natural swimming pools and water spouts on a coasteering adventure. Join the super fun team at Surfing Croyde Bay to traverse the majestic Baggy Point, renowned for the wildflowers that carpet its cliff slopes and rock crevices.

SCUBA DIVE

SCUBA DIVE

Scuba dive around the Nationals Trust’s Lundy Island, 11 miles off the North Devon coast and Britain's only Marine Nature Reserve. Because of its isolation, the habitat for wildlife is often compared to that of the Galapagos. Have fun spotting the residents as you swim through atmospheric kelp forests and canyons, expect close encounters with grey seals and depending on the time of year, you may even see sunfish, basking sharks, spider crabs, ballan wrasse, blennies, gobies, plus a myriad of jellies and their impressive colourful displays. It is also home to cold-water coral including the Pink Sea Fan and 5 species of Cup Coral. There are over 40 dive sites around Lundy with a mix of wrecks, reefs, drop-offs, and pinnacles with shallow and sheltered dive sites that are suitable for novice and experienced divers. If you aren't scuba certified, or if you want to check out a different experience with the seals, you can swim, snorkel or free dive with them, they love to twist and turn with you! Easy Divers offer guided diving and full equipment hire.  

HANG GILDE

HANG GILDE

Fly from the hilltops at Woolacombe Downs taking a unique perspective on this stunning coastline. Soar through the skies riding the thermals, exactly the same way as the birds do. There's no loud rushing of wind in your ears or sounds from the glider, just tranquillity to drink in all of the beauty below. If you're lucky, you may see birds in flight from their perspective! Team up with a professional for a tandem experience to see beautiful North Devon from a real bird’s eye view but in the safe hands of an expert pilot with Fly Like A Bird.

HORSE RIDE

HORSE RIDE

Discover the unspoilt ruggedness of Exmoor and the natural beauty of the North Devon coastline on horseback. Ride over the open moorland, down into the valleys and clear streams below in one of England's finest National Parks. Brendon Manor Stables offer 1-3 hour treks, including lead rein and one-on-one treks. For beach gallops, head a couple of bays over to the 3-mile sandy stretch of Woolacombe. Woolacombe Riding Stables offer rides for all abilities taking in fabulous scenery across undulating sand dunes, the beach and bridleways.

CYCLE

CYCLE

From just around the corner in Braunton begins 32 miles of the entirely traffic-free Tarka Trail and forms part of the “Devon Coast to Coast”. The flat riverside route follows the journey of Tarka the Otter in the classic tale written by Henry Williamson and is suitable for all ages and abilities. Bring your own bike and we’ll store it for you, or hire all manner of bikes from the Otter Cycle Hire, conveniently right at the start of the trail in Braunton. Alternatively, start further up the trail in Barnstaple and even hire a tandem bike or an e-bike from Tarka Trail Cycle Hire, both also offer trikes, child seats and tag-a-longs for your little ones. For something a little more challenging, head up to Exmoor and explore miles and miles of steep and beautiful moorland slopes and valleys. Healsey House offer guided tours and bike hire

WAKEBOARD & AQUA PARK

WAKEBOARD & AQUA PARK

An exhilarating day out...Learn to wakeboard or show off your skills and take on ramps and corners. For groups or some healthy family competition; race, slide, and chase each other around the inflatable Aqua Park trying to beat everyone in a total wipeout style! Other activities include paddle boarding and open water lake swimming for those wanting to keep up their training.

HIGH ROPES & ASSAULT COURSE

HIGH ROPES & ASSAULT COURSE

Get your gang together and take on the Ultimate Assault; styled on the hit ‘Total Wipeout’ program. Ride the water slides, clear the ‘Big Balls’ and overcome awesome obstacles. The Ultimate Adventure Centre also has one of the largest high ropes courses in the country, the Aerial Adventure, combining high ropes; climbing and bag jump!! Let the competition continue with a Nerf gun battle in the Nerf Area and perhaps a round of disk golf too? As the previous site for the Mountain Board World Championship, surfers, skaters and mountain bikers may also want to showcase their skills with some mountain boarding; first-timers are also welcome.

ABSEIL

ABSEIL

North Devon’s high cliffs tumbling into the sea are a paradise for climbing enthusiasts. Scale Baggy point, just around the corner separating Croyde Bay and Putsborough Beach, take on the wild and rugged Hartland Point on the Cornish border or on the edge of Exmoor, ‘Valley of Rocks’ is an iconic spot to dangle from the clifftops. Even take a trip down to Dartmoor to descend Canonteign Falls; England’s highest waterfall (at 220ft). If the weather isn’t considerate, there’s always Rock & Rapid’s indoor climbing wall to whet your climbing appetite.

COLD WATER & WILD SWIMS

COLD WATER & WILD SWIMS

North Devon is home to some spectacular seas, lakes and rivers, all of which make it a haven for those in search of opportunities for wild swimming. Its popularity has grown in recent years as more and more discover the numerous health benefits of spending time in natural bodies of water. On flat days, brave the Atlantic Ocean out before us and absorb all the saltwater goodness, and for a safer swim, check out the tidal pools at Westward Ho! and The Tunnels in Ilfracombe. For icy cold plunge pools, seek out the rivers of Exmoor. The National Trust’s Watersmeet, where the ravine is surrounded by overgrown ferns and oaks and even has its own waterfall, is an idyllic spot and usually safe unless it’s particularly rough. Closer to home, our large outdoor pool is unheated October to May for cold dips or laps, then return to the warm sanctuary of our Thermal Suite.

SOURCE CLASSES

SOURCE CLASSES

Whether you have excess energy to burn or looking to stretch, unwind and nurture your body and mind before or after a day’s adventuring; Source fitness and wellbeing classes are included in your stay, check out our current timetable here.