Holiday Activities near Crooked Lake Cottage

Appledore & Westward Ho!

Appledore is a very old fishing village close to the mouth of the River Torridge. Walk the narrow streets and you will discover the many art and craft galleries, with lots of nice places to eat including a first class deli, and of course this is the home of the famous Hockings Ice creams not to be missed, (often licked but never beaten). Three places to visit are the marine museum/the lifeboat station/Gallery Marine which is run by Audrey Hinks. The Hinks were boat builders and were renowned for building replica sailing ships including the Golden Hinde & the Matthew.

Westward Ho is well worth a visit, with a truly great beach both for the family but also for the surfers. If you want to learn to surf this is the place. Contact [email protected] the beach is especially nice as it is a Blue flagged beach and you can treat your selves to Hockings ice creams.

The rock pool which has been in existence for 120 years has been renovated and is now safe to use see The pool is at the southern end of the beach

Bideford & District

This is the closest large town to Crooked Lake with all the usual supermarkets local shops and much more see notes under Retail therapy in North Devon. The following experiences are a must,

The Big Sheep

A great family day out fun for all ages, experience sheep racing/horse whispering/dog & duck trials, do not miss the sheep that strut their stuff to music. This is Devon’s number one attraction see more on

The Milky Way

Again another family favourite here you will find Devon’s longest/fastest/largest roller coaster and it is seriously fast. They also have an extra large indoor adventure play area with an assault course and slides for both the young children and big children (adults) more details from

Lundy Island

This is a great trip by either by boat or helicopter, Lundy is about 11 miles offshore into the Bristol Channel it is about 3miles long and is about a half mile wide. There are 3 light houses of which 2 are still working /a castle/a church/a shop and lastly a good tavern. The boat trip on the MS Oldenburg either from Bideford or Ilfracombe is an excellent way to get to Lundy. Remember Lundy is famous for its nesting Puffins, for more information [email protected]

The Tarka Trail and Instow

Bikes can be hired in Bideford at Bideford Cycle Hire; they are really helpful with lots of information and advice. It takes about 30 to 45 minutes to get to Instow where there is a good sandy beach. There are plenty of places to eat and then you can carry on along the trail to Fremington again Hockings Ice creams can be enjoyed at Instow. The Tarka trail can also be started at Torrington which is closer to Crooked Lake, cycles can be hired from Torridge Cycle Hire, Station Yard, Torrington. Telephone 01805 622633


The nearest golf course is the Royal Devon Golf Club which is about 1 to 2 miles from Bideford Town centre near Westward Ho; this club claims to be the oldest in England & Wales being founded in 1864

Clovelly & Hartland Point

Clovelly is a world famous fishing village built under a 400 foot high cliff, the cobbled streets are traffic free except for the donkeys! It really is worth the walk up & down to experience the stunning views and the peaceful tranquillity, the village has been owned by the same family since 1738.The donkeys carry goods up the hill and sledges bring stuff down, this is still an active fishing port and it has a RNLI Lifeboat stationed here. For more visit

Hartland Abbey & Gardens

Hartland Abbey was built around 1157 it remained as an abbey for 400 years, before passing through the female line 3 times. It still remains owned by the same family having never been sold and it still is lived in by descendants of the original family. The gardens are excellent with peacocks and guinea fowl freely roaming, the old Deer Park is the home to donkeys and black welsh mountain sheep.
Hartland point and light house is about 1 mile from Hartland Quay.

Great Torrington & District

Great Torrington has loads of history with a notable Roundheads & Cavillers battle in 1646, so be sure to visit the 1646 exhibition visit [email protected]. Henry Williamson wrote his world famous “Tarka the Otter” here in the 1920’s.

RHS Rosemoor Gardens

The renowned RHA Rosemoor Gardens are very close to Great Torrington, deserve a visit from you. The gardens are large and varied wonderful plants for sale plus a good restaurant and a shop.

Whilst you are exploring Torrington remember to visit The Dartington Glass Factory, where you can watch glass blowing through to the finished product, they have an excellent retail shop with discounted glass stuff

A short car journey away at Merton on the road to Okehampton is Barometer World which has a unique collection of all types of barometers. The shop sells both antique & reproduction instruments as well as repairing and renovating instruments that are in poor condition see [email protected]

Places a Little Further Away

Lynton & Lynmouth

Known as little Switzerland because Lynton is at the top of the cliff whilst Lynmouth is at the bottom by the sea, they are joined by a Victorian Cliff Railway. In August 1952 extreme rain caused a torrential flood which washed away most of Lynmouth and did great damage.

Dulverton & Tarr Steps

Dulverton is a typical Exmoor Village full of great pubs/tea rooms and craft shops; spend a pleasant hour or two walking beside the river for more information see the web site below. North East of Dulverton the River Barle is crossed by a “clapper” bridge which dates back to 1000bc, this one is the oldest and longest example. There is a great walk from here which can be found on the following site


The market town has a historic pannier market dating back to 1855 and it is still in use today, there is a 3 screen cinema and a 700 seat theatre plus lots of shops, see

Combe Martin

The Wildelife & Dinosaur Park

The Alcock Family recommended this attraction as not to be missed see

The Alcock’s report this is a day that their children still talk about as they interacted with lions/meercats/wolves/falcons/sea lions and lots lots more, it was an all day adventure

Retail therapy in North Devon

Go to the following website then click on retail therapy and off you go and enjoy the experience. Do not forget Atlantic Village on the outskirts of Bideford on the A39, 35 stores offering discounts up to 50% off well known brand retail prices