Local Information : Sport in Devon
Local Information : Sport in Devon
Local Information : Sport in Devon
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Clay Pigeon Shooting in Devon

If you are an experienced shot or you fancy having a go, Devon is an excellent venue to go clay pigeon shooting.  The local shooting ground is Ashcombe Activity Centre which offers a 50 shot beginners' taster lesson, or if you have your own equipment and the necessary licence they have; a skeet range, compact, down the line and a wide range of sporting layouts in the woods including a high tower that throws the clays over your head at 150 feet! Below is a video clip of the Skeet range at Ashcombe. 

Sunday morning at Ashcombe is a good day to go shooting. Shooters meet at 10 am, group up and make their way around the stands watching each other attempt to hit the clays until around lunch. There is a bar on site so you can have a drink afterwards to praise or more likely mock each others performance of the morning.

Horse Riding in Devon

Devon offers a wide array of horse riding, whether it's a ride across open moor, hack down country lanes, or, for the more adventurous, gallop along the beach.

Local stables cater for all levels of rider from complete beginner to advanced rider.

Cycling in Devon

Devon is the ideal location for cycling whether it's off-road tracks, leisurely afternoon rides or long distance routes.

Ride one of the many cycle routes to seek out secluded spots and beautiful vistas. It's a great way to have a picnic or discover a local pub. For the hardcore mountain bikers, who prefer muddy trails and challenging routes, then Woodbury Common and Haldon Hill are a great start.

Buzzard Regional Cycle Route is an 80-mile cycle route around glorious East Devon which forms part of a wider National Cycle Network. The route has been developed by East Devon District Council and links East Devon's main towns passing through stunning coastal areas providing an ideal cycling trip.

Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton Cycle Route is an old railway line between Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton and gives the rider a relaxing, traffic free route.

Devon Cycle Hire, provide bike hire for all ages and sizes with over a hundred bikes to choose from. They are located directly on Dartmoor's famous Granite Way cycle path which means you can start having fun straight away. The Granite Way cycle path has lovely scenery, vantage points and picnic spots along the way. For more information contact them direct via this link.

Golf in Devon

Devon is a fantastic golfing destination, for complete beginner to weathered veteran and we're sure you will enjoy the world class courses the local area has to offer. With in excess of 50 courses to choose from you will find the ideal course for you.

"Kate's dad 'Al', a keen golfer, raves on about East Devon Golf Club in Budleigh Salterton. Its amazing panoramic sea views help relax him when his game doesn't go to plan".

East Devon Golf Club is situated on the cliff top above Budleigh Salterton, at the western end of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, the Club commands magnificent views along the coast. On a clear day Berry Head is visible to the south west and to the east the high point of the distant Portland Bill in Dorset can be seen 35 miles away.

East Devon is regarded by many as one of the finest courses in the South West and is well reviewed in the Top 100 Golf Courses of the British Isles. At 6231 yards, it is not a long course, but offers a fair and interesting test of golf that requires accurate shot-making in order to score well. The fairways have been cut through a profusion of heather and gorse and, according to Peter Alliss, the 16th tee provides ‘the best view in golf'.

Thanks to its excellent drainage the course is rarely closed due to rain, though, occasionally, a mist rolls in from the Channel, and so checking the local weather forecast is advisable, particularly if travelling any distance to play the course.

Karting Motorsport in Devon

If you enjoy Motorsport and have always wanted to get behind the wheel of a 40 mile an-hour Kart then Devon is a great place to do it.

Devon's premier outdoor karting circuit is Mansell Raceway. Mansell Raceway has enjoyed a long association with former F1 World Champion Nigel Mansell and is currently run by his two sons Greg and Leo, who are both professional racing drivers.

The Mansell Raceway is a fantastic venue for novice or experienced drivers and they welcome stag and hen do's, birthdays and corporate entertaining. The impressive outdoor circuit is 750m long, ensuring you experience the thrill of racing against the elements taking the driver closer to the feel of the professional racing formulas. They can tailor the packages and driving experiences to suit your needs. For bookings and more information call them on: 0844 544 1992 or visit Mansell Raceway. The circuits address is: Mansell Raceway, Dunkeswell Aerodrome, Dunkeswell, Honiton, Devon, EX14 4LT

Mucking around in the air in Devon

There is a multitude of airborne activities in Devon, whether it's taking controls of a light aircraft or helicopter, jumping out of a plane, or enjoying a relaxing balloon ride whilst taking in the beautiful Devon countryside.

My husband Guy had a flying lesson for his birthday at Honition airport and had a fantatic time at the controls of a small Cessner.

"It was an awesome experience, I loved every minute of it! Flying low over the sea and along the coast was spectacular".

Fishing in Devon

Devon is an Aladdin's cave of fishing opportunities. You can fish from one of the many the beaches, off the banks of one the beautifully clean rivers and peaceful lakes or take a deep sea fishing trip.

The majority of deep sea fishing trips depart from Exmouth, Appledore or Brixham. If you fancy trying your hand at fly fishing for trout, the river Exe and Tamar are popular destinations.

Fritter a way a few hours at one of the many reservoirs and lakes, all are well stocked with carp, tench and rudd.

You can fish along numerous beaches and breakwaters which depending on the season are great for catching mackerel and bass.

"Our friend Randy is an expert hand at catching and barbequing fresh Mackerel off the beach at Budleigh during May, June and July, it tastes so good when its caught and cooked within minutes!"

 
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