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Ash Barton Estate. Braunton. North Devon

Boating tours, trips & cruises, North Devon

When you’re in North Devon and this close to the water, it’s a shame not to go in it. But if getting your feet wet doesn’t appeal, the boat trips in Devon are the next best thing.

There are all sorts of boating experiences to enjoy in this part of the world. From nearby Ilfracombe Pier you can catch a boat up the coast and back. Or take a tour out to Lundy Island. Look out for the dolphins, porpoises and occasional whales, and the hundreds of seals on the island itself. Or try the tour of Ilfracombe harbour aboard the Hampshire Rose lifeboat. If you haven't totally got your sea legs yet take a potter upriver, along the River Torridge from nearby Appledore. Or the ten-minute estuary crossing on the Appledore and Instow ferry. If you’re feeling adventurous, charter your own boat trip through the Devon scenery, complete with a skipper, and spend a day swimming with the seals or snorkeling, diving or fishing.

And with all that sea air in your lungs you can look forward to a great night’s sleep back at Ash Barton.

Our favourite boating experiences

  • Tour of the coastline
  • Seals and lighthouse safari
  • Lundy Island
  • River Torridge
  • Ilfracombe Princess trip
  • Appledore-Instow ferry
  • Tour of Ilfracombe Harbour

Staying in Ash Barton for 5 days, was the perfect little, local get away I could have asked for, beautiful surroundings, beautiful chapel, beautiful house, even though it's so big, you still feel at home and comfortable. I would recommend staying in this prime, lovely location.

Ele Bingham

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