North Devon has an abundance of beaches from its rocky inlets to its miles of golden sands stretching from Woolacombe to Saunton. Many of these beaches are popular for a range of water sports that can suit a range of abilities and levels of experience.
Feel the thrill of surfing your first wave at Croyde, enjoy sailing the estuary at Instow or snorkelling at Hartland. Sea canoeing, rock pooling, kayaking and wind surfing are also available around the coastline, offering a good range of water sports for all the family to enjoy.
For those just starting out in the waves, or families with young children, head to one of the many beaches that have lifeguards on duty during the summer; these include Croyde, Saunton, Tunnels, Woolacombe and Westward Ho!. Many of these are the ideal place to learn the skill of a new water sport, as well as offering something for any family members who are little more experienced. Several beaches around the coastline will also offer lessons.
Using the old railways of North Devon, the Tarka Trail presents more than 30 miles of almost completely level pathways for walkers and cyclists to pass through some of the area's most beautiful countryside as referenced by Henry Williamson in his classic novel, 'Tarka the Otter'.
The Tarka Trail weaves along the coastline and through towns and villages from Braunton to Meeth, taking in amazing views and the North Devon Biosphere. Along the Tarka Trail there are several places to enjoy a bite to eat or browse the shops. New information boards have only recently been installed and help to illustrate the history of the trail, as well as point out some of the local wildlife.
More experienced cyclists should try their skills of endurance on the hills around Exmoor. Used by previous Tour of Britain riders, these slopes are some of the most difficult in the country and feature some of the most breathtaking scenery and wildlife.
The North Devon coastline is a spectacular region for walkers, with a huge range of diverse footpaths to discover, from those snaking up the highest cliffs in the country to others winding through valleys and across heather blanketed hills.
The South West Coast Path helps to take in all the best landscapes on offer, including Mortehoe, a fantastic viewing area to see the coastline that was once used by smugglers, the Valley of the Rocks, a strange coastal valley, home to a herd of feral goats and strange rock formations, and Combe Martin, a pretty seaside village featuring the highest sea cliffs in England, as well as the highest point of the coast path.
Other places worth visiting to enjoy a leisurely stroll or longer trek are Exmoor, Lundy Island and Hartland. Maps of the local area can easily be purchased in nearby shops and are well worth spending a few pounds on to discover the best of North Devon.
There are several excellent golf courses within a 30 minute drive of Higher Muddiford Farmhouse, so if teeing off is one of your favourite pastimes, make sure you bring your clubs.
To the east of the Farmhouse are Saunton Sands, a famous links course that is ranked in the top 100 in the world, and Willingcott Valley, an 18 hole parkland course with beautiful views across the valley towards Exmoor and perfect for families.
In the other direction is Portmore, which has a challenging 27 hole layout and gorgeous views over Barnstaple. Portmore has a range of courses on offer to golfers from its 18 hole Barum course to the 9 hole Landkey course. There are also full practice facilities, including a 23 bay floodlit driving range and a qualified PGA professional available for tuition.
For something a little more memorable, the Royal North Devon in Westward Ho! is the oldest links course in the country and is packed full of history with its own golfing museum and incredible views across Bideford Bay.
Voted North Devon's most popular family attraction, The Big Sheep near Bideford offers a fantastic day out for all ages. Packed full of fun and laughter for all the family, The Big Sheep has everything from entertainment to rides, animals and live shows.
The Indoor Animal Barn is guaranteed to wow with its baby lambs, puppies, piglets and pets corner where you can get up close to the animals. There is a range of rides on offer too, including the Piggy Pull Along, Twister, Tractor Safari and Carousel. Pony rides can also be arranged.
Whilst at The Big Sheep try and catch one of the many shows featuring Sheep Racing that gives the Grand National a run for its money, sheep shearing, horse whispering and the Beer Show. Once you have seen the animals, head indoors to the Ewetopia playground, get wet in the Splash Zone or take your turn on the jumping pillows.
Other family friendly attractions in the local area surrounding Higher Muddiford Farmhouse include Exmoor Zoo, Combe Martin Dinosaur and Wildlife Park, The Milky Way and Watermouth Castle.