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Canoeing, sailing, fishing and boating...

Water is everywhere in Devon. From the big waves sometimes found on the North coast to the more sheltered South coast with a host of rivers, lakes, streams and reservoirs in between. Devon is a mecca for watersports such as sailing, surfing, kayaking, canoeing, kitesurfing and wild swimming.

Canoeing & kayaking

The river Dart, for example, has top class white water canoeing through the winter months when water levels are high. In the summer, when the weather is warmer, it's altogether a more tranquil place. A popular trip is to canoe, with the tide, from Totnes towards Dartmouth, stopping on the way at Dittesham or Stoke Gabriel and then paddle back as the tide starts to come back in. For more information about canoeing in the area see the Canoe England website.

Sailing in Devon

The Devon coastal ports of Dartmouth and Salcombe attract a lot of ocean going yachts. However for visitors perhaps staying in a holiday cottage it's also a great place for dinghy sailing. Dittisham on the Dart and Salcombe both have dinghy sailing schools. See for more information.

Surfing in Devon

For Devon's biggest waves most people head to the North Coast. However the South Coast also has some excellent surfing beaches. Bigbury, for example, not only offers malibu and body boarding but has also become a mecca for Kite Survers.


You can thank Triathlon for popularising wild swimming. Prior to that year-round swimming in rivers and lakes was strictly for a hardy few. However with tight fitting swimming specific wetsuits now available wild swimming has taken off. Devon is a great place to do it. There are organised swims down the Dart or around Burgh Island at Bigbury. But it's also perfectly possible just to jump into the sea just about anywhere. And the River Dart has great swimming spots, particularly upstream of Totnes. See

Fishing and boating

Every kind of fishing is on offer in Devon. There is trout and Salmon fishing to be found on several Devon rivers including the Dart and the Avon. There are coarse fishing lakes when you can Carp or other coarse fish. And of course there's the sea. Fish from a pier or from the beach or try a Mackerel fishing trip from Paington or Salcombe. Or more serious fisherman can charter a bigger boat to take them off-shore in search of Conger, Cod or even sharks.

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