A memorable activity holiday in North Devon.

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Ocean Backpackers in Ilfracombe is nestled in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and offers plenty of choices for a memorable activity holiday or mini-break. With numerous activities ranging from thrilling adrenalin-filled coasteering sessions to mellow walks along the spectacular South West Coast Path.  There is something for everyone in this stunning part of the UK!


Activity Holiday from Ocean Backpackers


You could stat your activity holiday with a spot of coasteering. This popular adrenalin filled activity is fabulous for traversing the spectacular North Devon coast line. It’s led by a fully qualified instructor and combines climbing, abseiling and adventure swimming. All equipment is provided allowing you to safely experience some scary high rocks jumping into the swirling seas below!



Surfing from Ocean Backpackers


If you have never tried surfing before-or want to brush up on your technique, why not take a lesson with a BSA instructor at some awesome surf spots, including the award winning Woolacombe Beach and Croyde Bay. Surfing is great fun and a holiday activity that all the family can enjoy!




Walking. Activity Holidays at Ocean Backpackers



The South West Coast Path is virtually on our doorstep allowing you to enjoy some stunning half and full day walks along beautiful coastline with fantastic views across the Bristol Channel to the welsh coast and Lundy Island. Nearby resorts such as Woolacombe and Combe Martin can be visited by foot and there is always a bus back for those with weary legs!

South West Coast Path official website


Cycling from Ocean Backpackers Cycling from Ocean Backpackers



Cyclists are very welcome at Ocean Backpackers and we have great overnight storage to store your bike safely during your stay! Many guests choose to stay with us before embarking on the Devon C2C challenge (Route 27).  There are also leisurely fun cycle routes to enjoy locally too, such as the Tarka Trail and the scenic circular Ilfracombe/Woolacombe cycle route. With this route you can enjoy 15 miles of cycling through traffic free sections of the old railway line, along quiet country roads and past quaint Devonian villages. Maybe finished off with a pint or two in one of Ilfracombe’s friendly pubs, a stumble away from Ocean Backpackers!

Tarka trail official website


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Boat Trips

The picturesque harbour of Ilfracombe is s short stroll from Ocean Backpackers. From here you can take a spectacular wildlife and coastal cruise. Alternatively take a trip on the Ilfracombe Sea Safari (10 metre humber ribs which reach exhilarating speeds speeds of up to 20 knots!). All boat trips offer chances to spot dolphins, seals and rare birds  as well as Exmoor Safaris.  On top of these you can go on swimming with seals at Lundy Island. Definitely one for the bucket list!


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And much more….

Diving, horseriding, fishing, quad biking, kayaking……….the list goes on!! Not to mention, all the fab places you can explore by foot from our homely base such as  Tunnels Beaches, Ilfracombe Museum, Ilfracombe Aquarium, Chambercombe Manor……and by car-Exmoor National Park, Clovelly, Braunton Burrows etc. It would seem such a shame to come so far too-without taking a day trip by boat to the Marine Reserve of Lundy Island and see an abundance of wildlife, including puffins, thriving in such a tranquil place! Or stay with us before and after your special visit to this beautiful Island paradise.


So many activities…..so little time! You will just have to extend your stay at Ocean Backpackers so that you can make the most of your perfect mini-break this summer! With our budget prices-you will have more money to spend on doing the things you love and creating some magical memories to treasure!!


About Ocean Backpackers

Self catering accommodation at Ocean Backpackers, Ilfracombe, Devon
Abby & Chris opened Ocean Backpackers in 2002. Both spent many years backpacking throughout the world and actually first met in a backpackers in Perth, Australia. They were keen to put their experience of hostels throughout the world into providing quality hostel accommodation in perfect surroundings. The result is a first class, award winning and very popular hostel.