Skern Lodge (No Pets)

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Skern Lodge (No Pets)

Key Features
Direct access to tidal waters of the Taw and Torridge Estuary
On-site facilities including toilets, showers, washing up points, and helpful instruction staff
15-minute stroll away from Appledore and 10 minutes by car from Bideford for attractions

Need a break from the hustle of everyday life?

Get ready for fishing, surfing or rafting at Skern Lodge, an outdoor activity centre located in the lush North Devon countryside.

With direct access to the tidal waters of the Taw and Torridge estuary and 22 acres of green fields, Skern Lodge is the ideal choice for a peaceful getaway and a spot of watersports. On-site facilities include toilets, showers, a washing-up point, as well as supportive instruction staff to guide and help you during your trip.

Head over to reception – they offer a variety of watersports sessions that will suit all levels, such as rafting, river kayaking, and surfing.

The stunning coastal village of Appledore is only a 15-minute stroll away and has plenty of pubs, independent delis, and other attractions.

Bideford, which is 10 minutes away by car, provides the chance to board a ferry out to Lundy Island, with a two-hour crossing duration. If you’re looking for a break from the monotony of everyday life and an enjoyable adventure in nature, Skern Lodge is for you.

FAQs about Skern Lodge

  • Q: What activities can I take part in at Skern Lodge?
    A: Skern Lodge is a popular outdoor activity centre with direct access to the tidal waters of the Taw and Torridge estuary, offering guests the chance to try rafting, river kayaking and surfing with expert instructors.

    • Q: Is Skern Lodge environmentally conscious?
      A: Yes, Skern Lodge is keen to keep its environmental impact to a minimum and encourages its guests to do the same.

    • Q: How far away is Appledore?
      A: Appledore is within walking distance, just a 15 minute stroll away.

    • Q: What can I do in Appledore?
      A: Appledore features local pubs, independent delis and plenty of coastal walks.

    • Q: How long is the ferry crossing to Lundy Island?
      A: The ferry crossing to Lundy Island takes approximatley two hours.

    • Q: What facilities are available at Skern Lodge?
      A: Skern Lodge offers basic facilities such as toilets, showers, and a washing-up point.

    • Q: How far is Bideford from Skern Lodge?
      A: Bideford is 10 minutes’ drive from Skern Lodge.


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Skern Lodge Reviews

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Address: Skern Lodge, Appledore, Bideford EX39 1NG, UK

Jason Luckhurst avatarJason Luckhurst
a month ago
I loved it when I went decades ago and did 5 full days of various daughter has just done 4 half days full of activities and she loved it. Highly recommend to anyone who wants to try adventurous activities
Sarah Frost avatarSarah Frost
6 months ago
Amazing centre that are always happy to help. Staff are fantastic. Showers hot, beds comfortable and the food is incredible. Just what you need when you have to take 61 children on a residential in November!
Julia Saunders avatarJulia Saunders
2 months ago
Just used the outdoor pool with a group for an hour in the evening. Pool heated to 28 degrees, air temperature was not! 🤣🤣🤣
I loved it so much! it took long to go there but Prue and the rest of the members are so kind and I miss you all alreadyy but it’s nice to be home ❤️ 🫶🏽(loved the activities especially the fashion runway 😂 ) ❤️
Tim Allen avatarTim Allen
2 years ago
Recently discovered that you can book the outdoor heated pool privately. Took all the family including nine grandchildren. Had a great time and can fully recommend it. Not only private but also cheaper for a big group than going to the local indoor pool.
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The address for Skern Lodge (No Pets) we have is: Appledore, Bideford, Devon, England, EX39 1NG. Use the map below for a closer view. Do check with your host for a definite location.

Contact Information

Postal Address
Appledore, Bideford, Devon, England, EX39 1NG

About the Local Area (Bideford)

Bideford is a charming port town located in North Devon, England. It is situated on the estuary of the River Torridge and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.

What is Bideford Famous For?

Bideford is famous for its historic architecture, including the impressive Bideford Long Bridge, which spans the River Torridge.

The town also has a rich maritime history, with many ships and sailors setting sail from its harbour. Additionally, Bideford is known for being the birthplace of Sir Richard Grenville, a celebrated Elizabethan sailor.

Things to Do in Bideford

Bideford offers a range of activities for visitors to enjoy. Here are three of the most popular:

  • Visit the Burton Art Gallery and Museum
    This award-winning attraction houses a collection of artwork and artefacts from local artists and craftsmen. Visitors can explore the history of Bideford and its surroundings, and enjoy temporary exhibitions throughout the year.
  • Take a stroll along the quayside
    The picturesque quayside offers stunning views of the River Torridge and is home to a number of independent shops, cafes and restaurants. Visitors can also watch the local fishing boats coming in with their catch.
  • Explore the Tarka Trail
    The Tarka Trail is a 180-mile walking and cycling route that winds through the stunning North Devon countryside. Bideford is the perfect starting point for exploring this beautiful part of the world.

Things Near Bideford

If you have time to venture further afield, here are three popular attractions near Bideford:

  • Clovelly Village
    This picturesque fishing village is located just a short drive from Bideford and is famous for its cobbled streets and traditional architecture. Visitors can explore the village and learn about its fascinating history, or simply relax in one of the many cafes or pubs.
  • Hartland Abbey
    This stunning stately home and gardens is located just a few miles from Bideford and is open to the public. Visitors can explore the beautifully landscaped gardens, admire the impressive architecture of the house, and learn about its fascinating history.
  • The Big Sheep
    This family-friendly attraction is located just a few miles from Bideford and offers a range of activities for visitors of all ages. From sheep racing to pony rides, there is plenty to keep everyone entertained.

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