Thanks to its fantastic location in the countryside but within easy reach of the coast, staying at Lea Hill Cottages gives guests plenty of opportunities to enjoy a number of activities, from coastal walks to river cruises, there really is something for everyone when staying at Lea Hill Cottages.
As they are located on the Blackdown Hills, Lea Hill Cottage are surrounded by a myriad of footpaths and bridleways just waiting to be discovered and allowing guests to safely wander the local area on foot. There are also a number of nearby starting points for the South West Coast Path, where you can park, walk and then return on the public transport. Alternatively, there are the Somerset Levels and Vale of Taunton to explore, as well as East Devon and Dorsets Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
No matter your level of experience there are ample routes for cyclists to explore in around Membury and Axminster. For the more experienced cyclists why not try the routes around Musbury and alongside the River Axe. Alternatively, there are two Sustrans routes nearby, route 2 and route 33 both routes take in the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with sections suitable for more novice riders and families with children, such as the tree-covered lanes between Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton. Also, nearby is the Exe Estuary Trail, which includes two passenger and cycle ferries.
There are many different water sports to enjoy along the south Devon and Dorset coastline. You can kayak from Seaton Bay with kit and courses available from Seaton Bay Watersports. Go sailing with the Lyme Regis Sea School, which launch from the ancient Cobb Harbour. For something a little different, try your hand at a sport of stand-up paddleboarding, with more experienced paddleboarders able to take part in a SUP safari with Whiskey Jack Boards. Sea swimming is enjoyable from both Lyme Regis and Charmouth’s beaches, with beautiful clear waters to dive into, there are also several other beaches within easy reach varying in size and popularity.
There are a few good riding stables nearby where those with a love for horse riding can enjoy a fun filled day. At Woodhouse Stables all levels of experience are welcome as small groups head off to explore the Devon, Dorset and Somerset countryside. There is also the Devenish Pitt Stables, a family run yard with experienced instructors on hand to accommony hacks out across the countryside. Finally there is the Budleigh Salterton Riding School with everyone from age 4 welcome. At this stable yard they offer both scenic and back hacks, as well as special packages including picnic hacks and own a pony days for children.
The nearest golf course can be found in Lyme Regis less than a 10 mile drive. This challenging 18-hole, par 71 course welcomes visitors to experience this stunning scenery from its cliff top location with some outstanding views over the Jurassic coastline such as those towards Portland Bill. Although a challenging course, Lyme Regis is ideal for all abilities.
Stuart Line Cruises has regularly been voted as one of the top family attractions in Devon. The boat sails around the Devon coastline taking in the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, as well as cruising along the River Exe and visiting some of the pretty coastal towns and villages. The all-weather, family and dog friendly cruises are available all year round and have a number of departure points along the south Devon coast, such as the nearby town of Seaton.
At Lower Bruckland Trout Fishery in Devon there are plenty of lakes and opportunities for fly fisherman to try their hand at catching one of the rainbow trout, with some exceeding 13lbs.