Activities are used in a variety of ways on our courses at Skern Lodge.  


Whatever age, whatever purpose of your programme, our tutors will tailor each activity to ensure you achieve the best learning outcomes and have fun together.

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Either offered as part of a climbing and abseiling session on the Skern Lodge tower or as an arranged day on the North Devon coast.

Abseiling is the controlled descent down a vertical or steep surface using a rope.

Quay jumping with Skern Lodge

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Bridge/Quay Jump

If time and high tide are just right, we may be able to arrange a leap from Appledore Quay or Bideford old bridge into the River Torridge.

It's only a short swim back to the shore and is carefully managed by instructors both on and off the water to ensure your safety.

Crate Stacking with Skern Lodge

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Crate Stacking

Place crate upon crate while you balance on top of your tower - how high can you go before your tower topples to the ground?

You are secured with safety ropes so once the tower topples you will be safely suspended in the air before being gently let back down to earth.

High Allaboard on the Skern Lodge high ropes course

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High Ropes


Our new high ropes course stands 12 metres high.

The course can be used for a variety of challenges - High beams, multi-vines, scramble net and even a trapeze. Just a few of the elements on offer.

Orienteering with Skern Lodge

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Using detailed maps to navigate from point to point in the least amount of time, orienteering can be a competitive sport or simply as a bit of enjoyment.

With a variety of courses to suit all types of ability, this is a great way to improve teamwork and map skills.

Rafting with Skern Lodge

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Fun and exciting team challenge activity.


Using an inflatable raft you and your team will journey along the River Torridge.

Racing and bumping other rafts along the way is guaranteed to lead to a fun filled, fast paced session on the water.

Surfing with Skern Lodge

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With one of the ideal safe surf beaches on our doorstep, Westward Ho! provides the ideal location to take to the waves.

We offer surf sessions using soft surfboards. These are ideal for beginner and intermediate surfers.

Team challenge exercises with Skern Lodge

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Team Challenge

The Team Challenge involves practical exercises which require the team to work effectively together to achieve success.

The Team Challenge is sometimes linked into a theme such as our popular 'Rockets & Riddles' or 'Fantasy Quest' for our younger future leaders.

Archery at Skern Lodge

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Nock... Draw... Loose!

Hit the target, measure your progress and finish with some fun archery based games and competitions.

Archery teaches concentration,

coordination and self-discipline. 

Climbing with Skern Lodge

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Climbing is an exhilarating sport that can appeal to all levels of ability. 


On site we have two climbing walls. 


We have a low level traversing wall to practise climbing skills and a full height climbing tower with two walls to stretch and challenge.

Crabbing with Skern Lodge

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Crabbing is a favourite pastime for all ages off Appledore Quay. 


Dangle weight and bait over the quay, pull ashore and mind the claws!

Ideal as an evening activity following a walk into Appledore or to run alongside a RIB powerboat ride.


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Enjoy a trip along the River Torridge, our sheltered estuary.

For most sessions we use Sit-on-tops, which allow for two people and as the name suggests you sit on top.


But if you would rather like a closed cockpit let us know.

Powerboating with Skern Lodge

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Ride and Drive.

A fast blast in our RIB Powerboat at top speed.

Take the wheel under the guidance of our qualified instructor and experience racing across the seas.

​Find out more about our Powerboat Charter here

Rafting with Skern Lodge

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Raft Building

Design, build and journey on your raft along the River Torridge.

Using barrels and poles and a few taught knots, groups construct their ideal raft to transport themselves along the river.

Surfski with Skern Lodge

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To surfski is a cross between surfing and kayaking. Flat like a surfboard but sat on and paddled like a kayak.


Take to the waves at Westward Ho!

Tunnels with Skern Lodge

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Designed to develop group support and trust as you learn to rely on your senses to navigate your way around the tunnels system.

Our experienced staff will develop the session to suit your needs and by the end of the activity you will leave with a real sense of achievement.

Body Boarding with Skern Lodge

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Body Boarding

Body boarding is great fun and quick to learn too.

It's a bit like surfing but on smaller boards, but unlike surfing you don't stand up, instead you lie on the board and catch the next big wave back to shore.

Coastal Traversing with Skern Lodge

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Coastal Traversing

Coastal traversing involves climbing and scrambling around the sea cliffs.

Traverse along, over, under, around and through the rocky obstacles. 

Try and stay dry as you find a way to dodge the rock pools. You may even come across the odd piece of shipwreck.

Hartland day with Skern Lodge

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Hartland Day

Spend the whole day on the beautiful North Devon coastline. Explore, walk and scrambling over the rugged natural features.

Opportunity to spend time walking and coastal traversing in this amazing location. Subject to tides and conditions.

Off road cycling with Skern Lodge

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Off Road Bikes

We use mountain bikes to explore the Tarka Trail, part of the north Devon cycle path network.


We leave the cycle hire centre and follow the bank of the River Torridge either south to Torrington or north towards Instow and beyond.

Pool kayak with Skern Lodge

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Pool Kayak

Learn the basic skills needed and practise some kayaking techniques in our outdoor heated swimming pool.

You can also join in some fun kayak games.

Seashore Trail with Skern Lodge

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Seashore Trail

The diverse shoreline at Westward Ho! is an ideal place to investigate the many weird and wonderful creatures and organisms found on the coast.

Learn about creature adaptations, habitats, coastal processes and much more.

Assault Course with Skern Lodge

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Team Assault Course

An assault course that will flex your muscles and test your teamwork abilities.

Make your way through a series of connecting obstacles including the wall, rope bridges, balance beams and a zip wire.

Zip wire at Skern Lodge

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Zip Wire


Your friends haul you to the top of the tallest pole, pull the quick release and before you know it you are flying along at speed.

Fast, furious and great fun.

We have a mini-Zip on our Team Assault Course too.


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