Ruby Country activities

Ruby Country is a wonderful place to visit as a horse rider, cyclist and walker, as a holiday, day visit or leisure activity.

Click on the following links to discover some of the ways to explore Ruby Country.

Horse riding

Horse riding is a popular activity and a great way to explore the communities and landscape of Ruby Country. There are a growing number of places allowing you to bring your horses with you on holiday and a growing number of routes to follow.

Family cyclingCycling

Cycling is a great way to get to know Ruby Country, whether you are looking for more challenging routes or want to have a leisurely time with young children.


Footpaths and quiet lanes make for good walking in Ruby Country. It is possible to spend a week walking, or to just spend and hour or so exploring the landscape and its wildlife.


There are permanent orienteering courses in Cookworthy Forest. Orienteering is a good way to explore a place, take exercise and learn new skills.

Anglers ParadiseFishing

With many lakes and rivers, Ruby Country is the place to visit for fishing holidays in Devon.

Fishing is a fine way to experience the peace and tranquility Ruby Country has to offer. Not only a relaxing leisure activity, fishing is a great way to appreciate the peace and tranquility of Ruby Country, come face to face with nature and become part of the landscape. With many opportunities for game and coarse fishing in well stocked fisheries or in superb river locations Ruby Country is the place to challenge yourself, or to just learn the basics of fishing.

Ruby Way signThe Ruby Way will be an important route linking the Tarka Trail to the Cornish Coast at Bude.  It also provides access into Ruby Country increasing the opportunities to explore and linger in this wonderful area.  The Ruby Way offers opportunities for cycling, walking and can be used to create a variety of informal circular routes.

The Ruby Way is currently incomplete and a working in progress, however some sections are open.  Click here to view a map of the current status of the Ruby Way.

Ride the Ruby Country is working to create more route information, which will be available to download once complete.

Cookworthy Forest is also an interesting woodland to visit with well surfaced forest tracks making easy cycling and walking, ideal for a family day out.

There are a number of organisations in Devon promoting and protecting public access.

Devon Ramblers

Devon Ramblers is the area group of the Ramblers Association and has over 3300 members.

Devon Countryside Access Forum

The Devon Countryside Access Forum is a statutory body set up by the County Council under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. The role of the Forum is to improve public access to land for the purposes of open-air recreation and enjoyment.

Devon Green Lanes Group

Devon Green Lanes Group’s remit is to preserve and record the Green Lanes and Public Rights of Way in the county.  It is open to all user groups and interested people and has representatives form different user groups including, Ramblers Association, British Horse Society, Green Lanes Association and Trail Riders Fellowship.

Public transport

It is possible to visit Ruby Country by bus. For information and timetables for buses runnning to and through Holsworthy and Hatherleigh and onward destinations visit Traveline SW.

To contact Ride the Ruby Country click here.

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