Last week I packed up the husband, the kids, the car and headed west. We went down to North Devon to surf, but thats another story… I’ll blog about next week. This blogs about a little day trip I took south of where we were staying.
Whenever I have a family vacay booked, I always hit up google for some local wake advice to see if its worth packing my board in the back seat with the kids. Turns out it was worth it this time. Down on the west coast, there is a lovely cable setup called North Devon Wake Park. Its situated in a tourist attraction called The Milky Way, so I thought it was going to be like turning up to FestWake…(in a huge complex with a cinema, coffee shops etc) How wrong was I. Its more like turning up to Hannams (quietly situated in the middle of many many farmers fields). You take the turning into The Milky Way park but follow the arrows and useful hand crafted signage (I particularly liked the ‘you can drive down here’ sign), down through a large field filled with sheep and lots of lambs which was lovely in itself (yes, you can tell I’ve got kids can’t you because I’m showing appreciation to the lambs). You then come into the cable from slightly higher ground so you can get a great view of the park. Its a beautiful setting.
There are two cables there (System 2’s), one has smaller features and the other has larger features, so theres something to suits your needs however beginner, intermediate or advanced you are.
I played on the cable with the smaller features… just kidding, the other one. Its a great cable with all unit toys – a box / wall ride, a-frame and a couple of kickers. The locals have also fashioned a homemade pipe which is pretty cool as well. I had a bloody freezing (I actually had to bust out the gloves, it had snowed that morning!) but really fun ride down there.
The people are super friendly and extremely welcoming and accommodating. Their pro shop is filled with goodies and already has loads of character which is quite rare for fairly a new cable. You’d think the shop had been there for ten years with its worn in comfy leather sofas, signed posters and stickers on the walls/ceiling, and a great selection of kit and clothing. And for when the weather is that little or a lot bit warmer, theres ample amount of decking and picnic benches to sit and enjoy the post ride stoke. Definitely worth hitting up if you’re in the area or looking for a wake road trip.
Phone: 07956 009047
Facebook: North Devon Wake Park