Saunton Sands, (a 5 minute drive) almost three miles of sandy beach that backs onto Braunton Burrows, ensuring that even in the height of summer you’ll be able to “get away from it all”. The beach is perfect for winter walks, relaxing in the summer sun or catching a wave with your board. There is a café/bar on the beachfront with balcony terrace, surf hire & tuition, takeaway and beach shop.
Braunton Burrows is the largest sand dune system in the UK, home to the Marsh Marigold and Evening Primrose. These combined with the diversity of other plant and animal life has lead to it’s designation as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. You can walk from North Street to the Burrows (~ 1 mile) and from here on to Saunton Sands.
Croyde is a famed surf hot spot; a beautiful beach within a wide reaching bay, again with surf hire and takeaway facilities at the beach entrance. There is also a riding stables located here and leisure swimming pool at the Ruda complex. Croyde centre hosts several surf and gift shops with ice cream parlours, cafés and pubs to match any appetite, plus thatched cottages appealing to the eye.
Baggy Point, owned by the National Trust, is the rocky outcrop west of Croyde, separating it from Putsborough and Woolacombe, through which the South West Coastal path passes. It provides spectacular views of the coast which can only be fully appreciated from the coastal path that runs from Croyde to Mortehoe lighthouse, north east of Woolacombe. Stop at the NT Tearooms
Georgeham nestles between Croyde and Woolacombe and is a small village made famous by its one time resident Henry Williamson, author of Tarka the Otter.
Putsborough beach is reached through overgrown single lane country roads past Croyde, but is well worth the trip. Long and sandy, plus a large rocky outcrop helps give Putsborough a Cornish feel. It’s home to fine but protected surf (for those blustery days) with a beach shop and takeaway.
Woolacombe is a bustling seaside resort three miles along the beach from Putsborough, with numerous beach shops and eateries with a variety of shops within the town. Barricane and Gunta beaches are smaller coves with restricted tidal access just along from Woolacombe Sands.
For greater solitude Mortehoe can be found a mile or so east of Woolacombe. This quiet village can provide you with a cream tea, pub food or fish and chips as you soak up the enchanting surroundings. A short walk will reward you with the beach of Rockham with its clear waters and peaceful surroundings.
The coastal settlements of Ilfracombe and Coombe Martin are situated to the north of Braunton. To the south across the estuary is the beach of Westwood Ho! and picturesque villages of Appledore and Clovelly.