Braunton is the gateway to the northern coast. A visit here gives you easy access to some of the country's best beaches and is ideal for anyone who loves surfing and watersports, but that isn't all. It is also home to the North Devon Biosphere and falls within the region's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Biosphere and Natural Landscape (AONB)
Situated in the heart of North Devon’s Natural Landscape (formerly known as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or AONB), the village also incorporates Braunton Burrows, home to England’s largest sand dune system and one of only two surviving examples of medieval open strip farming systems in the country. The North Devon Biosphere Reserve is one of just 669 biosphere reserves from around the world. It was the first one to be established in the UK, where it now joins six other sites, all of which are ecologically diverse and are designated as sites of significant interest, both scientifically and culturally.
Braunton village is a great base to explore this amazing part of North Devon, there are lots of places to discover, including beaches, great cafés, cycle trails and more.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Braunton have a beach?
Braunton doesn't have a beach, the nearest beach is at Saunton Sands which is one of the best beaches in the UK and is part of the UK Surf Reserve. It is an 8 minute drive from Braunton to Saunton Sands, or you can use the cycle route, which will get you there in 15 minutes.Find out more about Saunton Beach here
Is Braunton the biggest village in England?
Braunton is said to be the largest village in England.Find out more here
Does Braunton have a train station?
No, Braunton's train station is closed in 1970, the nearest station is at Barnstaple, which is around 5 miles away. There are several transport links which can be picked up at Barnstaple station including taxis and buses.Plan your journey here
How long are Braunton Burrows
Braunton Burrows is around 5km long and is one of the most important sand dune systems in Britain. It forms part of the region's UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.Find out more here
Can you walk on Braunton Burrows?
Yes, there are several walks that are designed to give you great views was well as taking you past points of historical interest. Walks through the Burrows will also give you a chance to see plants that are unique to the area.Find out more here
Are dogs allowed at Braunton Burrows?
Dogs are allowed on Braunton Burrows, however please keep dogs on a lead when livestock are grazing and remove all waste.Find out more here
Where can I park in Braunton?
For Braunton Burrows, you can park at Sandy Lane Car Park and follow the main path to the Burrows.
Other car parks include:
Caen Street Car Park
Exeter Road Car Park
Chaloners Road Car Park
Crow Point Car Park
Saunton Sands Car Park
Down End Car Park