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Braunton

Braunton is the Jewel in North Devon’s Crown

Braunton North Devon gives you some history about Braunton which means ” Deep Valleys “. and is a large pretty village with the very best of amenities. Below sea level in a basin surrounded by magnificent rare nature and preserved eco systems . Braunton Burrows with over 400 plant and 33 butterfly species,  Braunton Marshes, with rare sightings of pelicans as well as the regular king fisher and heron, Braunton Great Fields a medieval farming system remarkably still operating strips of land today and supplying vegetables to local shops and markets.

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Once Braunton supplied tulips to the rest of the world supplying 30,000 flowers a week, when the trains ran through Braunton Station before becoming the Tarka Trail.  Gamekeepers supplied rabbits to London restaurants and during the 2nd world war Americans came here and trained on the Burrows.

Today Braunton in North Devon is still the heart and gateway with great recreational space, museums and amenities.  Whilst some coastal resorts close or slow down in winter, Braunton is still a hive of activity with a lively atmosphere, filled with people excited about their adventures and sharing ideas in the award winning restaurants. There are many places to eat in Braunton from French food to fish & chips as well as takeaways and street food all within walking distance from here.

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Braunton North Devon

Braunton North Devon with amazing diverse countryside, wildlife, and stunning scenery attract artists like Damien Hirst, Photographers like Ian Rankin, sportsmen like James Cracknell, and golfer Nick Faldo, musicians, and film crews like Top Gear for it’s jaw dropping set.

Braunton has a Surfing culture at it’s core with a museum of British Surfing, surf cafe and shops as well as Reeds Chillcheaters suppliers of wet suits and equipment ( and  famously for the James Bond movie) and from this core of surf culture out to all the famous surf beaches all within a 20 minute drive, from Saunton Beach famous for longboard competitions, ( the Hotdoggers Club ) 2.8 miles away and Croyde famous for great onshore breaks, Woolacombe and Putsborough as well as more challenging surf at Hartland or Lynmouth.

Braunton North Devon

If we take Braunton as being the hub and then turn in any direction, you will be within 30 minutes of the very best North Devon has to offer. RHS Rosemoor Gardens Torrington, Historical market towns of BarnstapleBideford and South Molton.  Diving trips from Ilfracombe to Lundy Island, beach life at Westward Ho ! , Woolacombe and Instow. Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks, and the very best in activities, like walking, cycling, hang gliding, kayaking, world class golf at Saunton Golf Club, famous surfing beaches like Croyde, and with it’s highest cliffs in southern Britain near Combe Martin is a cliff face called Great Hangman at 318m.

So much, and so close and with great public transport links, but even closer within walking distance, from here is the Tarka Trail, Crow Point Beach, Braunton Burrows, Braunton Marshes and Braunton Great Fields.

Tarka trail

Route 27 of the old railway line runs from Ilfracombe to Plymouth and is 102 miles long. The section named after Tarka the Otter starts in Braunton close to here and goes to Barnstaple, Fremington Quay, Instow, Bideford, Torrington past the Puffing Billy and ends at Meeth. 32 miles of traffic free bliss to cycle as much as you like. Otters can be spotted along the Caen River which along with the Tarka Trail run straight through the centre of Braunton.

Tarka Trail

Crow Point Beach

Crow Point Beach is under 2 miles from Braunton. It is at the end of the sand dune system of Braunton Burrows, and there is a board walk through the dunes to Saunton Sands. Nature lovers will be able to peacefully watch the wildlife and vast open scenery of beach and countryside coming together along with estuary and sea. Great for drift wood, stones and shell collections. The White House that stands on Crow Point Beach is a focus for photographers and artists like John Henderson from Braunton who skillfully uses a palette knife to paint the dramatic coast lines.

Braunton Burrows

With a wide range of rare flowers and insects in the largest sand dune system in the U K Braunton Burrows is the first Unesco Biosphere Reserve and has been the scene for many films. A beautiful place to walk, have a picnic, paint, take photos or just sit and feel the magic this unique unspoiled landscape gives to us.

After all these years, I can still walk up one of the many footpaths to the top of Braunton and look down over the village, over the Taw estuaries and the beaches and towns and dunes and then the field in front of Holmsleigh that stands out in it’s tranquil surroundings and it always still takes my breath away.