An introduction to Braunton North Devon
Braunton North Devon
An introduction to Braunton North Devon is the largest village in the South West and is why it has all the amenities you will need for a short leisure break, holiday or for business and a good reason I rarely go into town.
Staying in a coastal resort is great but many seaside resorts get over crowded in the summer and close down in the winter.
Here you will feel the peace, tranquility and hospitality that a comfortable refreshing break should bring, whilst also having great accessible activities and adventures at your finger tips.
The nearest beach is only 2 miles away, we call it the locals beach, where artists collect driftwood, pebbles and shells and photographers hang out.
There is a large car park at the end of the Toll Road ( cost £1.50 for the day ) , but if you like walking which is a short distance from here, this is the best way to see and feel this magical rare nature. So why not leave your car here and pack a picnic, as there are no cafes along the way or when you get there. But how refreshing to just let the mind go and be inspired by the marsh drain with ducks and swans in between the bulrushes, the grey herons and the rabbits darting in and out of their holes.
The grass foot path raised bank that runs along side the Taw estuary gives you a birds eye view across the Great Fields, extremely rare medieval open strip agriculture land , and the Braunton Burrows, the largest dune formation in the UK.
An introduction to Braunton North Devon Appledore and Instow
Appledore and Instow can be seen on the other side of the estuary. Once onto the beach, you can choose to walk through the sand dunes in a circular route, about an hour. Or for hard core walkers go for the 5 miles of golden sands to Saunton Beach where there is a restaurant, cafe and toilets !.Oh and there is a bus stop there to bring you back.
The board walk is one for the senses indeed, sheltered and full of wildlife. I particularly like the smell. So many flowers growing wild, like evening primrose orchids and honeysuckle not to mention , dill, lots of dill, so put some fish on the B B Q . You will see circles of stones and driftwood along the way and I have enjoyed many a B B Q over the years on Crow Point Beach .
More on Braunton to follow ….inc . Atlantic Highway, Tarka Trail, Surf Museum , Places to eat …and much more