Throughout the year, Braunton Countryside Centre organise a series of walks around Braunton, Braunton Burrows and the surrounding areas that are hosted by local experts in ecology, wildlife or history.

Guided walks around Braunton are fun and educational with the aim of helping people gain a better understanding of their own environment.

View the Events Calendar for scheduled walks

This page contains a list of guided walks around Braunton village and the surrounding areas. The walks are intended to be social and fun but educational too, helping both locals and visitors to gain a greater understanding of Braunton and the North Devon Biosphere

The walks are fairly moderate and accessible to people of all ages and abilities, though wheelchair or pram access will be limited.

Dogs are welcome to come along too, but must be on a lead so as not to disturb the wildlife.

Remember the country code and always lock gates behind you and do not leave any litter or start any fires.

What’s the best time of year to do walks?

Each season has it’s own charm and character and our guided walks around Braunton can feel very different depending on when you visit. The area tends to get a lot of rain between December and March so many routes can be difficult to walk due to boggy mud so boots are recommended.

April to June seem to be the months when we get the best of the sunshine and as most visitors do not arrive until late July, these are probably the best months if you enjoy walking in your shorts!

The wildflower walks through the Braunton Burrows are mostly held through spring and summer months due to the availability of the flowers. The bat walks take place from late summer into early autumn.

July and August are the busiest times due to school summer holidays so you may find parking difficult and routes may be busy. We do get a few good days of weather during these months, but over recent years we have tended to sit under low pressure which brings cloud, squally rain, wind and overcast skies, so a light-weight pack-a-mac may come in handy.

From September through to November the weather tends to settle and we do get some lovely sunshine, but perhaps a cool breeze to accompany it. As we move into Autumn the colour changes can be quite dramatic. The ferns on the Braunton Burrows turn bright copper and everywhere is covered with oranges, browns and reds. The majority of holidaymakers have left by this point so parking and traveling around is much easier.

What am I likely to see?

The walks are designed to take in some spectacular views as well as points of historical interest. On your travels you may see foxes, rabbits and deer. If your walk takes you through the Braunton Burrows, then you will see plants that are unique to the area that do not exist anywhere else on the planet!

While you are on the Burrows you may also encounter Adder snakes. These are strikingly obvious as they are black with yellow diamonds on their back. During the summer months, the Adders are energised by the sun, so are pretty good at getting out the way and avoiding humans and animals, but during the spring, they can be sluggish after waking from hibernation and this is the most common time for them to be caught out and bite. The most common scenario is dogs rummaging about in bushes and catching an Adder unawares. (Many Adder bites are to dogs’ noses!)

Adder bites for humans usually causes sickness, pain and swelling but is rarely ever fatal unless there is an allergic reaction. For dogs the bites can be more serious and may be fatal depending on the size of the Adder, the size of your dog and the severity of the bite.

Symptoms in dogs will be obvious pain, swelling and bruising and lethargy. If you suspect your dog has been bitten, please get them to a vet asap who will administer anti-venom and steroids.

Covid 19

While there is still the risk of spreading the virus, please do what you can to avoid touching objects such as fences, gates and gate latches. If this cannot be avoided, try to use gloves, or hand sanitizer afterwards and avoid touching your face.

Emergency

The mobile signal in the area is pretty good, so you should have no problem contacting the emergency services if required. There are however ‘shadows’ caused by hills where the signal can be weak or drop all together. If you are at the bottom of hill and cannot get reception, move away from the hill out into open space and the signal should return.

If your walk takes you onto a beach and you choose to go into the sea, please be aware that there is no lifeguard service at Saunton Sands. There is a limited lifeguard service at Croyde during the summer months.