Cliffs and Coast of Saunton: A Guided Walk

Join local guide Paul Madgett, on a explorative walk of Saunton Sands cliffs and coastline.

Saunton Sands
20th May
What to Expect:
This guided walk will focus on the geology of the cliffs and foreshore below Saunton Sands Hotel, with a wander along the beach and dunes just south of the slipway. Walk leader, Paul Madgett will be explaining the effects of the geology on our use of the landscape (including buildings), and what the future might hold for coastal areas such as Saunton Sands.
This walk will will be a full morning’s walk with the opportunity to stay on for a whole day’s walk to cover further over Saunton Down, looking closer at the rock formation and makeup of the landscape of Saunton and the surrounding coastline.
For those staying for a whole day’s walk, please bring a packed lunch and water, and appropriate clothing for the weather forecast. There is a café and toilets at Saunton Sands as needed.
For this walk a reasonable degree of fitness is required; there are a few rougher sections that could be muddy in places (hence strong walking shoes or boots; some may wish to use walking poles); also some steepish slopes up and down on Saunton Down section with stiles/gates to negotiate. Please wear walking shoes or walking boots, especially if staying for the afternoon’s walk.
No dogs to be brought on this walk please. Children are welcome, but must be closely supervised by a responsible adult.
Getting there:
We encourage attendees to use public transport, an appropriate bus (21C bus) leaves Braunton outside the Coop shop at 09.26am for those coming from Braunton. On arrival at Saunton Sands Hotel stop (09.38am) bus riders will walk down the footpath which runs from the left (East) side of the hotel grounds down to the car-park / beach shop to meet any others at Saunton beach at the end of the slipway for 09:45am.
For those that wish to drive or arrive at Saunton beach their own way, you can park at Saunton Beach car park (£5 for up to 3hrs) – What3Words ///betrayed.dislodge.inflating
Please arrive to meet at the bottom of the slipway for 09:45am.
About the guide:
Paul was brought up in South Norfolk; London Uni BSc & PhD, Sussex Uni MSc; 7yrs of Soils Research at Rothamsted (Harpenden); 24yrs lecturing at college/university in London on Geology, Geography, Ecology, Science & Society; early retirement late 1990s to Braunton, with 6yrs part-time for NT at Baggy, incl. recruiting and guided walks; active member of many “natural history” related bodies, including Devon Wildlife Trust, Devon Birds.