Welcome to Braunton

Braunton is a fascinating village full of beauty and history. Right in the heart of the North Devon Biosphere and only a stones throw from the wonderful coastal Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it is a place where wildlife thrives and history and tradition live alongside modern life.

Farming, fishing and shipping have all played a part in Braunton’s rich history and farming still plays a major part today. Explore Braunton through the links below and find out more through the walks, talks and films presented by the Braunton Countrysdie Centre.

Interactive Map

Interactive Map
Find sustainable local businesses, organic farm shops, green spaces, electric charging points and more with our Green Guide to Braunton. This handy interactive map can be used as a guide to our beautiful parish and the surrounding area, so you can shop and explore sustainably. Do you have a green business in Braunton or the...

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Braunton Village

Braunton Village
Braunton is a beautiful village near the North Devon coast. Its fascinating history and vibrancy makes it a great place to live and visit. Braunton is a beautiful and fascinating village and civil parish located on the North Devon coast, 6 miles from the region's commercial and administrive centre of Barnstaple. The village sits at...

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The Tarka Trail

The Tarka Trail
32 miles of traffic free cycling The Tarka Trail is a 180 mile, figure of eight walking trail that centres on Barnstaple and makes use of the Two Moors way to travel through Exmoor, then the South West Coast Path to follow the coast back into Braunton and then Barnstaple. The Southern loop follows an...

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Braunton Great Field

Braunton Great Field
Sat in the heart of Braunton Village, Braunton Great Field is a unique place to visit. One of only two Medieval style open strip farming systems left in the UK, believed to have been in use since the early 1200s. It is very much a part of Braunton's and North Devon's heritage. As well as...

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Braunton Burrows

Braunton Burrows
The Braunton Burrows is, in our opinion, one of the most beautiful and fascinating places in the UK and definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. Right in the heart of the North Devon AONB (Area of outstanding natural beauty) The Braunton Burrows is a vast and complex dune system that sits...

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Braunton Beacon

Braunton Beacon
Braunton is situated at the base of a valley between three hills. Chapel Hill, West Hill and East Hill. Chapel Hill and East Hill are mostly privately owned land with public access over them, but West Hill has been donated to the public of Braunton and has been developed into an important woodland habitat for...

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Velator Quay

Velator Quay
Velator Quay offers history, beauty and a wonderful spot to picnic or stroll For many years, Braunton was a small village with a small population reliant on farming, but in the mid 19th century work took place to reclaim the marsh land that sat between Braunton and the Taw estuary. This involved building drainage channels...

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Horsey Island and the marshes

Horsey Island and the marshes
Situated between Braunton Great Field and the Taw estuary is Horsey Island and the Braunton Marshes. The whole area was once a salt marsh absorbing sea water flowing in through the estuary, but in 1811 work began to reclaim the marshes using a combination of 16 miles of drainage ditches and sluice gates at Velator...

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Saunton Sands beach

Saunton Sands beach
Saunton Sands beach at Saunton near Braunton is one of the finest beaches in the UK. A flat expanse of over 3 miles of golden sand starting at Saunton in the north and ending at Crow Point in the south. It is perfect for families, surfers, horse riding and runners but beware there is no...

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Braunton Burrows Map

Braunton Burrows Map
This page contains a map image and a PDF map download of the Braunton Burrows. The Braunton Burrows is a large area of dunes situated behind Saunton Sands Beach. There are no sign posts or markers, but there are some significant landmarks that may help you to navigate around. The Braunton Burrows map is orientated...

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Swanpool Marsh

Swanpool Marsh
Swanpool Marsh is a wetland nature reserve owned and managed by Devon Wildlife Trust. Swanpool Marsh is important for its range of wetland habitats. The great pond-sedge and reed that covers much of the reserve is a rare habitat across the west county. Dragonflies and butterflies are extremely abundant here. The reserve is situated off...

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Crow Point

Crow Point
Crow point in Braunton is a hidden delight Crow Point is a peninsula that extends into the Taw & Torridge estuary and is part of the Braunton Burrows nature reserve. It is a beautiful location with amazing views and home to many types of sea and estuary birds. It is not an easily accessible place,...

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