Visit Braunton and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Braunton, Devon. This is one of the grandest sand-dune areas in Britain, over 1,000 acres in extent, backing Saunton Sands, one of the West Country's finest beaches, some 3 miles long. It is botanically important as part of the dunes is a National Nature Reserve and nature trails have been laid over them by the Nature Conservancy. A joy of the place is that it is virtually free of all buildings, the sands wonderfully wild in winter and even in summer not crowded. However, the Army rather spoilt it during the Second World War and still use it (watch for red flags). Jet fighter planes from nearby Chivenor roar over frequently, with the result that there are fewer species of rare birds than of old. Saunton Golf Course, at the northern end of the dunes, is among the two or three best in Devon; used for major tournaments. Braunton Great Field, just South West of Braunton village, is one of the few remaining examples of the ancient strip system of farm land tenure.
Braunton claims to be Britain's largest village (having no corporation, merely a parish council), Its main-road face on the A361 is thoroughly modern; its more attractive part is round the church at its north-east end. The church is interesting, with a massive Norman tower topped by a 15th-century lead-shingled spire, good carved bench-ends and a waggon roof.
To the North West, Croyde and Georgeham are pretty villages with thatched cottages. The latter has a c. 1300 carving of the Crucifixion in its 19th-century church.
Baggy Point, West from Croyde, has fine cliffs and is wonderful for watching birds and, sometimes, seals.
About ¼ mile East of Georgeham is the Chapel Wood Nature Reserve, under the care of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.
Nearby towns: Barnstaple, Bideford, Combe Martin, Ilfracombe, Northam, Woolacombe
Nearby villages: Abbotsham, Arlington, Ashford, Atherington, Berrynarbor, Bickington, Bishops Tawton, Bittadon, Bratton Fleming, Chittlehampton, Chivenor, Combe Martin, Croyde, East Down, Eastleigh, Fremington, Georgeham, Goodleigh, High Bickington, Instow, Kentisbury, Knowle, Littleham, Loxhore, Monkleigh, Mortehoe, Parkham, Roborough, Shirwell, Sticklepath, Stoke Rivers, Swimbridge, Tawstock, Trentishoe, Umberleigh Bridge, Warkleigh, Weare Giffard, West Down, Westleigh, Westward Ho, Winsham, Woolacombe, Wrafton
Have you decided to visit Braunton or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Braunton bed and breakfast (a Braunton B&B or Braunton b and b)
- a Braunton guesthouse
- a Braunton hotel (or motel)
- a Braunton self-catering establishment, or
- other Braunton accommodation