Braunton and surrounds is a great place for days out with family and friends.
Many local restaurants and pubs offer a superb variety of food and entertainment such as Squires (great fish and chips), At One (Tapas Evenings), The George Pub (great local food as well as Thai Cuisine), The Williams Arms (well renowned Sunday roasts) and just along the road we have The Corner Bistro,(delicious French Restaurant, a little more expensive but well worth it for a treat!)
Entertainment facilities are available for all ages.
Cyclists can enjoy the 30-mile Tarka Trail tracking the scenic coastline of North Devon. A day at historic Braunton Burrows is great.
The North Devon coastline is a walkers dream come true with rolling hills as far as the eye can see and coastlines so unspoilt they are picture perfect.
A day at historic Braunton Burrows is great for walkers. Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park, The Milky Way and The Big Sheep all within a short driving distance.
For the more adventurous, kite surfing, surfing, horse riding and kayaking are popular sports in the area. Cultural days can be passed at Arlington Court, historic Clovelly Village, Watermouth Castle, Lynton, Lynmouth and many more.
Saunton Golf Course is a mere 3 miles down the road with its 2 famous links courses.
Finally, picturesque walks through beautiful forested areas and running rivers such as at Watersmeet will complete your wonderful stay in the beautiful part of England.
The beaches of Saunton, Croyde, Putsborough and Woolacombe are only a short drive away.
Braunton has been described as “the gateway to the beautiful North Devon coastline and the surfing beaches of Saunton, Croyde and Woolacombe along with Exmoor beyond.” Or perhaps it’s just a lovely friendly North Devon Village with the perfect mix of locals and holiday makers so that it feels like a real place!
Groceries – As you are in the middle of Braunton almost everything is within immediate reach and as far as possible if you can, please use our local shops to keep our village centre bustling! For our independent Grocery Store, Cawthornes, turn right at the lights and it’s on the right, the co-op is in the opposite direction, turn left at the lights and it’s next to the pub. Keep walking past the co-op to the greengrocer, and just before the pub is the butcher. Tesco is just a 10 minute walk away along the river ( turn right at the lights, then left through the car park), or by car, turn left at the lights, and turn right at the first roundabout (signposted “super store”). If you prefer Sainsbury’s there’s one in Fremington just off the A39 (near the petrol station).
It’s a bit risky putting in opening times as they keep on changing them, but at the moment…
Co-op is open 7 am – 9 pm Monday to Saturday; 9 am – 6 pm on a Sunday.
Tesco in Braunton is 6 am – midnight Monday to Saturday; 10-4 on a Sunday.
There’s a huge 24 hour tesco in Barnstaple near the station should you be desperate.
Caen Medical Centre, Caen Street, Braunton EX33 1LR 01271 818030
Caen Dental Practice West Cross, Caen St, Braunton, 01271 815045
Shore Sight Opticians, 28 Caen St, Braunton, 01271 812333
Argyll Veterinary Clinic 28 Exeter Rd, Braunton EX33 2JL,
Things to do in Braunton
Museum of British Surfing
Caen Street car park, 01271 815155
Very new museum charting the history of British Surfing and a wonderful collection of boards on display. £4 adults, free for children.
Braunton Countryside Centre
Caen Street car park 01271 817171
It’s mission is to increase the understanding, awareness and enjoyment of the local area and helps visitors to appreciate and enjoy the North Devon Biosphere with Displays, Information, Guided Walks, Illustrated Talks and Filmshows. Use it to plan your local days out! There are leaflets at little or no cost and a collection of reference books for you to see. There are displays about the Braunton Burrows network of sandhills (with special film), the coast, the marshes, the estuary, the historic ‘Great Field’ and the hilly downland. Illustrated Talks and Filmshows and Guided Walks are available throughout the summer.
Braunton and District Museum and Tourist Information Centre,
The Bakehouse Centre, Caen Street 01271-816688
Tiny, free, and will take just a few minutes of your time but has some interesting bits and pieces.
5 Exeter Road Ex33, 2JL; 01271 813999.
An excellent standby for one of those rainy days, and surprisingly good for all the family, even those who swear they would never pick up a paintbrush!
The Tarka trail starts here and there is a very beautiful cycle track from Braunton to Barnstaple along the Taw estuary, and then on to Bideford. The RAF and Marines base at Chivenor is on the route, where the yellow sea-rescue helicopters are based. Cycles can be hired at Otter Cycle Hire (The Old Pottery, Station Road, Braunton EX33 2AQ, 01271 813339
Enjoy a great walk amongst the wonder of the Burrows
Braunton Great Field and Braunton Burrows
Braunton Great Field can be reached from Field Lane, by the cricket ground, or Second Field Lane, where a bridleway connects with the road through Braunton Marsh. This is a good Mountain Bike route across to Braunton Burrows. By car, Braunton Burrows can be reached from either Moor Lane or Sandy Lane off Saunton Road, or from the road past Velator Quay by the Tesco roundabout. There is car parking at Crow Point (via toll road) or a free car park at Flag Pole dune in Sandy Lane.
West Hill Beacon
For panoramic views over the Great Field, Chivenor, The Taw Estuary and Braunton Burrows, find the tiny path that climbs West Hill Beacon. West Hill is the wood on the hill above north west Braunton. There is only one way up, a public footpath from Frog Lane, which is reached from North Street. There is a circular path at the top of West Hill Beacon and a bench and information plaque.
The River Caen
The River Caen running through from Velator Quay, up through the middle of the village and through the park makes for a pleasant walk. The river goes under the Woolacombe road and past St. Brannocks churchyard.
Velator Quay is a hidden gem of Braunton
Some of the best Beaches.
Our advice in the summer is to go very early or not until 4 pm like the locals do to miss the crowds.
Barricane Bay, Woolacombe
Rockham Bay, Morthoe.
Wild Pear Beach, Combe Martin – Unofficial Naturist Beach!
Woody Bay, Martinhoe
Tunnels Beaches, Ilfracombe.
Some of the best Pubs
The Grampus, Lee (Friday open mic night)
The Aggi ( Great friendly pub and only a short walk up the road)
The Thatch, Croyde
The Beaver, Appledore (Jazz pub)
The Staghunters, Brendon
Braunton Inn (nice for cream tea or a pint on the tarka trail but avoid the food)
Some of the best places to eat
This is always a bit tricky as one man’s meat etc etc. but these are all places we have eaten in at least once and have not been disappointed.
The Corner Bistro, out of the front door turn left and there you are – tell Emma we sent you.
At One – opposite at the traffic lights in the centre
Squires fish and chips – you have to at least once. If the queues are enormous, South 16 (at 16 south street) is also very good.
Damien Hurst’s restaurant 16 the Quay, Ilfracombe
The Rock, Georgeham
Pizza Express, Barnstaple (worth mentioning in case your children are pizza addicts as ours are)
Saunton Sands Hotel for Afternoon Cream Tea – extravagant but good fun.
Café du Parc, Victoria Park, Bideford
The Boardwalk, Woolacombe,
The Commodore Hotel, Appledore
We have it all here – an Indian, two Chinese, Kebabs, Fish and Chips – menus are with all the brochures.
Ilfracombe Aquarium. Wonderful aquarium taking the visitor from the fish you’d find at the source of a river on the moor, down through the river to the sea and finally around Lundy Island. Right by the Quay so you can pick up a fishing trip or boat trip to see the coast, and see Verity.
Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park From otters to lions and of course dinosaurs
The Big Sheep. Rides, shows, animals and family entertainment.
Waterhouse Castle (for children under 10)
Clovelly (National Trust Village)
Arlington Court, Arlington, nr Barnstaple, EX31 4LP
Chambercombe Manor, Ilfracombe
Valley of the Rocks, Lynton – funny to see wild goats!
RHS Garden, Rosemoor
Local Towns and Villages to Visit
Lynton and Lynmouth linked by the Funicular Railway
Clovelly (National Trust Village)