A Comprehensive Guide to Braunton Burrows, Devon

Braunton Burrows

Braunton Burrows is a stunning natural reserve located in the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

As a UNESCO Designated Biosphere, the area boasts a unique ecosystem that is home to rare plants, unique flora, and endangered flowers. With its picturesque landscapes and diverse plant species, Braunton Burrows is the perfect destination for dog walkers and tourists.

While exploring the area, you may encounter the local Devon Ruby Red cattle, a distinctive breed native to the region. The Braunton Environmental Trust oversees the conservation efforts within the Burrows, ensuring the preservation of this unique habitat for future generations.

Braunton Burrows Map

The expansive Braunton Dunes are situated behind Saunton Sands beach, offering a fantastic backdrop for a leisurely stroll with your canine companion.

There are three main zones within Braunton Burrows, each with its own car park.

Zone 1 can be accessed from the Saunton Sands Beach car park,

Zone 2 from Sandy Lane car park,

And Zone 3 from Crow Point car park.

For a detailed view of the area, download the Braunton Burrows Map from the Braunton Countryside Centre website. The map highlights two popular walks within Zones 2 and 3, depicted by pink and blue lines, respectively.

The South West Coast Path (SWCP) is also nearby, offering a more challenging coastal trail for hiking enthusiasts.

Military Uses

Although the area is utilized for military training, the MoD exercises and defence practice activities are confined to designated areas and should not impact your visit.

The military has left flag poles at the top of the largest dunes, which can serve as helpful landmarks for navigation.

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Crow Point

Crow Point, located at the southern point of the estuary, offers picturesque views of the North Devon coast. For beach lovers, Saunton Sands Beach is a popular North Devon beach that is perfect for surfing or simply enjoying the sun and sea.

Keep to the Paths

When venturing into Braunton Burrows, it is essential to remember that there are no signposts or marked paths. The terrain consists of high dunes, open plains, and wooded copses, making it easy to become disoriented.

If you find yourself unsure of your location, keep in mind that the Burrows run north to south, with Saunton Sands Beach and the sea on one side and the American Road (part of the South West Coast Path) on the other. Following the clearly defined vehicle tracks or walking toward the beach will help you regain your bearings.

Braunton Burrows Accommodation

There are lots of campsites nearby, hotels and cottages to rent. We have them all in our “Where to Stay” directory.

The nearest campsite is the one below, but they do not allow dogs. See the directory for all the accommodations in the area

This campsite is just a short distance away and is Dog friendly, with pitches from just £12 per night.

Braunton Burrows Reviews

Below are the latest reviews of Braunton Burrows.

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Tom Whalley avatarTom Whalley
7 months ago
A beautiful, other worldly place. I highly recommend walking right into the heart of the dunes and finding the bench atop the highest hill.
Joanne Clarke avatarJoanne Clarke
in the last week
Stunning area to explore
Lynn Martin avatarLynn Martin
2 years ago
Perfect place to get away from it all with my rescue dog and her 'brother'. They can run and play up and down sand dunes and hills over hundreds of acres. We get to admire the views in peace. Remember to take plenty of water and a snack or 2 for energy.Please do NOT leave evidence of your visit. Costa Coffee cups, empty lager cans, kids sweet papers, dog poo bags and broken umbrellas do not belong here. Lazy @#$#@.
Matt last avatarMatt last
4 years ago
Excellent place to wander around for the day, or on the way to the amazing beach nearby. Car park was basically free as you get a hot drink voucher from the little hut at the entrance. Be warned there are no public toilets at the car park and it is a good 30+ minute walk to the beach, although definitely worth it!
Phillip Jones avatarPhillip Jones
4 years ago
Lovely wide open spaces with sand dunes, about a mile to get to the beach. Often used for army training so always the chance of finding used bullet casings. Good parking at Sandy lane CP. cost £2 also has a small place to purchase drinks. Very dog friendly.
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In Summary

Braunton Burrows in Devon offers a unique and unforgettable experience for dog walkers and nature enthusiasts.

Its diverse ecosystem, stunning landscapes, and the presence of rare plants make it a must-visit destination in North Devon. So, pack your walking shoes, grab your dog’s leash, and get ready to explore the beauty of Braunton Burrows.

Frequently Asked Questions About Braunton Burrows

Q: Can you camp at Braunton Burrows?
A: Camping is not permitted at Braunton Burrows. However, there are plenty of campsites nearby, such as Ruda Holiday Park and Warcombe Farm Camping Park.

Q: Is there public transportation available to Braunton Burrows?
A: Yes, there are regular bus services that stop at Braunton Village, which is a short walk away from the Burrows. The number 21 and 21A bus services run from Barnstaple and Ilfracombe, while the number 308 service runs from Bideford.

Q: What is the best time of year to visit Braunton Burrows?
A: The best time to visit Braunton Burrows is during the spring and summer months when the weather is warmer and the flora and fauna are in full bloom. However, it is still a beautiful location to visit year-round.

Q: Can you ride bikes in Braunton Burrows?
A: Bikes are permitted in some areas of Braunton Burrows but are not allowed in certain zones due to the sensitive nature of the landscape. Visitors should check the Braunton Countryside Centre website or contact the centre for more information on where cycling is permitted.

Q: What should I bring when visiting Braunton Burrows?
A: When visiting Braunton Burrows, it is recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, bring sunscreen and insect repellent, and carry plenty of water and snacks. It is also important to keep in mind that there are no facilities on-site, so visitors should bring any necessary items with them.

Author Matt Ogborne
Matt Ogborne
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