Surfy Braunton is one of the largest villages in England, and combines a great close-knit feel with a vibrant community and excellent amenities and facilities. Its choice of independent restaurants, cafes and shops, and popular schools, mean that those who live in Braunton get the best of all worlds: beaches, countryside, village facilities and large town attractions, all on the doorstep.
Braunton’s very close to Croyde, Georgeham, Woolacombe and Saunton, and just five miles from the larger town of Barnstaple, and very central for wider North Devon. With a choice of pretty cottages, large period homes, spacious bungalows and smart new builds, this is a great place to live.
Surfy Braunton is one of the largest villages in England, and combines a great close-knit feel with a vibrant community and excellent amenities and facilities. It is very close to Croyde, Georgeham, Woolacombe and Saunton, and just five miles from the larger town of Barnstaple, and very central for wider North Devon. With a choice of pretty cottages, large period homes, spacious bungalows and smart new builds, this is a great place to live.
Taking the waterside route home to Braunton is always a delight, as it follows the River Taw’s journey out towards the sea. Though there’s no ‘Braunton beach’ as such, Braunton Burrows’ dunes form the edge of Saunton’s world renowned three and a half miles of golden sand and surf, making the nearest beach just two miles away. The beaches of Croyde (four miles), Putsborough (four and a half miles), and Woolacombe (six miles) are also just around the headland.
Activities and events
Braunton is of course well known for its surfing and watersports connections. Being close to so many North Devon beaches, with some of the best waves in the UK, many watersports enthusiasts have made it their home, and it’s proud to host the British Museum of Surfing.
Walking and cycling are also popular; there’s direct access to the Tarka Trail and South West Coast Path, providing a range or routes ranging from wheelchair-friendly to more taxing, all with fabulous views. For keen golfers, there are two championship courses at Saunton Golf Club, with other courses at Ilfracombe, Woolacombe, Barnstaple and Westward Ho! But of course, being so central means that whatever activity you enjoy – horseriding, kayaking, coasteering, sailing, paddleboarding – you can do it near Braunton.
Braunton’s vibrant community means that there’s always something on. The village’s pubs host live music and quizzes, local schools and community groups offer fairs, fetes and shows, and there are regular farmers’markets too. But being so close to Croyde, Geeorgeham, Woolacombe and Saunton, and so central for wider North Devon, means there are always lots of other activities and events going on nearby too – such as Croyde’s Oceanfest music and watersports festival, Appledore book festival and the annual UK Sandcastle competition.
Braunton lies at the heart of England’s only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, with an exceptional range of wildlife habitats and is a rich source of research for scientists. The sandy dunes of Braunton Burrows and neighbouring Braunton Marshes are always popular with walkers, as is the spectacular South West Coast Path, which passes Braunton and then follows part of the Tarka Trail along the River Taw. When it comes to history, Braunton is something special - Braunton Great Field is one of the few remaining examples in the country of the medieval open strip farming system, and more can be found out about it at Braunton Museum and the nearby Countryside Centre.
Though actually a village, with a definite village feel, Braunton has all the facilities of a small town. Most of the village is on a pretty level walk, and it offers: three primary schools (http://www.southmead.devon.sch.uk/ http://www.kingsacre-primary.devon.sch.uk/ http://www.braunton-caen-primary.devon.sch.uk/ a senior school www.braunton.devon.sch.uk and various nursery facilities; a bank; churches; doctors; dentists; a choice of high-quality pubs, restaurants, cafes, supermarkets and delicatessens; and shops selling gifts, clothes and surf kit.
North Devon’s regional centre of Barnstaple is just five miles away, and houses the area’s main business, commercial, entertainment and shopping venues. The North Devon Link Road can be accessed at Barnstaple, and provides a link to the M5 at Tiverton, Junction 27. Barnstaple train station offers services to Exeter in around an hour, and Tiverton Parkway Station has regular mainline services to London Paddington in just over 2 hours.