Get out and about with these great walks around Braunton.

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This page contains a list of walks around Braunton village and the surrounding areas. Most of the walks are fairly moderate, but some do require steep hill climbs. The walks are suitable for all ages, though some are dependent on fitness levels.

Walks include:

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Walking around Braunton and the surrounding area

There are a great variety of walks around Braunton and its outlying hamlets and, whether you are an occasional walker or a more regular one, there is much to capture your interest in this area of outstanding natural beauty.

Many people aim for the visually exciting beach and dune landscapes, but there are a great deal more sights to discover in the rest of the parish, among the gently sloping farmland to the north-west of Braunton and the streets within the village itself.

Please remember the country code and always lock gates behind you and do not leave any litter or start any fires.

Walking around Braunton with dogs

Most walks are suitable for dogs, but some may not be due to access at gates, fences and styles.

Quite a few of the walks around Braunton listed on this page make use of public right of way which cross working farmland. If you have a dog, please ensure it is under close control and avoid walking on or allowing dog mess on arable crops.

If you cross a field containing any livestock, your dog must be on a lead.

Please be aware that several areas, particularly The Braunton Burrows are home to Adder snakes. These are strikingly obvious as they are black with yellow diamonds on their back.

During the summer months, the Adders are energised by the sun, so are pretty good at getting out the way and avoiding humans and animals, but during the spring, they can be sluggish after waking from hibernation and this is the most common time for them to be caught out and bite.

The most common scenario is dogs rummaging about in bushes and catching an Adder unawares. (Many Adder bites are to dogs’ noses!)

Adder bites for humans usually causes sickness, pain and swelling but is rarely ever fatal unless there is an allergic reaction. For dogs the bites can be more serious and may be fatal depending on the size of the Adder, the size of your dog and the severity of the bite.

Symptoms in dogs will be obvious pain, swelling, bruising, lethargy and vomiting. If you suspect your dog has been bitten, please get them to a vet asap who will administer anti-venom and steroids.

What’s the best time of year to do walks?

Each season has it’s own charm and character and the walks around Braunton can feel very different depending on when you visit. The area tends to get a lot of rain between December and March so many routes can be difficult to walk due to boggy mud, however these months tend to be quieter so you may enjoy the peace and solitude.

April to June seem to be the months when we get the best of the sunshine and as most visitors do not arrive until late July, these are probably the best months if you enjoy walking in your shorts!

July and August are the busiest times due to school summer holidays so you may find parking difficult and routes may be busy. We do get a few good days of weather during these months, but over recent years we have tended to sit under low pressure which brings cloud, squally rain, wind and overcast skies, so a light-weight pack-a-mac may come in handy.

From September through to November the weather tends to settle and we do get some lovely sunshine, but perhaps a cool breeze to accompany it. As we move into Autumn the colour changes can be quite dramatic. The ferns on the Braunton Burrows turn bright copper and everywhere is covered with oranges, browns and reds. The majority of holidaymakers have left by this point so parking and traveling around is much easier.

What am I likely to see?

The walks are designed to take in some spectacular views as well as points of historical interest. On your travels you may see foxes, rabbits and deer. If your walk takes you through the Braunton Burrows, then you will see plants that are unique to the area that do not exist anywhere else on the planet!

You will see lots of historical evidence too such as the Medieval St Brannock’s church, which was once at the centre of  Braunton.

The Braunton Burrows is littered with the remains of a world war 2 training site where American soldiers trained for D-Day.

Velator Quay was once the busiest quay in the area and the main source of income for Braunton and there is lots of evidence in the area of Braunton’s maritime past.

Public rights of way

There are plenty of public footpaths and other rights of way in and around Braunton.  This Devon County Council web-site gives details of public rights of way in Devon, as well as information about open access land, stewardship access land and cycleways (which are additional layers shown on right hand side of the page).

Southwest coast path

The ever-present sense of the sea.  The Southwest Coast Path National Trail is a 630-mile adventure around the coastline of the south-west peninsula.

The path runs between Minehead on the edge of the Exmoor National Park all the way to the shores of Poole Harbour. A stretch of the path runs through the parish of Braunton from Putsborough beach, through Croyde, Saunton, Crow Point and then on north and east toward Barnstaple.

The Coast Path is enjoyed by millions of residents and visitors to the Southwest every year. The sheer variety means that there are plenty of gentle stretches as well as dramatic headlands and steep coastal valleys where the going can be strenuous and demanding.

https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/

The Tarka Trail

The Tarka Trail is a 180 mile, figure-eight trail that takes in the best North Devon has to offer. It starts and ends in Barnstaple but can be accessed from Braunton.

The Tarka Trail makes use of existing paths and bridleways throughout the area including The South West Coast Path, The Two Moors Way, plus Route 27 of the National Cycle Network.

From Braunton village, follow signs for the Tarka Trail to walk the coastal path to Crow Point and around the headland to Croyde.

The Tarka Trail

 

Emergency

The mobile signal in the area is pretty good, so you should have no problem contacting the emergency services if required. There are however ‘shadows’ caused by hills where the signal can be weak or drop all together. If you are at the bottom of hill and cannot get reception, move away from the hill out into open space and the signal should return.

If your walk takes you onto a beach and you choose to go into the sea, please be aware that there is no lifeguard service at Saunton Sands. There is a limited lifeguard service at Croyde during the summer months.

North Devon areas of outstanding natural beauty

You can find details of self-guided or guided walks on the North Devon coast at www.northdevon-aonb.org.uk. See the links to walking and events for further details.