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Braunton Burrows

A moderate walk (coast) in Devon, England, about 15.68km (9.74 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 4:45h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 42m (137ft)
Loss 49m (160ft)
Max. Elevation 30m (98ft)
Elevation (total) 91m (297ft)
Start & End
Distance 15.68km
Duration ~4:45
Created by Anonymous Walker on 02 Dec 2013
This walk explores the beaches and sand dunes of Braunton Burrows in North Devon. It's a very wild area, and was used by troops training for beach landings in World War II. Today, it's popular with surfers and holiday makers, but on a quiet day it feels as remote as anywhere in this part of the country. Buses between Barnstaple and Ilfracombe stop at Braunton. More information at: www.explorebraunton.org/braunton-burrows.aspx

Walk Functions


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Walk Map


OS Grid SS487365
Take the bus to Braunton.
Footpath About 0.72 km (~0.45 miles) from
OS Grid SS480364
Head along Caen Road, then turn off towards the cricket ground. At the end of the road (Second Field Lane), pick up the footpath.
Willowfield About 1.37 km (~0.85 miles) from
OS Grid SS471354
The track reaches Willowfield Holiday Centre. Follow the road towards the coast.
Tarka Trail About 0.92 km (~0.57 miles) from
OS Grid SS462350
At the coast, turn left to head south along the Tarka Trail.
Broad Sands About 2.37 km (~1.47 miles) from
OS Grid SS464326
The path heads to the southern end of the beach, near the River Taw.
Crow Point About 0.83 km (~0.52 miles) from
OS Grid SS466318
Walk across the sands to the lighthouse at Crow Point.
Airy Point About 2.08 km (~1.29 miles) from
OS Grid SS449330
From Crow Point, follow the coastline north. Don't underestimate the time; walking on sand is much slower going than on paths!
Saunton Sands About 1.73 km (~1.07 miles) from
OS Grid SS443346
Head North along the beach. The 'danger area' to your right is used for Royal Marines training, so keep out of this area.
Along the beach About 1.75 km (~1.09 miles) from
OS Grid SS444364
The beach also has an association with great music, having been used as a filming location for Pink Floyd. Robbie Williams also filmed 'Angels' here, but I'm not sure that qualifies...
Saunton About 1.41 km (~0.88 miles) from
OS Grid SS451376
Finish up in the village of Saunton, a popular surfing spot: www.sauntonbeach.info
Back to Braunton About 2.50 km (~1.55 miles) from
OS Grid SS474368
To return to Braunton, head along the road (taking care) or return along the Tarka Trail to waypoint 4, then retrace your steps back.

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