Braunton is a stunning village boasting an enviable blend of countryside and coastal living. It is thought to be one of the largest villages in England, and offers a wealth of countryside quaintness and charm, all within a mile of the famous North Devon coastline, making it a destination not to be missed.
This is a village that certainly ticks all of the boxes on your holiday checklist, and will be guaranteed to leave you pining for a return to this part of North Devon, the moment your holiday is over.
Given its close proximity to the golden sands of Saunton, and Woolacombe, Braunton is always popular with tourists and the village is well equipped to cope with the steady stream of tourists venturing down the A361.
What is there to do in Braunton?
Needless to say, being one of the largest villages in the country, Braunton is packed with amenities and attractions for all.
Food and drink are never in short supply here and you will be faced with the enviable challenge of choosing which public house to visit first. The Aggi is one of the largest in the town, and deserves a mention for its superb home cooked food and real ales. On the edge of Braunton you will find the Williams Arms a wonderful thatched property, offering one of the finest carvery lunches. The Mariners Arms and The Black Horse are both superb drinking pubs, giving you the opportunity to taste local ales and mingle with Devonian folk.
Aside from the wealth of pubs, you also have a range of restaurants to choose from, all of which have been personally tried and tested by us here in the office. Squires Fish Restaurant, At One dining, The Riverside, and Wild Thyme Café are just a few of our personal favourites, but the list certainly doesn’t end there.
For cultural experts or enthusiasts, St Brannock’s Church sits proudly overlooking much of the village, and you can enjoy a walk around the grounds, crossing over the stream that dissects the village. The Museum of British Surfing is an attraction that is well worth visiting, packed with little surfing treasures past and present (only a small admission fee is required).
And talking of surfing, there are six surf shops in the village: Tiki Surf Shop, The Board Barn, Surfedout, Second Skin Surf, Golf Stream Surfboards and Nineplus. So if you plan to hit the waves just a short drive away in Croyde it may be worth popping in one of these first for advice on best times to surf and to pick up a few bargains.
What is there to do nearby?
Braunton is a hub for activity that stretches beyond the village and out into the neighbouring areas. The South West Coast Path passes through the village and the Tarka Trail begins its journey from here.
The South West Coast Path is nationally recognised as one of the finest walking trails in the country, and you can choose from a variety of walks. Braunton to Woolacombe is a popular walk, offering superb views out towards Lundy Island and the Welsh coastline. This is a walk of moderate difficulty, so should you decide that something easier is for you, then a shorter walk to Croyde may be more suitable. There is a full list of walks available on the South West Coast Path website.
While the South West Coast Path is ideal for walkers, the Tarka Trail is considered a cyclists haven. The trail operates along the now disused railway line that used to run between Braunton and Meeth, offering you the chance to enjoy 21 miles of traffic free cycle routes. Many of these are circular routes meaning you can start and finish in the same spot, and several of these have pubs on route, for well-earned refreshments. Some of the cottage in our portfolio supply bikes for you to head out and explore, but should you not be that fortunate, the Otter Cycle Hire is the number one place to visit.
Understandably, walking and cycling is not for everyone, but North Devon’s star attraction certainly is. The star attraction of course, is the North Devon coastline, packed full of sandy beaches, and hidden coves, all of which are just a hop, skip and a jump from Braunton.
Croyde beach, famed for its ideal surf and sheltered sandy beach is just a five minute drive from the centre of Braunton. This is a popular beach with families and surfers alike, but be warned parking is hard to come by in the village. A top local tip is to get down there early, and park next to Croyde Village Hall, just behind The Thatch, with all-day parking reasonably priced.
Slightly further along the coastline you will discover the award winning Woolacombe beach, endlessly popular, particularly with families. The beach stretches from north to south for over three miles, and if you are interested in beach cricket, you won’t find better sands than these in the British Isles.
So having read all about it, why not visit Braunton for yourself, below you will find our beautiful selection of holiday cottages available in the village.