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Braunton and the surrounding area is packed full of fabulous pubs, stunning beaches and beautiful scenery.

The large village is situated just a few miles outside Barnstaple and at the heart of the North Devon Biosphere Reserve, which features Braunton Burrows, the largest sand dune system in England.

The village also lies just west of Saunton Sands, which is one of the best beaches for water sports in the UK, and benefits from beautiful golden sands perfect for families with children.

Passing through the village is the legendary South West Coast Path that gives walkers access to stunning views of the North Devon coastline as it makes it way east to Mortehoe or west to Instow. The largely traffic free Tarka Trail also winds its way through Braunton and is great for both cyclists and walkers.

Much of Braunton lies within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which includes the Burrows, Saunton Sands and the Taw Estuary, making it a great place to see the beautiful wildlife that inhabits these areas.

Mullen Braunton Burrows

As a gateway to three of the country's most recognisable surfing beaches, Braunton has become a retail hub for surfers with many famous brands associated with the sport including Tiki and Salt Rock.

Whilst staying at Kittiwake take advantage of Braunton's various shops including Beasley's, where fresh meat can be purchased, and Cawthornes, the independent supermarket. For more choice of groceries, Tesco is located on the outskirts of the village.

Within Braunton and the local area there are several very good pubs. In the village itself, there is The Aggi, The White Lion and The George Hotel. Venture further afield to Croyde and Georgeham and discover the delights of The Kings Arms, The Rock Inn and The Thatch, three beautiful traditional pubs serving a variety of good food. Squires' Fish and Chip Restaurant located in Braunton high street is also one of the best in North Devon and well worth a visit when staying at Kittiwake.


The closest beach to Braunton is Saunton Sands, a three mile stretch of perfect golden sands sheltered by the Burrows. Saunton is ideal for everyone and allows dogs all year round. There is an annual sandcastle building competition at the beach, as well as a good restaurant/café. Just a little further along the coast is Croyde where the GoldCoast Oceanfest surf and musical festival is held every June.

Many leisure activities can be enjoyed around North Devon. At Saunton, a championship golf course is a must for more experienced golfers looking to play one of the best courses in the UK. Horse riders will also enjoy a variety of both countryside and coastal treks with Shelly Riding School on the edge of Braunton, the nearest to Kittiwake.

For guests looking for something a little more relaxed there are several excellent gardens and National Trust properties to explore within a half hour's drive of Braunton. Recommendations include Broomhill Sculpture Garden, Marwood and Arlington Court.