Explore Braunton - The Most Biodiverse Parish in England

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Reaching Braunton

Braunton is located six miles west of Barnstaple, which is the centre for public transport in North Devon.  Bus services arrive at Barnstaple from all over the area as well as Exeter and Plymouth.  For timetable details contact Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 or visit www.traveline.org.uk.  In addition, Barnstaple is at the end of the Tarka Line branch railway from Exeter.  For train times contact National Rail Enquiries at www.nationalrail.co.uk or on 08457 484950.  From Barnstaple, Braunton can be reached by bus or by walking or cycling along the Tarka Trail – a right of way that follows the route of the former railway Barnstaple to Ilfracombe line.

 

Barnstaple to Braunton Railway Trail

Info: This walk of approximately 5 miles (8 km) begins in Barnstaple town centre and follows the route of the former Barnstaple to Ilfracombe railway line, as far as Braunton.  From there, walkers may either retrace their steps or catch a bus back to Barnstaple.  The route makes a very pleasant walk but is equally enjoyable by bicycle, in which case the return journey can also be made by bicycle.
Important – please be aware of traffic when crossing public roads and please give way to other people, particularly when cycling.
Start Location: 
Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon, Barnstaple
Distance:
Approx 5 miles / 8 kilometres
Duration: Approx 2.5 hours at a gentle pace
Circular Walk: 
No
OS Grid Ref:
SS 558 329
OS Map: Explorer Sheet 139 (Bideford, Ilfracombe and Barnstaple)
Accessibility: Flat, tarmac path with no gates or stiles.  One wide bridge near Barnstaple with gentle gradient.  This route is suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs and bicycles.
Terrain:
Footpaths.  Exposed in inclement weather.
Dogs: Dogs allowed but must be kept under close control, preferably on leads, at all times.
Facilities: A variety of refreshments are available in Barnstaple and Braunton.   The Tarka Inn, mid-route, also provides refreshments.  Parking and toilets are provided at the start and end of the walk.  Pay and display.


Beacon Trail

Info: This walk of approximately 2 miles starts from Caen Street car park, in the centre of Braunton, and proceeds up North Street before rising steeply to the historic Beacon on top of West Hill, from where a marvellous panorama of the whole area can be seen.  Descending from the Beacon, the route continues across the former railway line and the River Caen, through the church yard and into the Square via East Street and Church Street.
Important – please be aware of traffic when crossing or walking on public roads.
Start Location: 
Caen Street Car Park, Braunton
Distance:
Approx 2 miles / 3 kilometres
Duration: Approx 1.5 hours at a gentle pace
Circular Walk: 
Yes
OS Grid Ref:
SS 485 364
OS Map: Explorer Sheet 139 (Bideford, Ilfracombe and Barnstaple)
Accessibility: Occasional gate or cycle-barrier, steep gradient to top of Beacon.  This route is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.
Terrain:
Roads and footpaths.  May be muddy underfoot. 
Dogs: Dogs allowed but must be kept under close control, preferably on leads, at all times.
Facilities: A variety of refreshments are available in Braunton village.  Parking and toilets are provided at the start and end of the walk at Caen Street Car Park (adjacent to Museum and Tourist Information Centre).  Pay and display.

 

Crow Point Trail

Info: This walk takes you through the sand dunes and around the southern tip of Braunton Burrows – which is at the core of North Devon’s Biosphere Reserve. The vast dune system of Braunton Burrows is one of the largest in Britain and covers over 2,000 acres. Some of the dunes are over 100 feet high. Its plant and animal life are of international scientific interest and over four hundred different species of flowering plant have been recorded here. Some are very rare elsewhere in Britain but grow in amazing profusion here. Botanists, lured by the rare and local plants, have been visiting the Burrows since the days of John Ray, a well-known 17th century naturalist. The Burrows remain a haven for a rich variety of flora and fauna today and are spectacular for different reasons at different times of the year.
Important - at high tide, when walkers must keep close to the dunes, particular care must be taken not to disturb the birds that rest on the foredunes and shore.
Start Location: 
Broadsands Car Park (via toll road), Crow Point, Braunton
Distance:
Approx 2 miles / 3 kilometres
Duration: Approx 1.5 hours at a gentle pace
Circular Walk: 
Yes
OS Grid Ref:
SS 469 330
OS Map: Explorer Sheet 139 (Bideford, Ilfracombe and Barnstaple)
Accessibility: No steps, stiles or gates but some gentle gradients and soft sand.  This route is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.
Terrain:
Tracks (uneven in places), wooden boardwalk across sand dunes and sandy beach. Exposed in inclement weather, may be muddy underfoot.
Dogs: Dogs allowed but must be kept under close control, preferably on leads, at all times.
Facilities: A variety of refreshments are available in Braunton village.  Toilets are provided in the centre of the village, at Caen Street Car Park (adjacent to Museum and Tourist Information Centre).  Parking available at Broadsands Car Park via a toll road to Crow Point.

 

Georgeham Trail

Info: This walk of approximately 7.5 miles (12 km) starts from Caen Street Car Park in the centre of Braunton and proceeds around West Hill to Nethercott and North Buckland before turning west to Georgeham; returning in a circular route through Lobb.  Passing through open countryside, farmland and villages, some parts of the walk involve country lanes, so beware of traffic. It is a beautiful walk at any time of the year, but is muddy in places year-round, so wear suitable walking boots or wellies.
Important – please be aware of traffic when crossing or walking on public roads.
Start Location: 
Caen Street Car Park, Braunton
Distance:
Approx 7.5 miles / 12 kilometres
Duration: Approx 2.5 hours at a gentle pace
Circular Walk: 
Yes
OS Grid Ref:
SS 485 364
OS Map: Explorer Sheet 139 (Bideford, Ilfracombe and Barnstaple)
Accessibility: Some gates and stiles, some gradients and uneven paths.  May be muddy underfoot, even during dry weather.  This route is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.
Terrain:
Roads and footpaths.  May be muddy underfoot. 
Dogs: Dogs allowed but must be kept under close control, preferably on leads, at all times.
Facilities: A variety of refreshments are available in Braunton village.  Parking and toilets are provided at the start and end of the walk at Caen Street Car Park (adjacent to Museum and Tourist Information Centre).  Pay and display.

 

Great Field and Marshes Trail

Info: This walk starts from Caen Street car park, in the centre of Braunton, and proceeds along Saunton Road before turning left into Second Field Lane, which then becomes Broadpath, an ancient right of way across the historic Great Field.  Continuing ahead, we arrive on the marshes road and bear right, to pass the locally-renowned round linhay and the end of the Toll Road, before arriving at Velator Quay.  From here, we follow the line of the former railway back to Braunton, to return to our start point. 
Important – please be aware of traffic when crossing or walking on public roads.
Start Location: 
Caen Street Car Park, Braunton
Distance:
Approx 3 miles / 5 kilometres
Duration: Approx 2.5 hours at a gentle pace
Circular Walk: 
Yes
OS Grid Ref:
SS 485 364
OS Map: Explorer Sheet 139 (Bideford, Ilfracombe and Barnstaple)
Accessibility: No gates or stiles and mostly flat but undulating terrain across Great Field means that this route is not particularly suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.
Terrain:
Roads and footpaths.  May be muddy underfoot. 
Dogs: Dogs allowed but must be kept under close control, preferably on leads, at all times.
Facilities: A variety of refreshments are available in Braunton village.  Parking and toilets are provided at the start and end of the walk at Caen Street Car Park (adjacent to Museum and Tourist Information Centre).  Pay and display.

 

Horsey Island Trail

Info: This circular walk of nearly three miles (just over 4 kilometres) takes us around Horsey Island on Braunton Marshes, following two embankments that were created during the reclamation of Braunton Marshes from the sea between 1815 and 1857.  There are excellent views of the Taw Torridge Estuary from here and the walk involves no gradients but may be exposed during inclement weather. 
Important - because of the sheep that graze along the majority of the route and the special bird life that abounds on Braunton Marshes, it is particularly important that dogs are kept under close control at all times, preferably on leads.
Start Location: 
Broadsands Car Park (via toll road), Crow Point, Braunton
Distance:
Nearly 3 miles / just over 4 kilometres
Duration: Approx 2 hours at a gentle pace
Circular Walk: 
Yes
OS Grid Ref:
SS 469 330
OS Map: Explorer Sheet 139 (Bideford, Ilfracombe and Barnstaple)
Accessibility: Variety of stiles, including those over stone walls.  No gradients but muddy and exposed in inclement weather.  This route is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.
Terrain:
Footpaths. Exposed in inclement weather, may be muddy underfoot. 
Dogs: Dogs allowed but must be kept under close control, preferably on leads, at all times.
Facilities: A variety of refreshments are available in Braunton village.  Toilets are provided in the centre of the village, at Caen Street Car Park (adjacent to Museum and Tourist Information Centre).  Parking available at Broadsands Car Park via a toll road to Crow Point.

 


 
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