Explore Braunton - The Most Biodiverse Parish in England


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.

West Country Walks

Plentiful ideas for walks and downloadable route leaflets are available from the West Country Walks web-site here. Typing ‘Braunton’ into the search box will retrieve many excellent ideas.

North Devon and Exmoor Leisure Guides

Whether you are new to the area or a seasoned local walker, a walk guide is often invaluable for learning more and finding your way confidently (especially among the less hospitable areas of Braunton such as Braunton Burrows).

To find out about walk guides in your area, who are available to lead a group of any size, please see the North Devon and Exmoor Leisure Guides web-site, call 01271 883487 or email info@leisureguides.org.uk.

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.

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).  To view particular areas in more detail, use your mouse to draw a box around the area you wish to see (Braunton is at the mouth of the major estuary to the north).

South West Coast Path

The ever-present sense of the sea.  The South West Coast Path National Trail is a 630-mile adventure around the coastline of the south-west peninsula.  From Minehead on the edge of the Exmoor National Park all the way to the shores of Poole Harbour, it is simply the best way to enjoy the scenery, wildlife and heritage of this wonderful coastline.  The Coast Path is enjoyed by millions of residents and visitors to the South West 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. Relaxation, challenge, tranquillity or inspiration – the choice is yours!  Take in a picturesque harbour, stride out along the exhilarating Atlantic coast or relax beside a stunning river estuary.  Something for everyone - the South West Coast Path National Trail. 

Did you know that no-one in England and Wales lives more than 50 miles from a National Trail?  For 74% of the South West Coast Path's length it journeys through protected landscapes (five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and one National Park).  It also provides a route around the coastline of the North Devon Biosphere Reserve.

To find out more about walking the South West Coast Path and enjoying its scenery, wildlife, heritage, geology and culture visit www.nationaltrail.co.uk/southwestcoastpath.  Choose from over 60 walks that have been recommended by the people who know the Coast Path best - the rangers who look after it and others with expert knowledge of the things you can discover along the route.

Downloadable Walks Leaflets

To get you started, some walk routes are available for download from the Downloadable Walks Leaflets page.

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