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Saunton Sands Beach

Braunton, Devon

A long. straight sandy beach backed by impressive sand dunes. This is a popular beach with surfers. No kite buggying or sand yachts are permitted.

Beach Type



Shop and Sands cafe Bar
The takeaway shop is open throughout the year
Together with the more formal facilities at the Sands cafe Bar


Swimming and surfing

Nature and Wildlife

Crow Point can be accessed along the beach. with the adjacent UNESCO Biosphere Reserve at Braunton Burrows being within close proximity. Military training occurs on part of the Burrows. with red flags indicating when live-firing is to occur.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

No horses are permitted at the beach.


Dogs are allowed on the beach provided that the dog owner removes all waste matter. The beach owner reserves the right to restrict access for dogs at any time during the year.

Tourist Information

Tourist Information Centre Braunton Tel: 01271 816400


Nearest town: Braunton
County: Devon
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1161, -4.22122
Postcode: EX33 1LQ
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

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Take the A361 to Barnstable from junction 25 of the M5. Follow the signs to Braunton. then continue on towards Croyde. Saunton is reached before Croyde.

Public Transport

Buses run to Saunton from Barnstaple and Braunton. The nearest train station is in Barnstaple.

Nearest Railway Stations

Barnstaple (Approx. 8 miles away)
Chapelton (Devon) (Approx. 11 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


There is a car park serving the beach where a fee is payable.

Nearby Car Parks

Saunton Sands, Saunton (Unknown stay).
About 0.1 miles away
Croyde Road, Croyde (Unknown stay).
About 1 miles away
Croyde, Croyde (Long stay).
About 1.1 miles away
Baggy Point, Croyde (Unknown stay).
About 1.6 miles away
Braunton Burrows, Braunton (Unknown stay).
About 1.9 miles away
Putsborough Sands, Croyde (Unknown stay).
About 2 miles away
Caen Street, Braunton (Unknown stay).
About 2.6 miles away
Braunton Marsh Upper, Braunton (Unknown stay).
About 3.2 miles away
Braunton Burrow Upper, Braunton (Unknown stay).
About 3.3 miles away
Braunton Burrows Lower, Braunton (Unknown stay).
About 3.3 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Braunton