Saunton Sands Cottages

Saunton Sands really is one of the UK’s finest coastal gems. This beautiful coastal spot situated in North Devon boasts charming properties, friendly locals and a long sandy surf beach.

Saunton also backs onto the Braunton Burrows, which is well known in the UK for being one of the largest sand systems, not only is the area extremely fascinating, it’s also a great spot for exploring too.

What activities can I do in Saunton Sands?

Saunton Sands offers a wide range of activities, the main sport in the area is surfing, many tourists flock to this picture perfect location from all corners of the globe. The beach is famous for its fantastic rolling waves, the perfect location for beginners, intermediate and even pro surfers. On a summer’s day the beach comes alive with locals and tourists sharing the slow walls that roll into the beach, many know the beach as the mecca for longboard surfing. If you are completely new to surfing, and would like to give it a go, then be sure to give Sarah Whitley a call at Walking on Waves. Sarah has a professional surfing background, she has been both European and UK Champion, and after many years of dominating the sport, she decided to return home to Saunton, to teach the sport that she loves so greatly.

Many visitors to the beach come for a stroll; the beautiful sandy beach stretches for three miles along the west of the Devon coast, giving walkers plenty of space to enjoy the delights that this picturesque location has to offer. Another hobby that is growing in popularity is beach combing, which can be quite exciting when you find something interesting, be warned this can become extremely addictive!

For those more adventurous walkers, taking a trip through Braunton Burrows should definitely be on your agenda, the wonderful sand dune system that backs onto the beach, is abundant with wildlife and a diverse array of plants. In fact over 400 vascular plant species have been recorded in the burrows.

Can I bring my dog to Saunton Sands?

You can indeed! The beach has specific areas for dogs, a section for dogs on leads and a section for friendly dogs which can be trusted off their leads. The beach is a great spot to tire your pooch, as there’s such a massive area to play and meet other dogs. If you want to stay near Saunton Sands with your dog, we have many pet friendly cottages, situated just a short distance from the beach.

Where can I park?

Saunton has a large car park situated just a stone’s throw from the beach, during the summer months it can get very busy, so be sure to pop down early to claim your spot and don’t forget to remember some change for parking fare.

Where can I eat in Saunton?

Saunton doesn’t have much selection in terms of food and drink, however the little that it does have is good! Most visitors pop by the Saunton Break Café, which offer ice-creams, sandwiches and drinks. If you’d like more of a meal, then pop down the road to either Braunton or Croyde, here you’ll find restaurants, cafes and pubs a plenty, all offering fresh local delicious food.

What’s nearby?

Saunton is situated in a great spot to explore from, nestled perfectly between Croyde and Braunton giving visitors a unique opportunity to explore the rest of North Devon within just a short drive. A quick trip around the headland and you’ll find yourself in the beautiful village of Croyde, here you’ll find a number of great restaurants, pubs and many local shops! Croyde also boasts a wide range of activities to try; a few of the most popular are surfing and Coasteering. Marsdens customers receive a 15% discount for all surf and Coasteering lessons and equipment hire with Lyndon Wake Surf School. Continue past Croyde and you’ll soon find yourself in Woolacombe, a charming seaside town that recently won ‘England for Excellence Gold Award' for best family resort and was voted the Best British Beach in the Mail On Sunday. Continue along further to find yourself in the fantastic locations of Ilfracombe, Morthoe and Watermouth.

Is it safe to swim and surf at Saunton Sands?

Saunton Surf Lifesaving Club kindly patrol the beach during the summer months, ensuring that all visitors remain safe during their time on the beach, please be sure to pop them a donation if you visit the beach, as they are 100% charity funded. During the winter months, it’s probably best to avoid going too far into the water, as the sea gets very cold and can be dangerous at times.

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