Another key component of North Devon's golden coast, Saunton Sands is a long straight sandy beach backed by the impressive Braunton Burrows a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This is a popular beach with surfers and families due to the long stretch of water perfect for swimmers and surfers and it is much more suited to beginners and intermediate surfers than the northern Croyde Bay. Robbie Williams is a fan of Saunton Sands, using it for his 'Angels' video. There are a range of food outlets, toilets and beach shops, easy disabled access. Saunton is currently the only beach in North Devon to have a Landeez all terrain wheelchair. This wheelchair allows those who are less abled or disabled to have full enjoyment of the beach, as it is able to traverse all areas and to be used in the shallows of the sea. Easy to use and operate, it is available for hire on a half day, daily or weekly basis to suit your requirements. Advance booking is available and recommended during the summer period and school holidays. Suitable for adults and children alike you can book direct from the Saunton Sands Beach Shop on (01271) 890771. Dogs are allowed between October and April. Walks to Crow Point are refreshing and provide some amazing views across the coastline.
Although this beach does get busy you can avoid the crowds by simply walking further along the beach where there are parts often used by naturists. It is not only the perfect location for water sports but for sunbathing too, the sand dunes provide shelter for sun bathers and for children to play.
Saunton Sands Beach - All year
Shower facilities, Toilets ,Watersports equipment hire lifeguards
Easy access from main roads/good public transport links dogs allowed
Parking & Transport
Car Parks arrive early can be limited
Beach side refreshment kiosk Cafes/Licensed Family Restaurants/Refreshments Takeaway shop open throughout the year
Open all the time
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Leave M5 at junction 27 and follow the North Devon link road (A361) to Barnstaple.
From Barnstaple continue along the A361 towards Braunton and Ilfracombe (signposted).
In the centre of Braunton (about 5 miles from Barnstaple), turn left after 2nd set of traffic lights onto the B3231, signposted Saunton and Croyde. Continue along the B3231 coastal road. The road will gradually climb a steep hill, with Braunton Burrows visible on your left. Saunton Sands car park is sign posted on the left hand side of the road.
- Coach parties accepted
- On-site catering
- On-site light refreshments
- Picnic site
- Public toilets
- Wheelchairs available
- Accepts groups
- Children welcome
- Disabled access