The village dates back centuries and has grown from a small settlement founded by St Brannock, a Welsh missionary who came to the area in the 6th century, into one of the largest villages in England. The local church is named after St Brannock and has a fascinating history dating back to the 13th century.
The coastal part of the village lies within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the nearby Braunton Burrows are marshlands which have been designated a Biosphere Reserve. They are the largest sand dune system in England and are a paradise for exploring during a holiday in Braunton.
Braunton is full of independent surf shops with a handful of these going on to be well established surf brands including Tiki and Saltrock. Amongst the other shops in the village, you’ll also find all the essentials for your holiday, along with arts and crafts shops to find the perfect gift to take home to friends and family from your time in Braunton. The Museum of British Surfing is also housed in the village with exhibitions looking back at the history of surfing in the British Isles.
The surf brands are attracted to the village because it is the gateway to some of the finest surfing beaches in the UK. Saunton Sands was recently listed in the top 25 beaches in the UK. The three and a half mile stretch of sand has been the location for music videos, starring artists such as Robbie Williams and Olly Murs in the past. Puttsborough and Croyde are both also considered fantastic beaches for surfing. It’s not just surfing that these beaches are famed with for with plenty of golden sand they’re perfect for a family day out or a picnic on the beach.
Squires have been in the village for 40 years and have won the British Seafood Industry’s Fish and Chip Shop of the Year on two occasions
An award winning Fish and Chip restaurant is found in the village. Squires have been in the village for 40 years and have won the British Seafood Industry’s Fish and Chip Shop of the Year on two occasions. There are plenty more great eateries in Braunton including; The Corner Bistro, The Riverside and At One.
The Tarka Trail, formed from the disused railway line that runs through many lovely towns and along the rivers Taw and Torridge, has a section in Braunton. The Tarka Trail is a well maintained path where you can spot wildlife during your walk or cycle. The South West Coast Path also runs through the village offering stunning views of the North Devon coastline.