Braunton, nestled in the North Devon coast, is one of the UK's largest villages rich in history and natural beauty. With a population of over 10,000, this erstwhile manorial land has evolved into a contemporary haven for both residents and visitors. The local terrain boasts the Braunton Burrows, part of the North Devon Biosphere Reserve, offering sweeping sand dunes and natural habitats that are a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.
The South West Coast Path meanders through Braunton, granting walkers spectacular views of the North Devon coast. Its beaches, such as the famed Saunton Sands, draw surfers worldwide for their ideal waves and fine sand. With local businesses like Tiki, Board Barn, and Salt Rock, Braunton has established itself as a vibrant hub for the surf community. The Museum of British Surfing, located in the refurbished goods shed of the former Braunton Railway Station, celebrates this regional passion.
Braunton's storied past is showcased in landmarks such as the Grade I listed St. Brannock's Church, dating back to Norman times, featuring exquisite 16th-century woodwork. Tracing back further, it is believed that St. Brannock himself sailed from Wales around 550 AD to establish the first Christian community in the area. Fascinating historical estates like Saunton, with ties to influential figures such as Sir Nicholas Hooper, pepper the parish's countryside.
While discovering the enchanting village of Braunton, why not indulge in a stay at The Orangery, an Ashore property certain to elevate your experience. This Grade II listed cottage combines charm with modern amenities:
Braunton itself is a hub of activity, boasting excellent shops, delightful eateries, and cultural gems like the gorgeous 13th century church. And for those seeking adventure, the great surfing spots of North Devon are a mere 10 minutes away, as is the wildlife-rich Exmoor National Park.
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