Saunton Sands Beach, North Devon
Saunton Sands Beach is a magnificent 3.5 mile stretch of golden sand, popular with surfers, families, and dog walkers. The idyllic stretch of sandy beach is backed by the UNESCO-protected Braunton Burrows Biosphere Reserve – a vast expanse of impressive sand dunes that are teeming with an abundance of wildlife, flora and fauna.
As part of the North Devon World Surfing Reserve, Saunton boasts some of the world’s best surf which attracts surfers all year round. Saunton has a high tidal range of 8.5m, and is well known for its long, slow waves which are particularly popular with long boarders. Surf Hire and Surf Lessons are available here at the beach.
Dog-Friendly, All Year Round
Saunton Beach boasts fantastic dog-friendly credentials. The golden sands of Saunton Beach are open to four paws throughout the year, with no summer dog bans, meaning that whatever time of year you decide to visit, your 4 legged friend can enjoy running on the sand and splashing in the water!
Of course, all dog owners are politely reminded to be mindful of other beach users by making sure that their dogs are under control and that all dog mess is removed and placed in the bins provided.
Once you’ve finished your walk, why not stop off at the dog-friendly Saunton Break Takeaway for a hot drink and something to eat. Sit outside in the summer months or shelter in their indoor seating area which welcomes dogs.
North Devon – World Surfing Reserve
Whether you’re a keen experienced surfer, or wanting to learn to surf and catch your first wave, Saunton’s world-famous surf is the perfect place. In March 2022, North Devon was formally announced as the 12th World Surfing Reserve, taking a prestigious place alongside iconic surfing locations across the globe, including Malibu, Santa Cruz, Gold Coast, Noosa, and Manly Beaches to name a few. The North Devon World Surfing Reserve covers a 30km stretch of the North Devon coast, recognising the world-class surfing beaches of Saunton, Woolacombe, Croyde, and Lynmouth.
Incredible North Devon Views and Sunsets
With its west-facing outlook, Saunton enjoys some of the best sunsets you’ll ever have the pleasure of chasing! Grab your camera and soak in the pure magic of the Saunton sunset…you won’t need an Instagram filter here!
On a clear day, Lundy Island is visible in the distance (day trips available from nearby Ilfracombe) and you can also take in views that reach across to Westward Ho!, Clovelly, and Hartland. At the far end of Braunton Burrows and Saunton Beach you’ll find Crow Point, a natural sand spit that lies in the Taw and Torridge Estuary.
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