Braunton is a large village in North Devon, just 2 miles from the sea and 5 miles west of Barnstaple. The Caen Stream, a tributary of the Taw, runs through the centre. The village is home to the nearby Braunton Great Field and Braunton Burrows, a National Nature Reserve and UNESCO biosphere of world importance. Braunton Burrows is a particularly spectacular place to visit in early July when the majority of the turf plants are flowering. The South West Coast Path runs just inland of the dunes and links with the Tarka Trail, a pedestrian and cycle way, spanning landscapes described by Henry Williamson in his novel Tarka the Otter. Braunton is the gateway to the northern coast. Its proximity to North Devon’s famous beaches is reflected in the surf culture of the town. It is a great place to browse in numerous surf shops, hire a board or find out about our surfing origins at the Museum of British Surfing.