30 miles of traffic free cycling starts in Braunton village
Situated right at the centre of the North Devon Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and incorporating Braunton Burrows, the largest sand dune system in England, Braunton offers cosy cottages, camping, fabulous food, stunning beaches and plenty of fresh air.
Said to be the largest village in England, Braunton has a mixture of useful facilities, visitor attractions and independent shops selling gifts, crafts, food and surf goods. Braunton Countryside centre is a great place to visit to familiarise yourself with the unique environment surrounding Braunton. The museum gives an insight into Braunton’s past and has a working, model railway explaining how the railway once went through the heart of the village on it’s way through to Barnstaple.
There is ample parking right in the village centre, very close to the start of the 30 mile section of tarmacked tarka trail that follows the route of the old railway into Barnstaple and then back out to Bideford and finally onto Meeth.
Adjacent to the village is the Great Field, working farmland, which is treasured as one of only two surviving medieval open strip field systems in England and is believed to date way back the 1200s. Public footpaths cross the field and give great views of the village and of East Hill and West Hill which form the valley that Braunton sits in.
Beyond the Great Filed is Braunton Burrows, an area of North Devon’s Biosphere and sand dune system which is home to a large number of rare plants and animals. The Burrows is used by walkers, dog owners, horse riders and off-road cyclists.
From Braunton you can access the 30 mile stretch of Tarka Trail that is suitable for cycling.