Explore Braunton - The Most Biodiverse Parish in England

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The pretty village of Braunton on the North Devon coast has a wealth of treasures that remain largely undiscovered by residents and visitors alike.

In addition to being part of the North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it boasts one of only two surviving medieval open strip field systems in England, a vibrant history of shipping and links with the sea, was once on the route of the bustling Barnstaple to Ilfracombe railway line, which carried 10,000 passengers per day at times and, thanks to the magnificent Braunton Burrows, is now reputed to be the most biodiverse parish in England.

A lot can be said for the nation's largest village, and its richly varied past makes it an ideal place to explore. 

‘In the Harvest Field’


Discover more about the farming practices that have been used at Braunton for centuries and meet some of the characters whose lives have been spent working this fertile land.

The Eilian


Braunton once relied heavily on the success of it's shipping and here we explore the tradition, meet the people who spent their lives at sea and find out why they couldn't stay on land for long.

Braunton Burrows

Braunton Burrows

At the heart of the country's most biodiverse parish, the Burrows is abundant with richly varied wildlife. Here, we explore it's beauty and why so many people love to visit Braunton Burrows time and again.

Mr Rowden, Stationmaster, Braunton Station, circa 1915

Village Life

At the heart of every community, the village square was once thriving with tradesmen of every sort. Learn here about how the village has changed and hear some of the anecdotes of its long-standing residents.

Training on the Burrows - courtesy of Simon Smith

Military History

Braunton has long been associated with military training and the area played a significant role in World War II, when it hosted the Assault Training Center - invaluable as troops prepared for D-Day.

Archaeological Survey Work at Knowle Castle


Archaeological survey work was recently carried out at Knowle Castle, to the north of Braunton, by North Devon AONB, local volunteers and Braunton Community College. Find the results of the investigations here.

Saunton Sands Hotel


A spectacular beach makes this hamlet famous. Learn more about the lesser-known aspects of Saunton and it's past.

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