Explore Braunton - The Most Biodiverse Parish in England

Video / Audio Tours

The Explore Braunton Project have produced three interactive tours which bring to life this important area. They are based on the tours available through the Node Multi Media Explorer. On this site you are able to download both audio MP3 and video MP4 files, which together with the downloadable maps will allow you to discover the area for yourself.

For those of you who wish to discover the area in the comfort of your own home, or classroom you can watch our Virtual Tours, which take you on the actual route of the self guided trails.

Braunton on The Move

‘In the Harvest Field’Is an hour and a half walk and you commences at Braunton Countryside Centre in the centre of the village. This walk allows you to discover the fascinating history of Braunton village, the ancient farmland of Braunton Great Field; discover the once thriving port at Velator Quay and see how the coming of the railway affected the Braunton area.

Start Location: Braunton Countryside Centre
Grid Reference: (SS 487, 366)
Duration: 1.5 hours
Distance: 4 km
Circular Walk: Yes
Terrain: Flat  (Hard surface, rural footpaths)

Map   |   MP3 Audio File   |   Virtual Tour File (Windows Media)

Shifting Sands

Across Braunton Burrows to Saunton Sands Hotel. Dramatic in all weathers, the Burrows are treasured for many reasons. Courtesy of Neville Stanikk.In Shifting Sands, a short walk of about an hour that starts at Saunton Sands Car Park, you will discover about the special habitats of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, learn about the popular beach at Saunton Sands and the important landscapes of the North Devon AONB that makes this area so special.

Start Location: Saunton Sands Car Park
Grid Reference: (SS 451, 373)
Duration: 1 hour
Distance: 1.5 km
Circular Walk: No
Terrain: Level with a couple of steep climbs (hard tracks, beach sand and sand dunes)

Map   |   MP3 Audio File

D Day and the Dunes

Saunton Sands were the scene of intensive war time training and were used particularly to practice landing amphibian craft such as these. Courtesy of Richard Bass.In D day and the Dunes, located in the southern half of Braunton Burrows, you will visit one of the largest sand dune systems in Britain, which is internationally famous and discover how the area was used for military training during the Second World War. This walk will take about 2 hours and explores the unique habitats, landscapes and heritage features at the very heart of the Biosphere Reserve.

Start Location: Broadsands Car Park
Grid Reference: (SS 468, 328)
Duration: 2 hours
Distance: 5.5 km
Circular Walk: Yes
Terrain: Flat (walking on tracks, a boardwalk and across sands)

Map   |   MP3 Audio File   |   Virtual Tour File (Windows Media)   |   Video Files (M4V - iPod compatible)

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