Saunton Sands Beach (aka Braunton Burrows)

Three miles of sandy beach at Saunton Sands is backed by almost 1000 hectares of amazing sand dunes, one of the largest dune areas in the UK, known as Braunton Burrows. The Taw/Torridge Estuary enters the sea at the southern end of the beach.

The dunes provide a great place for children to explore and play, also on windier days sheltered sunbathing. Also, popular with surfers and at the most southerly tip of Braunton Burrows, you will find Crow Point, a popular location for bird watching.

This large area of the dunes was designated a UNESCO Biosphere (area of outstanding natural diversity) in 2004.

Facilities include parking, beach huts, a cafe, shop, toilets, and lifeguards in the summer months. This is a disabled-friendly beach with parking and a concrete slope onto the beach.

Saunton Sands Beach has dog restrictions.
Saunton Sands beach has zoned areas for dogs, some allow dogs to run freely and others on a lead.

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 3 beaches at Croyde, 96 beaches in Devon, or check our list of Devon Dog Friendly Beaches.


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Beach Water Quality

Water samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:
  - Excellent: the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
  - Good: generally good water quality
  - Sufficient: meets minimum standards
  - Poor: You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 23.7℃ to 28.2℃ with wind speed 0.9 m/sec (ESE)
Thursday, Aug 11
Expect a temp in the range 16.8℃ to 18℃ with wind speed 0.8 m/sec (ESE)
Friday, Aug 12
Expect a temp in the range 18.6℃ to 20.7℃ with wind speed 1.8 m/sec (E)
Saturday, Aug 13
Expect a temp in the range 18.7℃ to 20.9℃ with wind speed 1.7 m/sec (SE)
Sunday, Aug 14
Expect a temp in the range 18.1℃ to 21.5℃ with wind speed 2.5 m/sec (SE)
Monday, Aug 15
Expect a temp in the range 16.8℃ to 19.9℃ with wind speed 2.2 m/sec (S)
Tuesday, Aug 16
Expect a temp in the range 16.3℃ to 17.7℃ with wind speed 3.3 m/sec (S)

Croyde weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK

Saunton Sands Beach Tide Times

Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to Saunton Sands Beach is at Yelland Marsh 6.77 km (4.21 miles) away. Tides are displayed beneath for up to 7 days and we list both high and low water times along with the height.

Wed 10 Aug
   High Tide at 05:08 (Height 5.94m)
   Low Tide at 12:32 (Height 0.43m)
   High Tide at 17:36 (Height 6.37m)
Thu 11 Aug
   Low Tide at 01:01 (Height 0.01m)
   High Tide at 06:03 (Height 6.44m)
   Low Tide at 13:28 (Height -0.07m)
   High Tide at 18:28 (Height 6.90m)
Fri 12 Aug
   Low Tide at 01:54 (Height -0.45m)
   High Tide at 06:52 (Height 6.84m)
   Low Tide at 14:17 (Height -0.45m)
   High Tide at 19:15 (Height 7.27m)
Sat 13 Aug
   Low Tide at 02:41 (Height -0.72m)
   High Tide at 07:39 (Height 7.08m)
   Low Tide at 15:02 (Height -0.64m)
   High Tide at 20:01 (Height 7.44m)
Sun 14 Aug
   Low Tide at 03:25 (Height -0.80m)
   High Tide at 08:23 (Height 7.12m)
   Low Tide at 15:44 (Height -0.65m)
   High Tide at 20:44 (Height 7.38m)
Mon 15 Aug
   Low Tide at 04:04 (Height -0.71m)
   High Tide at 09:05 (Height 6.96m)
   Low Tide at 16:21 (Height -0.53m)
   High Tide at 21:27 (Height 7.10m)
Tue 16 Aug
   Low Tide at 04:40 (Height -0.50m)
   High Tide at 09:48 (Height 6.63m)
   Low Tide at 16:55 (Height -0.34m)
   High Tide at 22:10 (Height 6.66m)

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