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.

Dog Friendly 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 96 beaches in Devon, or check our list of Devon Dog Friendly Beaches.


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Place Category: Beaches

Saunton Sands 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 0.3℃ to 1℃ with wind speed 5 m/sec (SE)
Wednesday, Feb 08fog
Expect a temp in the range 0.2℃ to 0.6℃ with wind speed 4.8 m/sec (SE)
Thursday, Feb 09cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 7.4℃ to 8.4℃ with wind speed 5.9 m/sec (W)
Friday, Feb 10partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range -0.7℃ to 0.1℃ with wind speed 3.5 m/sec (S)
Saturday, Feb 11cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 4.2℃ to 6.5℃ with wind speed 2.6 m/sec (SSE)
Sunday, Feb 12cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 5.1℃ to 6.3℃ with wind speed 2.6 m/sec (SE)
Monday, Feb 13fair_night
Expect a temp in the range 3.9℃ to 4.2℃ with wind speed 3.1 m/sec (SE)

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. These times are not adjusted for BST.

Tue 07 Feb
   Low Tide at 01:43 (Height 0.43m)
   High Tide at 06:58 (Height 6.57m)
   Low Tide at 14:05 (Height 0.36m)
   High Tide at 19:16 (Height 6.46m)
Wed 08 Feb
   Low Tide at 02:08 (Height 0.45m)
   High Tide at 07:29 (Height 6.64m)
   Low Tide at 14:27 (Height 0.38m)
   High Tide at 19:47 (Height 6.48m)
Thu 09 Feb
   Low Tide at 02:27 (Height 0.41m)
   High Tide at 08:01 (Height 6.63m)
   Low Tide at 14:44 (Height 0.33m)
   High Tide at 20:20 (Height 6.41m)
Fri 10 Feb
   Low Tide at 02:47 (Height 0.31m)
   High Tide at 08:35 (Height 6.54m)
   Low Tide at 15:06 (Height 0.25m)
   High Tide at 20:54 (Height 6.27m)
Sat 11 Feb
   Low Tide at 03:16 (Height 0.23m)
   High Tide at 09:11 (Height 6.35m)
   Low Tide at 15:37 (Height 0.22m)
   High Tide at 21:30 (Height 6.03m)
Sun 12 Feb
   Low Tide at 03:53 (Height 0.25m)
   High Tide at 09:50 (Height 6.05m)
   Low Tide at 16:17 (Height 0.31m)
   High Tide at 22:12 (Height 5.70m)
Mon 13 Feb
   Low Tide at 04:39 (Height 0.41m)
   High Tide at 10:37 (Height 5.65m)
   Low Tide at 17:05 (Height 0.56m)
   High Tide at 23:04 (Height 5.31m)

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