Walk - Woolacombe to Braunton

15.0 miles (24.2 km)

Woolacombe Braunton

Moderate - Moderate to easy

This beautiful section of Coast Path, which is also part of the Tarka Trail, is recognised for its wildlife and geological interest. Much of it is managed by the National Trust and it includes some very easy walking along cliff tops with fine views of the route ahead and out to Lundy Island and the Welsh coast. At the end of your walk you have the opportunity to explore Braunton Burrows National Nature Reserve, a rich habitat for flowering plants, small mammals and butterflies.

There are a range of wonderful places to lay your head near the Coast Path for a well-earned sleep. From large and luxurious hotels, to small and personable B&B's, as well as self-catering options and campsites. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Bennings B&B

Friendly, family run B&B. Double and twin rooms, both en suite. No charge for Wi-Fi. Great location and generous breakfast for your next day's walk!

Marsdens Devon Cottages

One of Devon’s leading agencies with over 450 cottages in popular locations including Croyde, Woolacombe, Braunton and Lynmouth. Book online today!

Breakers B&B

Beach-side B&B only 1 minute from the Coast Path, with stunning ocean views, comfortable en-suite rooms and a warm welcome after a long day's walk.

The Whiteleaf

An AA award winning Four star Gold Guest House offering en-suite fully equiped rooms, some with balconies, close to the footpath.

Saunton Sands Hotel

Our fabulous four star art deco hotel sits in a world class location, overlooking 3 miles of spectacular beach at Saunton Sands. Wonderful position for the Path, great for walkers, surfers and families..

North Cottage

Close to the Coast Path, village centre with restaurants & pubs, beach and golf course. Double, single & twin rooms, available Wifi.

Silver Cottage B&B

A charming two double bedroom B&B, private sitting room, kitchenette, terrace and shower room. A warm welcome for walkers. No extra charge for single night stays or single occupancy

The Laurels B&B

A warm welcome will greet you from this family owned B&B in the heart of Braunton within easy reach of village facilities and the magnificent local beaches.

Marine House B&B

We are a small modern B&B in the center of Woolacombe, just 2 minutes walk from the beach and the South West Coast path.

Trojen Bed & Breakfast

Relax in our B and B situated half a mile from Coastal Path in a quiet cul de sac in Braunton. Private lounge/ diner and super King ensuite with views of estuary to Appledore

Little Roadway Farm Camping Park, Woolacombe

Family-friendly campsite nestled on the edge of the beautiful North Devon coast. Glamping Pods, Caravans & Self Cottages also available. Shop/Takeaway in high season

You'll be spoilt for choice for where to eat and drink along the Path. With lots of local seasonal food on offer, fresh from the farm, field and waters. Try our local ales, ciders, wines and spirits, increasing in variety by the year, as you sit in a cosy pub, fine dining restaurant or chilled café on the beach. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

The Quay Cafe

Located right on the famous SW Coast Path our dog-friendly, fully licensed café offers organic coffee, great food, delicious cream teas.....

Interactive Elevation


  • The abundance of flowering plants around Woolacombe due to the work of the numerous rabbits that graze here. Flowers growing here include eyebright, orchids, thyme and broomrape.
  • The memorial to Henry Williamson, author of Tarka the Otter, who lived for many years at Georgeham, just inland of Putsborough and Croyde.
  • Views from Baggy Point across the waters to Lundy Island and Wales, down to Bideford Bay and Hartland Point and over the fields of Croyde Hoe Farm to the WWII dummy pillboxes which were used for training by the American troops for D-day.
  • Watching rock climbers and the many seabirds from Baggy Point, including shags and cormorants.
  • SSSI cliffs noted for geological interest by Croyde Bay. This area is very popular with climbers, and is also a good place to watch surfers who favour this spot.
  • Enjoying refreshments at Saunton Sands.
  • Velator Quay: once Braunton’s busy main quay and now a sleepy mooring enjoyed by river birds.
  • The UNESCO biosphere reserve, which includes Braunton Burrows National Nature Reserve, one of the largest sand dune systems in Britain and home to hundreds of flowering plants, birds and butterflies.

Shorter option

Walk to Croyde (6 miles, 9.5 km).

Longer option

Continue to Barnstaple (an additional 5.4 miles, 8.7 km).

Public transport

First Great Western trains run regularly from Exeter to Barnstaple. National Express coach number 502 or First North Devon 3 or 3A will take you from Barnstaple to Ilfracombe, where you can then take the 3B bus to Woolacombe. First North Devon Service 303 runs between Woolacombe and Braunton. For details visit Traveline or phone 0870 6082608.


Woolacombe (Postcode for Sat Navs: EX34 7HQ), Putsborough Sands, Croyde Bay, Saunton, Braunton Burrows and Braunton.


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