Saunton Sands

Saunton Sands beach is just a mile and a half from Kingsacre House and is perhaps our favourite beach in the world! Three miles of beautiful, west facing, sandy beach backed by Braunton Burrows — the largest sand dunes in Britain. Stroll along the beach enjoying the big skies and rumbling of the Atlantic rolling in, have a picnic, paddle into some of the best longboarding waves in the country or kitesurf if it is windy. Whatever you do there - and whatever the weather - you'll not fail to fall in love with the place. Saunton Sands' expansive scenery means that it has often been used for filming. In "A Matter of Life and Death" David Niven was washed up on to Saunton Sands, Robbie Williams' "Angels" video was also filmed there and it pretended to be Normandy in Pink Floyd's "The Wall" (it was also used for their "A Momentary Lapse of Reason" album cover). The facilities are excellent. There is a large car park (the cost is seasonal but roughly £3 to £6 depending on the month and time of day you arrive), toilets with outdoor showers for rinsing yourself and your wetsuit, The Sands Cafe / Restaurant, Beach shop and cafe and, maybe most importantly, Surfed Out surf shop and hire centre. The beach is very safe which makes it a great choice if you're learning to surf. To get to Saunton Sands turn right out of Kingsacre House and follow Saunton Road for a mile and a half, where the car park will be signed to your left.