The Beach

Christie Devon Estate owns and manages Saunton beach, one of North Devon’s best known seaside spots. Well used by locals and visitors to the region, the 3.5 mile long sandy beach within the North Devon Biosphere, is renowned for its excellent water quality and easy rider waves.

Christie’s manages this beautiful corner of North Devon with a focus on preserving the unique character of the setting. The estate owns the land and a number of properties in the area and is landlord to a number of independent businesses that operate from the beach.

Easily accessible with amenities, shops and cafes and dog friendly areas the beach is a popular family destination. Saunton beach is also a familiar stop for many of the surfers who visit North Devon, particularly long boarders, and the relaxed waves make it an ideal place to learn to surf.


Saunton beach extends to Crow Point in the south and is flanked by the sand dunes of Braunton Burrows along its length. It is at low tide that one can fully appreciate the epic scale of the beach, with a half mile walk from the dunes to the water’s edge.

Popular to visit year round, each season brings out Saunton’s distinctive charms; from sandcastles, rock pooling and sunset walks of Spring/Summer to big skies, empty space and Atlantic swells pummeling the North Devon shore in Autumn/Winter.

Over the years, Saunton has provided a scenic backdrop for movies including Pink Floyd’s The Wall, Edge of Tomorrow and music videos from Robbie Williams and Olly Murs. Home to Saunton Beach Lifesaving Club, the beach is regularly used for events from surf competitions to D-day celebrations.

The car park is run by Saunton Beach Enterprises which also manages the Saunton Villas holiday chalets. Hot and cold food, from snacks to fine dining is provided by Saunton Break café and The Beachside Grill restaurant.

A number of Saunton beach based businesses cater for making the most of the beach, including surf hire from Surfed out, lessons from Walking on Waves and Surf South West and beach hut and deckchair hire from Jules. Contact details can be found in the Facilities section on this page and more information is available on our Associated Businesses page.


Saunton Beach Villas

Chalet style accommodation is available alongside carpark and in the dunes please contact Lisa or Michelle on 01271 890052 or visit

Beach Hut and Deckchair Hire

Beach Huts and deckchairs are available for hire seasonally, please contact Jools on the following number for booking information: – 07813 506899

Beachside Grill

Indoor and outdoor seated licensed restaurant open seasonally, please contact the restaurant directly on (01271) 891288 for further details.

Saunton Break Takeaway

Takeaway food for sale next to beach shop please contact direct on (01271) 890077

Surf Hire

Available from Surfed out located beneath balcony of restaurant. Please visit website for more information on opening times and contact details.

Surf Lessons

The local surf schools that are available at Saunton Sands Beach are Sarah Whiteley’s “Walking on Waves” and “Surf South West”, please contact on following numbers: Walking on Waves – 07786 034403 or 07772 240894 or Surf South West – (01271) 890400



Saunton Sands beach is located 8 miles from Barnstaple. Car park charges are hourly/daily and the beach has a shop, cafe, restaurant and beach and surf hire facilities.