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Walks Near The Lodges

Walks at Crow Point

If you stay at the Gallery Lodges Braunton, then don’t forget your bikes and take this epic evening bike ride out to Crow Point from the Lodges down beautiful ancient lanes, dirt tracks, beaches and a private toll road.
Bays, beaches, inlets, boats,swans, and bags of wild flowers and wildlife are in abundance here alongside views over to Appledore and Bideford and up to Barnstaple.
The Gallery Lodges walk to Crow Point Braunton
The Gallery Lodges walk to Crow Point Braunton
You can hire bikes in Braunton if you forget them or use the nearby car parks to walk this stunning coastal walk. You can also do this walk directly from the Lodges also if you really want to stretch your legs by cutting through the ancient and rare Great Field Habitat on the edges of the Braunton Biosphere a UNESCO Site.
The Gallery Lodges walk to Crow Point Braunton
The Gallery Lodges walk to Crow Point Braunton
The Gallery Lodges walk to Crow Point Braunton
The Gallery Lodges lie on the edges of this rare habitat of the Braunton UNESCO biospehere and look over a Marshland SSSI reserve and another SSSI of ancient woodland. (SSSI is a site of special scientific interest for its unspoilt flowers and natural habitats.).
You can book the Gallery Lodges at www.thegallerylodges.co.uk and visit the Art gallery of Pete Caswell the owner, www.petecaswell.co.uk.

A Perfect Day at the Gallery Lodges

Perfect day out at the Gallery Lodges Braunton. Its so sunny and beautiful here.

The Gallery Lodges Braunton and Saunton Sands
The Gallery Lodges Braunton and Saunton Sands

The sea is warming up, surf is on the way and the sun seems to keep on shining. Just 2 minutes drive up the road from the Lodges we took one of our favourite walks. Past the stunning historic house and gardens through carpets of bue bells and wild garlic.

The Gallery Lodges Braunton and Saunton Sands
The Gallery Lodges Braunton and Saunton Sands

Over to look at Croyde Bay and then back through the trees down to Saunton Beach for a coffee and a cake and just squeezed in a pasty at the beach cafe. Rested and refreshed we headed back through the dunes to collect the car. Now you would think we couldn’t eat any more and life just couldn’t get better.

View over Croyde Bay
View over Croyde Bay.

But then we took a short trip round the headland to Down End Car Park and took home a Sri Lankan curry Tambapanni (See food Guide) from the Saturday Take out van and ate it on the Headland at Croyde.

Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End
View over Saunton Sands Beach and Hotel

If you are going to stay at the Lodges, just remember the food vans at Croyde Down End Car Park. The sign by the entrance is updated with the van schedule this season.

Down through the woods to Saunton sands
Down through the woods to Saunton sands

Saturday is the Sri Lankan Curry and its absolutely wonderful, well cooked and hits the spot every time.

Booking for the Lodges at www.thegallerylodges.co.uk or pm me.

Back through the dunes Path to Saunton
Back through the dunes Path to Saunton

If you want to know where this stunning walk in you will have to visit ud at the Lodges or at the art studio www.petecaswell.co.uk

Nearly Back to the Gallery Lodges.
Nearly Back to the Gallery Lodges.

Sri Lankan Curry at the Beach and Sunset Walk to Morte Point.

Yum – Probably the coolest & tastiest day out you can have.

Barricane Beach Cafe Review and Walk to Morte Point Woolacombe

Opens around 5pm to 7.30pm and serves up the most amazing Sri Lankan curry you will ever have in the UK.

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Sit on the beach to eat a delicately and fragrantly spiced curry while watching the setting sun and lapping waves.

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Meat or Veggie options, served from the beach hut on Barricane beach. Take a bottle of wine and your sunnies.

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Then top it all off with a stunning walk round Morte Point.

WP_20160522_058About a 20 min drive from the www.thegallerylodges.co.uk to Woolacombe.
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Barricane Beach Cafe Review and Walk to Morte Point Woolacombe
Barricane Beach Cafe Review and Walk to Morte Point Woolacombe
Barricane Beach Cafe Review and Walk to Morte Point Woolacombe
Barricane Beach Cafe Review and Walk to Morte Point Woolacombe

This place is my favourite curry stop in the UK and beats all the others hands down, providing the weather is ok though.

Combe Martin & Hangmans Walk

 

Combe Martin Hangmans Walk
Combe Martin Hangmans Walk, Short cut back to the village

One of my favourite mornings is to get up and set off up to Combe Martin about a 20 minute drive away.

Combe Martin Hangmans Walk
Combe Martin Hangmans Walk

Then take what I consider is the best breakfast in the world.

Combe Martin Hangmans Walk
Combe Martin Hangmans Walk, looking over Wild Pear Beach

Its a little unimposing cafe near the beach called the Harbour Deli, on the left as you walk down the High Street to the beach.

Combe Martin Hangmans Walk
Combe Martin Hangmans Walk

A cooked breakfast and a coffee here costs about £5 and it is always perfect and great value.

Combe Martin Hangmans Walk
Combe Martin Hangmans Walk

Then after a great breakfast stock up on all the homemade cakes which I usually spend all morning drooling over.

Combe Martin Hangmans Walk
Combe Martin Hangmans Walk

They do a bread pudding which will feed an army and a selection of traditional home bakes your gran would be proud of.

Combe Martin Hangmans Walk
Combe Martin Hangmans Walk

Having consumed all these calories there is a perfect hill opposite to walk them off. Head up to Hangman’s peak and then back through a beautiful little stream back to the village, a couple of hours should do it.

Combe Martin Hangmans Walk
Combe Martin Hangmans Walk

A detour off to Wild Pear Beach (Can be steep a tricky at the bottom where the steps sometimes wash away – be careful) is an added bonus and a chance to eat all those cakes. Check out the maps in the Lodges for directions.

Combe Martin Hangmans Walk. Looking over Wild Pear Beach and The Bristol Chanel
Combe Martin Hangmans Walk. Looking over Wild Pear Beach and The Bristol Chanel

If you visit in July August you will get the treat of your life with the hills resplendent in the most beautiful purple heather and Gauze profusions of colour.

Combe Martin Hangmans Walk
Combe Martin Hangmans Walk

Simply magic when set against the jaw dropping cliffs plunging into the Bristol Channel and the chugging white clouds. Can’t beat it. And that’s the breakfast…

Combe Martin Hangmans Walk
Combe Martin Hangmans Walk

Lynton & Lynmouth North Devon

Lynton and Lymouth in North Devon is one of the most stunning coastal trips you can take from the Gallery Lodges.

Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet
Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet

Its about a 40 minute drive and is best suited to non beach days.

Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet
Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet

The advantage of this area and the closer Hunters Inn is they offer a variety of walks sheltered from the South Westerly Winds and rain.

Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet
Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet. This is the beach at Lymouth which is a great but tricky alternative on big mushy surf days giving a nice clean break, but it has to be a big swell to get round here.

At Lynton the walk up to Watersmeet where there is a National Trust Cafe is in a steep wooded valley and the walk along the river is perfect on any day.

Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet
Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet

On wet and windy days this can provide the perfect escape from the weather and give you a superb walk for you money, and you may barely notice the weather above with the stunning sculpted oaks and crystal clear waters rushing by.

Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet
Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet

You can approach this walk from the car park at the bottom at Lymounth or at the National Trust car park at the top which gives a shorter walk.

Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet
Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet

Combine this walk with a walk through the Valley of the Rocks at Lynton and a drive from Lynton through the valley of the rocks along the coast road to Hunters Inn and Combe Martin.

Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet
Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet

Stunning but narrow so avoid with large cars or if you can’t reverse or in very precious cars.

Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet
Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet

This walk is also great on a sunny day as well and the harbour is a real treat to look round.

Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet
Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet
Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet
Walk at Lynton and Lymouth Watersmeet

Other great walks are Hunters Inn where you can walk to the beach at the end of the river about 3 mile return and fairly sheltered. Combe Martin up to Hangman and back, great views.

Walk from Saunton Sands Hotel to Croyde via Down End

There are a few places to start this walk. Park at – Saunton Sands, below Saunton Sands Hotel or Croyde to make it a loop and cut back over the hill inbetween Croyde and Braunton.

As its cheaper to park at Croyde than Saunton sands, start at Down End car park, on way to Croyde.

Views over Croyde Beach at the start.

Croyde Beach
Croyde Beach
Saunton Sands Hotel to Croyde Walk via Down End
Saunton Sands Hotel to Croyde Walk via Down End
Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End
Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End

Start of the walk, heading to Down End along the coastal path.

Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End
Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End

Beautiful little inlets.

Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End
Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End

Views at Down End into the sea.

Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End
Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End

Great Bench at Down End.

Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End
Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End

Down End View from the bench – just great.

Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End
Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End

Looking back at the surf wistfully wishing you had a board with you.

Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End
Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End

Views out across Saunton Beach from the path.

Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End
Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End

Saunton sands beach, view from above Saunton Sands Hotel. A beach of great character and contrast with ever changing moods, light and colours.

Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End
Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End

View on the way back from Saunton Sands Hotel to Croyde.

Don’t miss the start of the walk back from the Saunton Side, its opposite Saunton Sands Hotel.

You can call in at Saunton Sands Hotel for food and drinks or try the cafes below the Hotel for cheaper refreshments.

Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End
Croyde to Saunton Sands Hotel Walk via Down End

Views back over to Croyde from Hill top.

Cafe back at Down End Car Park and Croyde.

Croyde Headland Walk to Baggy Point from The Gallery Lodges

You can do a long walk round Baggy point starting at the Gallery Lodges, but it is a long one, involving the Coastal Path – Braunton Burrows, Saunton Beach, Down End Headland and Croyde Beach. Best to drive to the National Trust Car Park at the far side of Croyde and start there. Free maps in the Gallery Lodges of the local walks.

The path to the headland, Baggy point.

Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point
Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point

 

    Don’t look down, its a long way.

Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point
Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point

 

Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point
Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point

2 cafes at the start of the walk and one at Putsborough to keep you fueled.

Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point
Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point

Short Option, follow the headland path and then loop back on the slightly higher path on the Croyde side of the bay.

Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point
Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point

 

Longer Option.  From the headland pick up the path to Putsborough and then loop back to Croyde using the paths over the top of the hill.

Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point
Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point

Views back to Croyde bay on way to Putsborough

Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point
Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point
Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point
Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point

Heading towards Putsborough.

Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point
Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point

Looking up to Woolacombe from above Putsborough. Dilema, do you drop down into Puts for the cafe or climb the headland to head back to the cafes of Croyde??

Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point
Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point

View of Croyde Headland on the way back to Croyde.

Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point
Croyde to Putsborough walk round Baggy Point

Nearly back in Croyde.

Braunton To Croyde Walk from The Gallery Lodges

This walk starts from the Gallery Lodges. Cross the main road, walk up West Meadow Road, turn right at the top and look for the alley on the left. Left at the top of the alley and you are on the path. Free maps at the Gallery Lodges so you don’t get lost.

Braunton To Croyde Walk from the Gallery Lodges
Braunton To Croyde Walk from the Gallery Lodges

Views looking back to Braunton, the estuary and Great Field as you climb the lane.

Braunton To Croyde Walk from the Gallery Lodges
Braunton To Croyde Walk from the Gallery Lodges

Views from the hill top over the other side to Croyde, Putsborough and Woolacombe.

Braunton To Croyde Walk from the Gallery Lodges
Braunton To Croyde Walk from the Gallery Lodges

View over Croyde Bay

Views over Croyde Bay and Lovely descent through the woods into Croyde

Braunton To Croyde Walk from the Gallery Lodges
Braunton To Croyde Walk from the Gallery Lodges
Braunton To Croyde Walk from the Gallery Lodges
Braunton To Croyde Walk from the Gallery Lodges
Croyde Beach
Destination Croyde Beach

Head down into Croyde through the lanes. Stop off in the village for refreshment.

Easy Option Catch the bus back, or better catch the bus to Croyde and do the walk backwards.

Mid option. Retrace your way back using a slightly different walk for the Croyde side.

Long Option – Walk through the central path to the beach and back round the headland to Saunton Sands Hotel and back along the beach, through the dunes and back down sandy Lane and Moor Lane to the Gallery Lodges. This can also be done by parking at Saunton below saunton Sands Hotel or on the laybys and starting the walk from there making for a mid size walk.

Croyde Beach
Croyde Beach

Braunton Burrows and the Gallery Lodges

Take a short trip to the Braunton Burrows when you stay at The Gallery Lodges.

We have free maps of this area in the lodges so you can explore it all.

Set off up the big dune, akes a good landmark for finding your way back
Set off up the big dune, makes a good landmark for finding your way back
Sahara Desert in Braunton
Sahara Desert arrives in Braunton

One of the largest sand dune areas in Europe and a Unesco Biosphere reserve, its really worth a visit.

In the Dunes view over to Saunton Sands Hotel
In the Dunes view over to Saunton Sands Hotel. Keep going and you get to a really deserted section of Saunton sands Beach – Beautiful.

You can walk, cycle or drive to the start where there is a reasonably priced car park, about 1.5 miles away.

Big Dune and the gun placement still there from WW2. Feels like you are in the Sahara Desert sometimes
Big Dune and the gun placement still there from WW2. Feels like you are in the Sahara Desert sometimes. The DDay landings were here in a big way before the real event in France.

Take a walk from the car park and walk to a deserted stretch of saunton sands beach or do a loop to Crow Point. On the way – wild flowers, water slacks,  WW2 relics from the DDay  landings and the odd real life army excersize.

Savannah grassscape everywhere with lots of tracks to get lost
Savannah grass-scape everywhere with lots of tracks to get lost

The area is home to a large number of resident and migratory birds along with the estuary. It is a superb place to bird-spot and hear the plethora of bird song. Throughout the seasons you will see all the different migratory birds as they pass through. Many of the birds you can also see at The Gallery Lodges as they feed in the meadows marshland and woodland which surround the lodges which encompasses 2 SSSI reserves. As if this wasn’t enough of Birds and wild flowers there is also the Braunton Marshes wetland system which adjoins the estuary and inlet to Braunton. More, there is more still, but that’s another blogg page.

Wild Flowers in abundance May June July depending on the weather
Wild Flowers in abundance May June July depending on the weather
If you're a fan of orchids you will find them carpeting areas of the dunes and plenty of variety.
If you’re a fan of orchids you will find them carpeting areas of the dunes and plenty of variety.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You should end up like this if you get it right. take a drink with you and even a pic nic
You should end up like this if you get it right. take a drink with you and even a pic nic
The flowers even grow in the old gun emplacement in the middle of Big Dune
The flowers even grow in the old gun emplacement in the middle of Big Dune

 

The Final Frontier as you reach the beach after the walk accross the Dunes
The Final Frontier as you reach the beach after the walk across the Dunes. We cheated and cycled but it is very tricky on the sand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Last the beach and you can see there is no one here usually. Cycle to Saunton Sands Hotel from here for coffee and then back to The Gallery Lodges along the road.Go the other way round Crow point, but the sand gets a bit hard going. Possible but hard work…..could be worth it though!

Saunton Beach near Braunton
Saunton Beach near Braunton

 

 

 

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Looking out to sea from the Dunes on the way back to the car park or walk up to Saunton Sands Hotel and catch the bus back to The Gallery Lodges .

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Alternative route to Crow Point.
Crow Point at Sunset
Crow Point at Sunset
Estuary at Crow Point at Sunset
Estuary at Crow Point at Sunset

Croyde Beach Near to Braunton and Saunton Sands Hotel

About 2.5 miles by car from the Luxury Gallery Lodges at Braunton is the famous beach at Croyde. From the Gallery Lodges drive up the B3231 passing Saunton Sands Golf club, then past the Saunton Sands Hotel. Then just as you pass the Hotel, wow

view from Saunton Sands Hotel and B3231
view from Saunton Sands Hotel and B3231

what a vista as Saunton Sands beach, dunes and surf opens up on the left with views all the way to Instow and Appledore.

Croyde Beach Sunset
Croyde Beach Sunset

Croyde beach – Beautiful unspoilt beach with and dunes

Croyde Beach sunset
Croyde Beach sunset

Stunning headland walks around Baggy Point.

Croyde headland walks
Croyde headland walks

World class A Frame wave can be tricky and fast at Croyde. Surf is popular with surfers year round. Don’t forget to stop just past Saunton Sands hotel to check ho the surf at Saunton is working before checking out Croyde. Tides and swells work very differently at these two beaches.

Croyde surfs up
Croyde surfs up

Amazing sunsets at Croyde Beach near to Braunton

Croyde Beach Sunset
Croyde Beach Sunset

As well as the luxury Lodges at Braunton, we have a holiday house at Croyde for 4 persons to rent. http://croydeholidayhouse.co.uk/

Big waves at Croyde
Big waves at Croyde

See Pete Caswell’s paintings of Croyde bay at www.petecaswell.co.uk

Croyde beach, big waves and burning bracken
Croyde beach, big waves and burning bracken
Croyde Beach at Sunset and Wild Grasses
Croyde Beach at Sunset and Wild Grasses
Croyde Beach Vista
Croyde Beach Vista as the waves roll in