Perfect day out at the Gallery Lodges Braunton. Its so sunny and beautiful here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Yum – Probably the coolest & tastiest day out you can have.
Opens around 5pm to 7.30pm and serves up the most amazing Sri Lankan curry you will ever have in the UK.
Sit on the beach to eat a delicately and fragrantly spiced curry while watching the setting sun and lapping waves.
Meat or Veggie options, served from the beach hut on Barricane beach. Take a bottle of wine and your sunnies.
Then top it all off with a stunning walk round Morte Point.
About a 20 min drive from the www.thegallerylodges.co.uk to Woolacombe.
This place is my favourite curry stop in the UK and beats all the others hands down, providing the weather is ok though.
One of my favourite mornings is to get up and set off up to Combe Martin about a 20 minute drive away.
Then take what I consider is the best breakfast in the world.
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.
A cooked breakfast and a coffee here costs about £5 and it is always perfect and great value.
Then after a great breakfast stock up on all the homemade cakes which I usually spend all morning drooling over.
They do a bread pudding which will feed an army and a selection of traditional home bakes your gran would be proud of.
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.
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.
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.
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…
Lynton and Lymouth in North Devon is one of the most stunning coastal trips you can take from the Gallery Lodges.
Its about a 40 minute drive and is best suited to non beach days.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stunning but narrow so avoid with large cars or if you can’t reverse or in very precious cars.
This walk is also great on a sunny day as well and the harbour is a real treat to look round.
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.
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.
Start of the walk, heading to Down End along the coastal path.
Beautiful little inlets.
Views at Down End into the sea.
Great Bench at Down End.
Down End View from the bench – just great.
Looking back at the surf wistfully wishing you had a board with you.
Views out across Saunton Beach from the path.
Saunton sands beach, view from above Saunton Sands Hotel. A beach of great character and contrast with ever changing moods, light and colours.
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.
Views back over to Croyde from Hill top.
Cafe back at Down End Car Park and Croyde.
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.
Don’t look down, its a long way.
2 cafes at the start of the walk and one at Putsborough to keep you fueled.
Short Option, follow the headland path and then loop back on the slightly higher path on the Croyde side of the bay.
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.
Views back to Croyde bay on way to Putsborough
Heading towards Putsborough.
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??
View of Croyde Headland on the way back to Croyde.
Nearly back in Croyde.
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.
Views looking back to Braunton, the estuary and Great Field as you climb the lane.
Views from the hill top over the other side to Croyde, Putsborough and Woolacombe.
Views over Croyde Bay and Lovely descent through the woods into Croyde
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.
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.
One of the largest sand dune areas in Europe and a Unesco Biosphere reserve, its really worth a visit.
You can walk, cycle or drive to the start where there is a reasonably priced car park, about 1.5 miles away.
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.
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.
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!
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 .
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
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 – Beautiful unspoilt beach with and dunes
Stunning headland walks around Baggy Point.
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.
Amazing sunsets at Croyde Beach near to Braunton
See Pete Caswell’s paintings of Croyde bay at www.petecaswell.co.uk