Saunton Sands, United Kingdom
Day Trip to Saunton SandsTaking a day trip to Saunton Sands is a really good idea if you are looking for a really big and beautiful sandy beach in North Devon to visit. Situated by the village of Saunton, it is on the coast of the Taw-Torridge estuary and is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. So what more could you want? But let’s take a look at what else Saunton Sands has to offer.
Saunton Sands Hotel
In case you are looking to stay longer than a day, the Saunton Sands Hotel overlooks the beach, and is very conveniently located. Incidentally, rooms for day use via DayBreakHotels.com are very handy when you only want short term accommodation when travelling, because they provide you with a private space you can leave travel baggage in, relax in, and freshen up in before leaving at the end of a day’s visit.
As a matter of interest, the hotel overlooks the northern end of the beach, and part of this section is a designated military area which is cordoned off from the public several times a year. This is really no problem though, because there is simply so much room on Saunton Sands. It is a beach with a massive expanse of just sea and sky and a beach that never gets too crowded. The southern end of Saunton Sands is known as Crow Point and is at the mouth of the River Taw.
Popular with Surfers
Saunton Sands is very popular with surfers, which is not surprising because the beach is so long and sandy, and great place for groups of fellow surfers to gather. It is also a great beach if you like sunshine, and on 3 August, 1990, a temperature of 35.4 °C (95.7 °F) was recorded there, and this is the highest temperature ever recorded in the south-west of England.
Used in films and popular culture
The scenic beauty and dramatic expanse of Saunton Sands have made the beach the location for the filming of a number of films and popular music videos. It was featured as a setting in the 1946 film A Matter of Life and Death, again in the 1978 horror movie The Shout, and more recently, in the late 1990s, it was used as a backdrop for the Robbie Williams hit “Angels”.
The village of Saunton and its beach are very near the larger village of Braunton, which is famous for the Braunton Burrows, which is part of the UNESCO-designated North Devon Biosphere Reserve. This large area of sand dunes is of especial interest to naturalists because of the wide range of plants and animals found there, including rare and endangered species. So, if you have time it is well worth visiting Braunton Burrows too.
Whether you get to go to both locations or not, you are sure to spend a memorable day on the coast of Devon.