Saunton Sands
Saunton Sands

Saunton Sands is a stunning beach located near the English village of Saunton on the North Devon coast, near Braunton. Here are some key features and activities that make Saunton Sands a unique and popular destination:

  • Longboard Surfing: Saunton Sands is known for its popularity among longboard surfers, thanks to its long, exposed westerly beach, which provides ample space for large groups.
  • Saunton Sands Hotel: Overlooking the beach at the northern end is the iconic Saunton Sands Hotel, a white Art Deco building that adds to the attraction of the area.
  • Military Airstrip: The beach is occasionally cordoned off for military transport planes, such as the Royal Air Force's Lockheed C-130 Hercules, to practice STOL (Short Takeoff and Landing) beach landings and takeoffs.
  • Dangerous Riptides: Saunton Sands is known to have dangerous riptides, and swimming here can be hazardous. The beach has no lifeguards, and there have been many coastguard callouts as a result.
  • High Temperature Record: On August 3, 1990, Saunton Sands recorded a temperature of 35.4 °C (95.7 °F), which is the highest temperature ever recorded in the Devon and Cornwall region.
  • Film Locations: Saunton Sands has been used as a location for several films, including the 1946 Powell and Pressburger film "A Matter of Life and Death" and the 1978 horror film "The Shout," along with the adjacent Braunton Burrows.
  • Braunton Burrows: The beach is backed by the UNESCO-protected Braunton Burrows Biosphere Reserve, a unique and diverse sand dune system that adds to the natural beauty of the area.
  • Family-Friendly: Saunton Sands is a great destination for families, with its wide, sandy beach and various amenities, including the Saunton Sands Hotel and the nearby spa

Saunton Sands is roughly 67 miles from Exeter Lodge.

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