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Braunton is situated 5 miles west of Barnstaple, Devon, England and is claimed to be the largest village in England.It is home to the nearby Braunton Great Field and Braunton Burrows, a National Nature and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

There are a number of churches of various denominations with St. Brannock's being the parish church. The tower of St. Brannock's Church is over 700 years old and the chancel which has an arch and three lancets is about the same age. The 16th-century benches are richly carved. The 15th century south chapel has a curious brass palimpsest, hinged so that both sides are visible. There is a chest that may have come to England with the Spanish Armada.

The village had a railway station on the now closed Ilfracombe Branch Line.

The South West Coast Path National Trail links to the village and gives access to walks along the spectacular North Devon coast. The Tarka Trail also passes through the village. The nearby Braunton Burrows marsh has been designated as a biosphere reserve, the first place in the country to gain this status.

The coastal part of the parish lies within the North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The village boasts a number of pubs which include the Agricultural Inn in Wrafton; the Mariner's Arms on South Street; and the Black Horse on Church Street. The village holds a carnival each year near the end of May.

In recent years, the village has become a hub for surfing as it sits at the gateway to North Devon's surf beaches of Saunton, Croyde and Woolacombe. A number of major surf brands were created in the village including Tiki and Salt Rock.

 

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