Braunton lays claim to be the largest village in England. It has its own heritage centre and is important in the manufacture of wet suits and surf boards.
Nearby, Britain's first UNESCO 'Biosphere Reserve' covers a vast area and takes in Braunton's remarkable network of sand dunes as well as Braunton Marshes, Northam Burrows and the Taw/Torridge estuary.
The area is of international importance because of its diverse flora and long human history.
Other such reserves include the Danube Delta.
In front of Braunton Burrows is beautiful Saunton Sands, location for a number of movies.
Nearby Baggy Point has sublime, panoramic views.