Fairlinch Camping, Saunton Road, Braunton, Devon EX33 1EB
For most of the year there is little to see at Fairlinch. For 11 months the place operates as a traditional Devonshire farm and it is only from the last weekend in July to the first weekend of September that its metal gates are opened to campers, unveiling a small and simple slice of camping paradise to the general public.
Firstly, the Fairlinch field is fantastically spacious. Due to its impressive size, the meadow never feels overloaded and there is always plenty of space for ball games and family fun. Flat as a pancake pitches are found at the ascending campsite’s base, or, if you don’t mind sleeping on a wee slope, there’s the reward of breathtaking coastal views from the summit.
The surrounding landscape can’t fail to inspire, with the glorious and iconic Saunton Sands beach located just minutes away. Not content with being drop-dead gorgeous, Saunton is also renowned for hosting some of Britain’s finest surf conditions – when the Atlantic swell’s good it produces row after row of slow rollers, proving irresistible for boarders.
Behind the beach, meanwhile, lies vast Braunton Burrows, England’s largest psammosere (that’s er... a sand dune system to you and me). Boasting an extraordinarily diverse plant community (with over 400 recorded species), its ecological importance has been recognised by UNESCO, ranking the site alongside Mount Vesuvius and the Danube Delta for international significance. Plus, credentials aside, it’s a pretty great place for grown-ups and nippers alike to run wild and explore.
The Owner Says
marvellous time had by all
We really liked this site. Simple, clean no nonsense camping. You could choose your own pitch, the facilities were cleaned twice a day so you had to be unlucky to find them dirty and then it came down to disrespectful fellow campers rather that the site itself. The owner was friendly and helpful as were his staff. Perfect location for us too. And we could have a fire. Only downside was a lack of recycling facilities, but again that was down to previous campers not sorting their waste properly and the site incurring fines.
Simple, no nonsense camping
This place was a perfect fit for us when we turned up; 2 adults, 2 children in a van after a long day of messing about on the beautiful Saunton Sands. Simple, clean facilities at one end of a large field with super views of Braunton Burrows. Would definitely recommend this. Excellent value for money.