Fairlinch Camping

UK England South West England Devon Braunton

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Keep your eyes on the sky; buzzards, kestrels, peregrine, falcons and barn owls are all common visitors

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.

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Facilities

A large, ascending field (almost perfectly flat at the bottom) with room for 50 tent pitches and around 20 campervans or caravans. Ablution block with 6 electric showers, 2 toilet blocks and outdoor washing up sinks. Mains drinking water, recycling point and reception hut. Campfires are permitted and logs are available at the local petrol station.

Suitable For

Tents, caravans, campervans, sensible groups, motorcycles, gazebos (at no extra cost) and well-behaved dogs – yes.

Nearby

Learn to surf like a local and book a lesson with Surfing South West (01271 890400), or take advantage of the stunning heritage coastline path with a walk to Baggy Point. Horse riding on Croyde Beach is a must-do experience, whether a leisurely beach trot or epic country trek, exploring the area on horseback is a great way to soak up the atmosphere. The family-run, pretention-free Roylands Riding Holidays (01271 890898) is based in central Croyde and welcome experienced riders and first-timers all year round. Discover the area on 2 wheels by hopping on the Tarka Trail and exploring the beautiful coast and countryside. Bikes can be hired from Otter Cycle Hire (01271 813339) in Braunton. Treat yourself to a new surfboard or wet-suit at any of the surf shops in town. Croyde Beach also hosts the annual Oceanfest (01271 817000) a beach, sports and music festival in June. To see how it all began, visit the Museum of British Surfing (01271 815155) in Braunton. Here you’ll find a detailed history of the long board in our native waters, including sketches of Hawaiian surfers by Captain Cook’s crew, airbrushed surf art on early boards and photos of the locals riding the waves on wooden planks in the 1920s. You may also be surprised to learn that Devon’s most famous daughter, none other than Agatha Christie, was an early surf pioneer who mastered the art of stand-up surfing in Waikiki.

Food & Drink

There’s no dining options onsite, however Braunton town centre is only a 10 minute walk away and offers many pubs and restaurants including: Squires (01271 815533) an award winning chippy that brings folk from miles around, both for its tasty takeaways and sit-down restaurant. Surf dudes (and dudettes) should make a beeline for the White Lion (01271 813085) and try its rib-sticking burgers; or, if you want to venture further afield for a party vibe, try The Thatch in Croyde (01271 890349.) Visitors shouldn’t leave Devon without scoffing a cream tea at Centery Farm (01271 879603), or head to The Blue Groove (01271 890111) which combines laid-back beach-bum vibe with trippy artwork and an internationally eclectic menu that including: Thai curries, Mexican pancakes and Japanese noodles. In the village of Georgeham, just inland, try the food and real ales at The Rock (01271 890322), where they serve a great Sunday lunch in a light, bright conservatory.

Opening Times

Get in quick – Fairlinch only opens its doors from the last weekend in July to the first weekend of September.

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The Owner Says

Fairlinch Camping is located on the west side of of Braunton village, nestled into the beautiful countryside overlooking the unique biosphere reserve of Braunton Burrows. The site boasts stunning views of the Taw Torridge Estuary, with only being 2 miles from the popular Croyde Bay you can usually catch a glimpse of the misty sea haze over the dunes. Fairlinch Campinge is the perfect ideal base from which to explore the North Devon coast, and not forgetting Exmoor. Braunton itself offers a range of shops for stocking up with provisions, more surf shops than you can shake a wetsuit at! And plenty of restaurants, cafes and outs – all within safe ambling distance back to the site.

Pitches

50 grass pitches – both flat spots at the field's base, or some with a slight slope, rewarding campers with coastal views.
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Location

Contact Fairlinch Camping, Fairlinch Camping, Saunton Road, Braunton, Devon EX33 1EB

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Getting There

Leaving the M5 to the south-west at junction 27 takes you onto the North Devon link road (A361.) This road leads into Barnstaple, from there, Braunton will be signposted, but remaining on the A361 will take you into the heart of Braunton. When reaching the traffic lights in the town centre, turn left towards Croyde and Saunton (B3231.) Fairlinch is about a mile along this road (with a very large sign) on the right hand side, not to be confused with Lobb Fields campsite which is on the Braunton side. Trains arrive into Barnstaple (the nearest town) from Exeter. Bus services run from the town centre, with the 308 stopping at West Meadow road (one hundred meters up the road.) This bus also travels to Saunton and Croyde, allowing guests to visit the beach without having to pay parking costs.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 14 reviews

★★★☆☆

Nice site and good location but not enough and poorly maintained toilets and showers

Initially we liked the site as it is spacious had a relaxed atmosphere.It was busy as was a bank holiday weekend but there was not enough toilets, washing sinks or showers and they were poorly cleaned and maintained. The in the toilets with sinks were very small with no place to hang a towel or even put your wash bag down. We avoided showering as it was so busy but when my son finally decided to have one he had to use one with a grimy puddle in it. I was a bit worried, even though he is 13, thinking he might slip while struggling to dress in the small space. When he seemed to be taking a long time I went to find him and he he had been locked in as the handle had broken and someone had to rescue him! We had paid more than we usually do (£26.33 per night for 2 adults and a child) and so expected better facilities.
Sep 12, 2019 by daisy
★★★★★

Relaxed site in excellent location

When we checked in with the friendly owner we were welcomed to the site, briefly told about the facilities and told we could camp where we liked. We chose a pitch at the top of the site with lovely views over Braunton Burrows and the sea. It was a very relaxed site. No lists of rules everywhere which was refreshing. Dogs were welcome and the facilities were basic but topped up with toilet roll etc over a busy bank holiday weekend. It's an easy walk to Braunton where there are shops, bars and restaurants and we had a lovely brekkie one morning at the Wild Thyme cafe. We also visited Staunton sands which is a fantastic beach, had a swim and a lovely dinner and drink at the Beachside grill overlooking the sea. I would definitely recommend this site and will return....armed with wetsuit and body board!
Aug 29, 2019 by LAURA G
★★★★★

Great place

Fairlinch is a lovely campsite, proper good old fashioned no frills kind of place. It has the basic amenities you need - toilets, showers, wash up sinks, drinking water taps, bins - and nothing more so proper camping it is. I loved the relaxed atmosphere of the place, there are no ‘rules’ other than being polite and respectful of others. You get the the feeling of being in a field in the middle of nowhere (which is amazing, rather than in an organised purpose built campsite) but the town it’s still a very easy walking distance from the site. Loved it and can’t wait to come back soon! Thank you!
Aug 27, 2019 by Emmy
★★★★☆

Good back to basics camping experience in a great location near to beaches and amenities

Having recently had an experience of a different camping site run by a military dictatorship, the feel of Fairlinch couldn't have been more different - relaxed, back to basics, pick your own spot and enjoy the feeling of being part of a temporary fluid community of fellow campers. Worth knowing second field doesn't have water as yet, but if you time your water refills (and loo or showering) with leaving or entering the site it really isn't a problem.
Aug 27, 2019 by Katherine
★★★★☆

Loved it!

Super awesome place! Really friendly staff and owner, great location with amazing views. Propper camping at its best! Toilet and shower facilities could do with improving but were still fine for what we needed, other than that a full 5 stars. Could pitch up wherever we liked and have a fire, perfect for what we wanted for the week! Thank you Fairlinch!
Aug 25, 2019 by Rachael Botham
★★★★★

Surfing, hot showers and chips!

Just came back from a lovely weekend stay. This is a perfect site - fantastic value, friendly welcome, very simple, loads of space, decent toilets and great hot showers with no timer. There are no marked pitches, you just pitch up where you like, so it's brilliant for groups of friends and family. We spent most of the weekend at Saunton Sands, which is a terrific beach and perfect for surfing. Loved the fish and chips in Braunton. Really friendly site owner and a nice relaxed feel. If you want a fire, you need to bring your own fire pit. Loved it here, we will be back.
Aug 20, 2019 by Josie McLellan
★★★★★

Wonderful Campsite

The best campsite around with very reasonable tariffs. The most beautiful views when camping at the top of the field and still close to everything you need. Only problem is that it isn't open all year at the moment. Can"t wait to come again.
Aug 17, 2019 by Damon Albarn
★★★★★

Loads of space and close to fantastic beaches

We just returned from a few days camping at Fairlinch Camping site. We were able to choose where to set up and we had loads of space. It's in a gorgeous location, my son loved waking up to the sound of sheep, and is a short cycle to the lovely village of Braunton (which has a fabulous fish and chip shop!) and the Tarka Trail, which we cycled to Barnstaple. A five minute drive away is Saunton Sands beach with a large car park and reasonable charges. There's a surf shop, gift shop and cafe by the beach and we had a lovely few hours bodyboarding there. A little further along is Combe Beach which is also gorgeous. A gem of a campsite and we'll be back!
Aug 12, 2019 by Maggie Duerden
★★★★★

Basic but very good

This was a great campsite with clean facilities and lots of space to play and choose from. It was within walking distance of Broughton which was a small town with lots of lovely places to eat. There was also lots of surf shops. There was easy access to the Tarka Trail and it was about a 10 minute drive to Croyde which had a very good beach for bodyboarding and surfing
Aug 3, 2019 by Bill Newton
★★★★★

Simple camping perfection

No frills campsite with basic but clean facilities, lots of space and beautiful views. Great to be able to have a fire too! Excellent proximity to local beaches and the nearest town. Will be back!
Jul 29, 2019 by Lulu
★★★★★

Easy going friendly site

Spent 3 nights at this great site. Easy check in and friendly helpful staff. Facilties are basic but were always clean and perfectly adequate. Pitch where you like. Dogs and fires allowed. About 1 mile walk into town and a short drive to the lovely saunton sands. Distance is walkable but the road is quite busy and there is no footpath. Been back less than 24 hours but have already recommended this site to a friend. Would definitely come again.
Aug 17, 2018 by Laura
★★★★★

Fabulous!

Just returned from a long weekend here! Fabulous site! Loads of space, pitch anywhere, fire pits allowed! And you can see the sea! Great facilities, never had to queue for toilets or showers despite it being a busy summer weekend! Perfect for basics camping near to beaches and walkable to town. We will be returning!
Aug 7, 2018 by Jules
★★★★☆

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.
Sep 4, 2016 by nikoks68
★★★★☆

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.

Aug 2, 2015 by mangofire

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