Our Guide to Romantic Sunsets in North Devon

Treat your partner to a romantic break at The Gallery Lodges.

Braunton is the gateway to North Devon’s romantic sunset coast.

Braunton is the gateway to North Devon’s sunset coast.

As I finished some hedgerow maintenance today, I was greeted by a stunning winter sunset over the reed grasses in the neighbouring nature reserve. I down-tooled and enjoyed the colours and the sounds of the birds going to roost. Caught up in the moment, I forgot to take a photo but inspired by the romance of the moment, I decided to share some ideas for the most romantic ways to enjoy the setting sun.

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A perfect end to a perfect day.

Romance at Sunset.Braunton is just a 5 minute drive from Saunton Sands. Here you can take a walk along the expansive beach and find your own private hollow in the dunes to tuck away and watch the setting sun. Take a cosy blanket to snuggle up together, against the sea breeze and maybe open a bottle of fizz (remember to bring all your bottles and waste away with you). I also recommend heading back to the excellent Beachside Grill for a G&T on their sea view terrace. With views from Hartland Point to Lundy Island, this is a big sunset scene.

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Rocky inlets at Down End Croyde create a secluded place to watch the sunset over the ocean.

Sunset Drive. Drive along Down End Headland between Saunton and Croyde and see the sunset in all it’s glory. You might find a pull in on the roadside or park up at Down End car park and take a short walk onto the rocky shoreline where you will discover the perfect Secluded Beaches for your sunset romance. This is also a wonderful place to collect some driftwood and make a small beach camp fire. Maybe cook some corn on the cob, jacket spuds or toast marshmallows. Bring out the guitar and serenade your loved one too!

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Collect some drift wood for a campfire on the beach.

Surf into the sunset. Saunton Sands and Croyde Bay are surfing hotspots and on a long, warm summer evening there is nothing like bobbing about in the waves as the sun goes down. Soak up the atmosphere beyond the break, where the sea takes on a new sparkle, the sky becomes ablaze with colour, and the sea quietens your mind. Whether you are a swimmer, surfer or stand up paddle boarder this can be a romance in itself, so don’t forget your partner on this one!!

Surfing into the sunset at Saunton sands

Sunset Yoga. For a truly freeing, uplifting and relaxing experience how about having a yoga session on the beach at sunset. Relaxing to the sounds of the sea, with the sky above and the sand below is unforgettable. Croyde Yoga run a Wednesday drop in session at Croyde Village Hall and take to the beach on summer evenings. Find their up-to-date schedule on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/tiffany.shapland/ Or how about a private yoga session with SeatoSoul, just for you and your partner. https://www.seatosoul.co.uk/yoganew

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Sunset View points. If you both enjoy a coastal walk we recommend the short climb up Middleborough Hill to see the views out to sea over Croyde Bay or walk along the coast path towards Baggy Point. Find a bench to watch the seabirds heading on shore to roost, and the waves rolling in. Both offer wonderful vantage points for watching the sunset and are easily accessed from the National Trust Car Park at Croyde.

And finally, simply unwind into an evening together at The Gallery Lodges. Sitting outside on your deck with a glass of wine or taking a walk in the meadow you will be able to see the colourful skies and watch nature turn in for another day, you might catch a fleeting glimpse of the barn owl. What’s more you will find at least one of Pete’s stunning sunset paintings in your lodge, which have been inspired by our life in Braunton and the beautiful sunset coast.

Lodge 1 living space, looking in through the entrance doors from the deck.
Lodge 1 living space, looking in through the entrance doors from the deck.

See more of Pete Caswell’s amazing sunset paintings at https://petecaswell.co.uk/wp2/product-category/sunset-paintings/

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