Opening Times and Access

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update 14/05/20: Vehicular gates will reopen from Friday 15th May with the exception of Westward Ho! gate, which will remain closed due to damage to the road surface that occurred during the winter. While the road leading from the gate is being resurfaced there will be limited parking available. The Council would ask visitors to bear this in mind and leave adequate space for social distancing when parking cars. A resumption of charging for entry will commence following staff recruitment to support gate control, activities and advising public on the safe use of facilities.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update 13/05/20: Since the Government's announcement on the easement of movements in the last few days we have understandably received an extremely high number of enquiries regarding the opening of the vehicle gates to Northam Burrows. While some people have requested that we open the gates to allow people to drive to the park for exercise, others have expressed concerns that it will lead to an influx of visitors from outside of the area and increase the risk of spreading coronavirus from the very low levels we have fortunately experienced in the South West.

The Council is currently considering what steps to take next and how to ensure that any changes that occur can be supported by officer deployment, appropriate signage etc as the Government have advised that social distancing is still a paramount consideration. At our location beach safety is also another concern as the RNLI have currently suspended their patrols and there is no lifeguard or first aid cover.

The Council were not previously aware of the content of the Government's announcements at the weekend and so were not able to review all of this ahead of time. We are working hard to ensure all of the issues highlighted above are addressed as quickly as possible and will make a further announcement by Thursday 14th of May.

As soon as a decision is made we will provide an update via our website at www.torridge.gov.uk/northamburrows. Regrettably until we are able to address all of the operational issues the vehicle gates will need to remain locked and we would ask for your patience and understanding in the interim.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update 27/3/20: Working with Devon and Cornwall Police Torridge District Council have made the decision to close the vehicle gates to Northam Burrows Country Park from this evening until further notice. Please do not try to drive to the park for exercise, this should be carried out from your place of residence in accordance with guidelines on social distancing. The pedestrian gates will remain open. 

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update 25/3/20: Following the announcement on Monday night parks and open spaces can remain open for exercise, as long as guidance on social distancing is followed. Therefore Northam Burrows is currently still open to the public. Please observe a 2 meter distance from other visitors at all times.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update 19/3/20: In line with government advice on social distancing we have sadly had to cancel all our planned public engagement events, including group bookings, until the end of April 2020. We may need to extend this period, which will be reviewed as the situation develops. We hope to run more nature based activities very soon, but will follow government guidance and make public health the top priority.

The Park is open to pedestrians at all times but there are restrictions on vehicles. The Burrows Centre is open from the end of May to early September and the toilet facilities from Easter to the end of September.

Vehicle Access
If arranging to meet with friends it is important to remember there are three main entry points. Sandymere road via Northam Square , Pebbleridge Road via Westward Ho! and the Tip Road via Burrows Lane on the Appledore Road (see Burrows map)

From March to October the vehicle gates are open from 7.a.m to 10.p.m and from November to February they are open from 7.a.m to 6.p.m, but pedestrian gates are still open outside of these hours.

At certain times and particularly over the summer season there is a toll charge for the privilege of bringing a vehicle onto the common. At these times entry is by ticket or Manor Pass only. Manor Passes are available to residence that reside within the Ancient Manor of Northam. Northam Town Council allocate Manor Passes and can be contacted on 01237 474976. For information about others tickets call the Burrows Centre on 01237 479708.

See the table below for charges and categories of vehicles.

Burrows Centre and Toilets
The opening times for the Burrows Centre are from 11.a.m to 5.p.m. The toilets are available from 9.30 a.m. to 5.p.m from Easter to the end of September.

Restricted Mobility
People with prams pushchairs and wheelchairs may experience some difficulty in accessing all parts of the Burrows.  The park is a relatively natural area of dune and coastal grassland with much of it being flat or gently sloping. There is little hard surfacing but the natural grasses being short and grazed provide a fairly substantial surface.  There is a walkway at the end of Sandymere road across the Pebble Ridge for easier access to the beach. This does not suit all, as the ridge being a natural feature and the walkway man made so the higher tides can cause movement to the walkway and irregular stepping.  The main beach access is the slipway at Westward Ho!

The Burrows Centre and toilets are easier access with one of the conveniences recently refurbished to accommodate wheelchair access and pushchairs/prams for baby's needs and necessities.

Charges for Summertime

Ticket Type

Present Charges

Daily Car


Evening Car (from 4pm)/Mcycle


Minibus/car & trailer


Daily Coach/Minibus & Trailer


Weekly Car Ticket


Season Car Ticket