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Northam Burrows Country Park

Northam Burrows Country Park lies at the western edge of the Taw Torridge Estuary. Lying within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the Burrows forms an integral part of North Devon's UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

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The Northam Burrows BioBlitz 2023 is happening on 14/15th of June. Click here to find out more... 

Guided Walks & Events spring/summer 2023

Northam Burrows Country Park is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is about 253 hectares of grassy coastal plain with salt marsh, sand dunes and generally unimproved grasslands.

The Burrows  provides one of the access points for the two miles of Westward Ho! Beach, thus combining the best of opportunities for land and marine leisure activities. The main ramped access point to the beach is available from the town of Westward Ho!

The Park is open to pedestrians at all times but there are restrictions on vehicles. The Burrows Centre is open from April 1st until to the end of October and the toilet facilities are open all year. For the Cafe opening times please contact the Pebble Ridge Kitchen on 01237424138.

Download the visitor map here:  Visitor Map (PDF) [842KB]

Find out what happened on Northam Burrows in 2022 here:  2022 infographic (PDF) [1MB]

Further information

Further information is available on this web site, or contact Michael Day, the Burrows Ranger at:

The Burrows Centre
Sandymere Road
EX39 1XS

Tel:      01237 479708

Season tickets

Do you visit Northam Burrows regularly? Why not buy a season ticket.

Guided Walks & Events spring/summer 2023

Information on Northam Burrows events.

Walks and Trails

Self-guided walks and trails on Northam Burrows

Walking Dogs on the Burrows

A guide to walking dogs in the park

Features of the Park

Northam Burrows Country Park is a 253 hectare grassy coastal plain at the mouth of the Taw/Torridge estuary which also includes the world famous Pebble Ridge

Opening times and access

The Park is open to pedestrians at all times but there are restrictions on vehicles. The Burrows Visitor Centre has toilets and a cafe which open year round. The exhibition and are open from April to October.

Function room for hire

Our education room is available for hire as a venue for meetings, workshops and events.

Changing Places Facility

We have a registered changing spaces facility open for use during the season.


The sand dunes are found on the north western side of the Burrows where they separate the Atlantic ocean and the coastal grassland.


Horses and sheep graze on coastal grassland which makes up about half of Northam Burrows Country Park.

Rocky Shore

The seashore is a boundary between the land and the sea and due to this transition creates a very diverse habitat.


Salt-marsh is an area of mud flat which has vegetation established on it. Salt-marsh is a fragile and constantly changing habitat.

Pebble Ridge

The pebble ridge is an iconic coastal feature created by natural processes

School and Group Bookings

For school and group bookings contact the ranger team

Audio Trail

Use your smartphones on our Audio Trail throughout the Park.

A Bird's Eye View of Westward Ho! and Northam Burrows

A short film of Westward Ho! and Northam Burrows from the sky


Nature documentaries about the wildlife of Northam Burrows by Rob Durrant

South West Coast Path

Northam Burrows is part of the South West Coast Path

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