A new trail to explore for the Easter Break at Northam Burrows!

The team on Northam Burrows have introduced a new Covid safe trail to explore this Easter holiday at Northam Burrows Park in Torridge. They coincide with the wider project work bringing improvements to the visitor centre and other facilities in the park. This includes the reopening of the footpath between Westward Ho! and the burrows which was damaged during winter storms.

The audio trail consists of QR codes displayed on wooden posts and can be found along the South West Coast Path between the Burrows centre and the Skern road. By scanning the QR codes with their smart phone people will be able to access an audio clip all about that particular area of the Burrows as well as a map showing where to discover the rest of the trail. Visitors can learn fascinating facts about the local area and can visit as many or as few of the trail points as they like.

Under current lockdown rules people in England can meet outside in groups of up to six people and up to two households. Northam Burrows is common land and home to many sheep, horses and wild birds and animals so we ask all visitors to keep their dogs under close control when visiting and to drop litter into bins provided or take it home with them.

Northam Burrows Country Park is open to vehicles from 7am to 10pm every day (toll charges apply from Friday 2nd April). Although the visitor centre is currently undergoing building works, we have provided temporary toilet facilities in Sandymere car park and both Le Petit café on wheels and Hockings ice cream vans can often be found on site with further takeaway facilities in nearby Westward Ho!

Lead Ranger Mike Day said:

“Spring is the perfect time to come to the burrows and shake off those winter blues. Wildlife and plant species are also emerging, and the new trail will also give you a unique insight into this protected SSSI site. Please continue to act responsibly and observe the ongoing government Covid guidance and park rules while exploring our park.”

Northam Burrows Manor Pass 2021


Torridge District Council (TDC) is starting to charge for entry to the Burrows earlier this year, from the 2nd April 2021. If you want to apply for a Manor Pass, please contact Northam Town Council in the first instance by telephone or email on 


Telephone: 01237 474976

Email: townclerk@northamtowncouncil.gov.uk


In order to expedite the issue of Manor Passes, Northam Town Council (NTC) is happy to accept both a completed

Application Form and

Declaration Form

from applicants provided they held a pass last year.


New applicants, including those that have moved house will need to wait until they receive their Council Tax bill for 2021-22 from TDC. TDC will be sending out the bills week commencing the 15th March 2021. 

The declaration form and application form can be downloaded from the Council's website (below). Alternatively, please send a stamped addressed envelope when requesting a declaration form and application form from the Town Hall. 

Manor Pass Application Form 2021.

Manor Pass Application 2021 Declaration.




Northam Burrows







Residents in the Ancient Manor of Northam who wish to graze sheep or horses on Northam Burrows for the year 2021/2022 should apply to the Town Council no later than noon on Friday 26th February 2021.


All graziers (existing and new applicants) must complete a registration form obtainable only from the website www.northamtowncouncil.gov.uk or requesting by letter from Town Hall, 1 Windmill Lane Northam EX39 1BY enclosing an SAE, or by email to tinatucker@northamtowncouncil.gov.uk.


Graziers shall be deemed to have insured their stock against any Third-Party claim and to undertake to comply with the Conditions appertaining to the allocation of grazing.  A copy of the Conditions will accompany the registration form or can be inspected at the Council Offices.


Mrs M J Mills MILCM

Town Clerk

Town Hall

1 Windmill Lane



EX39 1BY

01237 474976


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.
Further information is available on Torridge District Council's Northam Burrows webpage, or contact Michael Day, the Burrows Ranger at:
The Burrows Centre
Sandymere Road
EX39 1XS
Tel:      01237 479708

Email:  northam.burrows@torridge.gov.uk


Click this link for a copy of Torridge District Council's Northam Burrows Leaflet.


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 the end of May to early September and the toilet facilities from Easter to the end of September.

The Burrows Centre is to be refurbished, and it is hoped it will be open for the late spring and summer season 2021.

New Roof for Northam Burrows Visitor Centre and Foundations Ready for Modular Café


The refurbishment of Northam Burrows Visitor centre has continued at pace during February as part of a 14-week refurbishment project being undertaken by Pearce Construction. Outwardly the most striking change has been the reinstatement of the roof which means that now the building is water-tight work to re-model the interior layout and fittings can be accelerated. The roofing material combined sheet metal with welted standing seams to improve the weathering and resist wind uplift in this coastal location.

The new roof now includes a vaulted ceiling and skylights to let more light into the building while also increasing the amount of space for exhibitions and displays. An upgrade of the building’s electrics and heating systems will allow the building to be more energy efficient, environmentally friendly, and cheaper to operate. Interior walls have been moved as the new layout for the centre starts to take shape.

In line with the re-use and recycle approach to the build the external wooden cladding to the building has also been removed and de-nailed ready for re-use or recycling. A lot of this natural material was in surprisingly good shape given its exposure to coastal weather and storms for almost 40 years.

Piling and the laying of foundations for the modular café and facilities blocks have also been completed. Offsite construction of these is well advanced and on track for delivery to the site soon when cranes will be used to lift the modules into position.

Councillor Cheryl Cottle-Hunkin Lead Member for Community, Culture and Leisure said:

“The progress being made on the refurbishment of the centre is great news for locals and visitors to the area; we look forward to when we will hopefully be able to open up the economy for tourism later in the year! Passers-by will have noticed the outline of the new buildings starting to take shape and it’s great to see a re-use of materials as part of the construction. Works on improving the access road will also be part of future phases of the plan.”

Contact Information

Harry Roper
Corporate Services & Communications Officer
Torridge District Council
01237 428959


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