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Bigbury on Sea (North) Beach

Bigbury, Devon

With a sandy beach at the mouth of the South Devon Avon, Bigbury-on-Sea is connected to Burgh Island, which is just off the beach, by a causeway passable at low tide; At high tide a sea tractor transports passengers to and from the island.

Beach Type



There are toilets in the village and at Burgh Island
Cafe and shops in the village, a pub and hotel on the island


Swimming, surfing, windsurfing and walking

Nature and Wildlife

Bigbury is on the South Devon Coastal Path. between the rivers Avon and Erme. The route follows the undulating cliff-line passing Burgh Island and the beaches of Bigbury and Challaborough. leading on through one of the most strenuous sections of the path.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beaches are cleaned daily in high season, and at other times a minimum of 4 times weekly.


Dogs are banned from the beach itself. dog bins are provided.

Awards and Recommendations

Blue Flag Beach
Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Modbury Tourist Information Centre 4 Modbury Court Church Street Modbury PL21 0QR Tel: 01548 830159


Nearest town: Bigbury
County: Devon
Latitude/Longitude: 50.2826, -3.89578
Postcode: TQ7 4AS
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around Bigbury, Devon at Explore Britain.


A379 take the B3392 to Bigbury. beach is accessed from ramp in the car park.

Public Transport

A limited bus service operates from Plymouth to Kingsbridge via Modbury. There is a seasonal passenger ferry over to Bantham.

Nearest Railway Stations

Ivybridge (Approx. 8 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


There is a large pay and display car park including 6 disabled spaces.

Nearby Car Parks

Bigbury on Sea, Bigbury-on-Sea (Unknown stay).
About 0.1 miles away
Challaborough Coastal, Ringmore (Unknown stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Ayrmer Cove, Ringmore (Unknown stay).
About 0.9 miles away
South Milton Sands, Thurlestone (Unknown stay).
About 2.4 miles away
Hope Cove, Hope Cove (Long stay).
About 3 miles away
Aveton Gifford - Adj. to Sewage Works, Aveton Gifford (Unknown stay).
About 3.2 miles away
Hope Cove Sun Bay, Hope Cove (Unknown stay).
About 3.2 miles away
The Old School, Mothecombe (Unknown stay).
About 3.3 miles away
Holbeton, Holbeton (Long stay).
About 4.3 miles away
Bolberry Down, Bolberry (Unknown stay).
About 4.3 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Bigbury