BIGBURY ON SEA
Bigbury On Sea is located in South Devon in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and on the South West Coast Path. It is a popular family beach destination due to its large flat expanse of soft golden sands, shallow bathing and endless rock pools. It has one of the greatest beaches in South Devon for surfing, kite surfing, wind surfing, paddle boarding and kayaking and is home to the Discovery Surf School (one of the best surf schools in Devon) where you can take lessons, with the added advantage of being able to hire all necessary equipment. Lifeguards are present between May and September and there is also a first aid room and toilets.
Burgh Island with its hotel and 14th century inn also offers wonderful walks, where from the top the views are absolutely stunning. It is steeped in smuggling history. Tom Crocker, leader of a band of vicious pirates in the 14th century, is thought to have hidden his hoards on the island and inhabited its southern caves. His ghost is said to wander the island adding to the mystery and intrigue. The stone shelter at the very top was built as a lookout over Bigbury Bay for the fishermen to watch for shoals of approaching pilchard.
BURGH ISLAND HOTEL
This little coastal resort is well known for being the home of the iconic art deco landmark of Burgh Island Hotel which sits on its own tidal island, completely cut off at high tide. The hotel was recently restored to its 1930’s glamour and has a rich history from wild parties in the roaring twenties to hosting famous guests such as Winston Churchill, Noel Coward and Agatha Christie, who wrote a number of her books on the island and used it as the inspiration for ‘And Then There Were None’ and ‘Evil Under The Sun’, The hotel is open for lunch and dinner to non-residents.
THE PILCHARD INN
The 14th century Pilchard Inn is located on Burgh Island where you can enjoy refreshments overlooking the beach or pop inside and take in 700 years of history and original interiors. Enjoy a cosy fire and an excellent menu in the evening.
THE SEA TRACTOR
When the tide cuts off the hotel from the mainland, those who come to Bigbury On Sea may be lucky enough to take a ride on the one of a kind, third generation hydraulic Sea Tractor to reach the other side. The Sea Tractor runs for guests of Burgh Island Hotel, but members of the public can join the ride for £2.00 each way.
THE VENUS CAFÉ
The Venus Café is located next to the Discovery Surf School and offer a delicious menu of snacks, meals and drinks.
BIGBURY BEACH SHOP
The Bigbury Beach Shop is located in the public car park at Bigbury on Sea and offers a wide selection of beach related items for sale from beach toys to sun cream.