Bigbury-on-Sea and Thurlestone Coast Guide  

Bigbury-on-Sea is a small seaside resort in the South Hams area of Devon. The town nestles on the banks of the River Avon as it meets the sea at Bigbury Bay. On the opposite bank of the River Avon is the village of Bantham. Bigbury-on-Sea is a quiet resort town, the main attractions are the beaches and clear blue seas and the wonderful Burgh Island. 

                                                              Burgh Island

The main beach at Bigbury is mostly sand with some shingle, it is very large and gently sloping and  it has a Blue Flag ward. There are toilets, a slipway, cafe and pub and there are life guards on patrol in the summer months. There are also beaches at Bantham, Challaborough and Thurlestone. A foot ferry connects Bantham and Bigbury but to reach Thurlestone you would have to drive back to the A379 and head south towards Kingsbridge.  

Burgh Island can be reached at low tide across a sand spit and at high tide by a sea tractor, a unique vehicle which transports visitors in a cabin, atop the tractor. On the island is the enigmatic Burgh Island Hotel, a Grade II listed, Art Deco style hotel built in 1929 and frequented by Agatha Christie. The hotel was recently refurbished to a high standard and has an excellent restaurant. Guests can arrange to be picked up by the hotels 4x4 vehicles to save getting their feet wet!

For details of Salcombe Hotels and Holidays, Guest Houses, Cottages  and to visit Attractions.  Go to Bigbury on Sea Hotels and Guest houses



Thurlestone is a small village set back from the sea and overlooking Bigbury Bay. the village can be reached via the A379 Plymouth to Kingsbridge road. The village takes its name from the large rock, just off shore, that has a hole in it - this was known as the thirled stone in time past. 

There are two nice beaches at Thurlestone; Thurlestone and South Milton Sands, both are a mix of sand and shingle and are gently sloping. There are toilets, cafe and First Aid facilities in the area. There is another sandy beach at the village of Hope, around a mile further east. 

The South West Coast Path runs along here and you can walk east past Hope Cove to Bolt Tail for some spectacular views along the coast. The more adventurous can continue on a further 5 miles, to Bolt Head, which is one of the southernmost points in the UK. 


                              Hope Cove Devon                                                            Burgh Island Bigbury-on-Sea 

Nearby places to visit

Thurlestone Golf Course - Phone: 01548 560405

Kingsbridge - Market town with shopping and leisure facilities.

Plymouth - Historic coastal city with lots of attractions and leisure facilities. 

Hope Cove - a small seaside village with a gently sloping sandy beach

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



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