Bantham Beach

Nr Kingsbridge, Modbury, Devon

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You can’t have a seaside holiday without a good beach, but you need to be sure that they’re safe, relaxing and clean – especially if you’re taking toddlers with you. South Devon’s got great beaches that are perfect for proper bucket and spade holidays, and many of them are award winners for cleanliness and safety. Bantham beach is one of the best in the area and ticks all right the boxes if you want a typical English seaside holiday.

Beautiful and Safe

This crackingly good beach is part of the designated South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s also won awards from the Marine Conservation Society and the coveted Blue Flag, so you know it’s clean. You can see Bigbury Bay and Burgh Island from the beach - a couple of interesting locations that are well worth a visit. You can get to Burgh Island by taking a ride on the famous ‘sea-tractor’, which the kids will love. Bantham is shallow and sandy so it’s great for families with kids who want to do a little swimming or paddling, and to keep anxious parents’ minds at rest there are lifeguards on duty from May to September. At low tide, you’ll find loads of shallow pools that warm up quickly in the sun and are perfect for crab hunting.

Surfing Trips

But there’s more to Bantham beach than just sun, sand and ice cream. It’s also one of the best surfing beaches in South Devon. The beach has got mellow waves for beginners (known in surf-speak as ‘ankle slappers’), while the mouth of the River Avon fires out enough rips and breaks to test even the most radical hot-doggers.

Once you’ve had enough of the waves there’s a pub nearby serving great beer and home-cooked meals. If you want to stay near the beach there are plenty of great B&Bs in the local village. The beach is well served with its own facilities, including a beach shop where you can buy all those little essentials. While dogs are not allowed on the beach between May and September they are allowed on the Estuary all year round, which you can get to at low tide.

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  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

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  • Lifeguards (May - September)

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Take unclassified highway from the roundabout at Churchstow signposted Bantham.

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    Recent Reviews:

    • Stephen H
      Kingsteignton, United Kingdom
      Stunning
      5 of 5 stars
      30th Oct 2021
      A fabulous beach with stunning views all around. Well worth the effort to get there. Very easy parking which was manned and able to pay by credit card. Seating area for picnics. Easy access toilets... Read full review
    • Countryman L
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      Couples
      Parking is a rip-off
      1 of 5 stars
      25th May 2022
      Car parking is very expensive, we arrived at 4pm and they still insisted on a full day charge. Felt like a bit of a rip off and What a horrible, aggressive and unhelpful car park attendant. Read full review
    • dave h
      Paignton, United Kingdom
      What a rip off for a short visit
      2 of 5 stars
      5th June 2022
      If you want to visit make sure you make a day of it. Even arriving early afternoon you still have to pay the full going rate of £6.50 - contactless only. A posh nosh caravan has been set up to sell... Read full review

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