Bigbury on Sea Beach

Bigbury, Nr Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 4AZ

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Bigbury-On-Sea Beach, situated along the stunning South Devon coastline and within the South Devon National Landscape (previously AONB), stands as a testament to the region's natural beauty. Providing visitors with a picturesque destination for relaxation and recreation, this sandy beach, flanked by rolling hills and framed by the iconic Burgh Island, offers a unique and memorable seaside experience.  

One of the distinctive features of Bigbury-On-Sea Beach is the tidal causeway that connects the mainland to Burgh Island. At low tide, visitors can walk across the sandy pathway, immersing themselves in the tranquil surroundings and enjoying breathtaking views of the surrounding coastline. As the tide rolls in, the sea covers the causeway, creating a sense of isolation for those on Burgh Island, accessible only by sea tractor or boat. It also boasts an award-winning hotel, elegant and rather genteel; it’s an ideal romantic retreat for couples.

The beach itself boasts golden sands and clear waters, making it an ideal spot for families, sun-seekers, and water enthusiasts. The gently sloping shoreline provides safe and shallow waters for paddling and swimming, making it suitable for visitors of all ages. Lifeguards are often present during peak times in the summer, ensuring a safe environment for beachgoers.  

For water sports enthusiasts, Bigbury-On-Sea Beach offers fantastic opportunities for windsurfing and paddleboarding. The consistent breeze and relatively calm waters make it an excellent location for beginners and experienced water sports enthusiasts alike. Rental facilities are available for those looking to try their hand at these exciting activities. 

Surrounded by stunning cliffs and greenery, the beach is also a great starting point for coastal walks, providing breathtaking views of the English Channel and the rugged coastline. Birdwatchers can revel in the diverse avian life that frequents the area, adding to the overall natural charm of the beach. 

Additionally, amenities and facilities around Bigbury-On-Sea Beach cater to the needs of visitors. A beachside cafe, Venus Cafe, provides a delightful spot to grab organic refreshments and take in the scenery. Public toilets and parking facilities are conveniently located, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable day at the beach. 

Dogs are welcome on the main beach from October to May, but the beach to the west of the causeway welcomes dogs throughout the year so your four-legged friends can enjoy your beach days with you! 

Bigbury-On-Sea Beach stands as a jewel in South Devon's coastal crown, offering a unique blend of natural beauty, recreational opportunities, and a touch of historical intrigue with the iconic Burgh Island. Whether seeking relaxation, water sports, or scenic walks, visitors to this beach will find themselves captivated by its charm and the surrounding coastal splendour. 

Opening Times

open (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)



  • Disabled access to the beach
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Attraction Facilities

  • First Aid Room
  • Lifeguards (May - September)
  • Shower facilities


  • Beach side refreshment kiosk
  • On-Site café/restaurant

Establishment Features

  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Parking On Site - easy access to beach from car park.



Map & Directions

Road Directions

By Car: Take the B3392 from the A379. Follow signs to Burgh Island and Bigbury-on-Sea. Car Parks located next to the beach. All day parking charge amount depends on time of year.



Public Transport Directions

Accessible by using the South West Coastal Foot path.





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    Recent Reviews:

    • Lorettatata
      Bristol, United Kingdom
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      Car park rip off, received a parking fine from RCP.
      1 of 5 stars
      4th June 2024
      Although this relates to parking I am aligning it to the beach review as there is simply no alternative to be able to visit this fairly remote beach. We received a parking fine of £60 !! We were... Read full review
    • David D
      Rip-off car park at Bigbury-on-Sea
      1 of 5 stars
      11th June 2024
      The beach and Burgh Island are fine, but I have to agree with the recent poster who was critical of the parking. I have just received a fine for £60 for not paying my parking fee. I thought I had... Read full review
    • Lily E
      Heswall, United Kingdom
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      Great beach too many dogs for my taste
      3 of 5 stars
      14th June 2024
      The beach has a dog free area with a few small diagrams re this but people just ignore it. A number of dog owners just letting their animals wander too. Parking is by card , on phone ( with poor... Read full review


    • Beach AwardsBlue Flag Award Blue Flag Award 2010

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