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Burgh Island Causeway and the Beach Bigbury-on-Sea’s beach at the mouth of the River Avon is one of South Hams’ most stunning and one which regularly wins Blue Flag status. There are acres of clean, golden sand at low tide (half the beach is dog-friendly in summer — dogs are not permitted on eastern beach from May to September). It is perfect for sand castles, cricket and kite flying, and exploring rock pools. The water is good for paddling, swimming (lifeguards on duty in the summer) and, for the more adventurous, there is tuition in surfing or windsurfing with all equipment provided. And, if you are lucky, you may see dolphins in the bay.

The Avon

sea tractor

Coastal PathAt high tide the beach is washed by the sea and Burgh Island can only be reached by sea tractor — a unique experience. The island is well worth a visit for dining, with its Art Deco hotel made famous by Edward and Mrs Simpson, The Beatles, Noel Coward and Agatha Christie; who wrote two of her novels there, and the jolly good food pub there — The Pilchard (dating back to 1336, that is the pub not Agatha Christie!).

Bigbury is on the South Devon Coastal Path, between the beautiful rivers Avon and Erme. Originally a footpath to allow coast guards to patrol the beaches and inlets against smugglers, the path hugs the cliff tops and offers incomparable views across to hidden coves. There are also gentle rambles inland on pretty footpaths.

For golfers, Bigbury has one of the finest eighteen-hole courses with wonderful sea views.