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Bantham beach, Devon

Bantham beach lies across the river from Bigbury-on-Sea on the South coast of Devon.

Situated on the east bank of the River Avon, Bantham Beach is bounded by the river to the west and to the east by the sand spit of Bantham Ham and cliffs that lead eventually to Bolt Tail. A former fishing port trading pilchards and prior to that tin with the Gauls and Romans; Bantham is now reliant on the tourist trade, and is one of South Devon's premier beaches.

The beach expands hugely at low tide and is popular with surfers and other beach goers.

Please Note: There is a high risk of getting cut off by the tide if you try to cross the river mouth from the west. There is a crossing point via ferry further upstream at Cockleridge.

All the usual facilities and amenities lie in Bantham village nearby.

There are some great walks along the cliffs southeast from Bantham passing Lea's Foot Sand, Thurlestone Sand, outer and Inner Hope (Hope Cove) before reaching the headland of Bolt Tail.




 Sandy beach

 Easily accessible

 Good Surfing

 Lifeguard in summer

 Cafe, shop or pub


OS Explorer Map OL20: South Devon

OS Explorer Map OL20: South Devon

This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.

Local area

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Hope Cove, Kingston, Modbury and Malborough.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:







Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:






Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Kingsbridge, Brixham, Paignton and Newton Abbot.

Nearby Attractions




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