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Bigbury on Sea

Bigbury on Sea beach, Devon

Bigbury on Sea lies about 17 miles southeast of Plymouth on the South Devon coast.

Otherwise known as Sedgewell Cove, Bigbury is a large southwest facing crescent of golden sand with a little shingle sandwiched between Challaborough in the northwest and, across the River Avon, Bantham in the south east.

Burgh Island is connected to the coast at low tide by the sandy beach but can still be visited when the tide is in via the rather unusual sea tractor.

The beach is very popular with families as well as surfers. Facilities include a large car park behind the beach as well as a café, beach shop and surf School. Toilets are situated in the main car park. The beach is patrolled by RNLI lifeguards in summer.

A 'Seasonal Dog Ban' operates at Bigbury, meaning that dogs are not permitted on the beach from 1st May until the 30th September.

Other beaches nearby include Wonwell and Mothecombe to the northwest and Bantham, Thurlestone and Hope Cove to the southeast




 Sandy beach

 Easily accessible

 Good Surfing

 Lifeguard in summer

 Total dog ban

 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.

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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 Plymouth, Plympton, Tavistock and Modbury.

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 Tavistock, Dartmoor, Bude and Kingsbridge.

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