Bigbury village, Devon
The area of Bigbury is divided into Burgh Island, Bigbury on Sea, and Bigbury. Burgh Island is often referred to as a 'part-time island' because as the tide recedes it leaves a causeway of golden sand - when the tide is in a sea-tractor operates.
The first building that greets visitors is the 'Pilchard Inn' which dates from the 14th century when a monastic community lived on the island.
To the left is the famous art-deco hotel which has been visited by many famous people such as Noel Coward, Edward and Mrs Simpson, Agatha Christie, The Beatles, and reputedly Churchill and Eisenhower.
The view from the top of the island is wonderful and includes the ruins of The Huer's Hut and St Michael's Chapel.
Bigbury on Sea is a modern seaside settlement, with houses only appearing between 1906-1910. The former pilchard processing unit was finally demolished in 1990 and replaced with an apartment block which was more in keeping with the beauty of the bay.
The beach is one of the finest in Devon and is a popular choice with the locals. The golden sand offers families a dream day on the beach and, at the estuary end, good surfing.
One mile back from the coast is the Bigbury Golf Club with superb views over Bigbury Bay. The village of Bigbury is about 1.5 miles inland. The manor house was originally the home of the de Bykebury family and subsequently by the Champernownes (Sir Walter Raleigh) of Modbury.
The village is small but retains a Post Office, garage, and 'The Royal Oak', an excellent stop after a hot day on the beach, or golf course.
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:
There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby: