Bigbury on Sea Walks
This attractive seaside village is located in the South Hams area of South Devon. It's a popular place for a walk with a beautiful beach, a fantastic tidal island, a river estuary and some splendid countryside. There's also a couple of noteworthy ancient pubs with a history dating back over 700 years.
This route uses part of the Avon Estuary Walk and the South West Coast Path to create a circular walk around the village. On the way you'll visit Burgh Island and the neighbouring villages of Aveton Gifford and Bigbury.
The route starts on the sea front in the village and heads over to the island. You can cross over on foot over the beach at low tide or catch the sea tractor run by the hotel on the island. The island has a strong assocation with Agatha Christie, serving as the inspirational setting for the mystery 'And Then There Were None'.
After exploring the island you return to the mainland and head along the coast to Sharpland Point, Folly Hill and Cockleridge. Here you can catch the seasonal ferry over the Avon to Bantham on the opposite side. The route then picks up the Avon Estuary Walk and follows the waymarked footpath north east past Aunemouth Sands, Stiddicombe Wood, Stadbury Farm and Efford Farm before coming to Aveton Giffford Bridge. Here you cross the river to enter the village of Aveton Giffford. The pretty village lies at the head of the estuary of the River Avon and includes a 13th century church and the streamside Fisherman's Rest pub.
After exploring the village you head south west along the other side of the river, passing Milburn Orchard, Bigbury village and Bigbury golf course. Shortly after passing around the course you descend back into Bigbury on Sea.
Bigbury on Sea Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Bigbury on Sea Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Bigbury on Sea OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Bigbury on Sea Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
On the route you could stop off at the Journey's End for some refreshments. It's a pub of some note, dating all the way back to the 13th century. Inside there's a cosy interior with four fires and a lovely conservatory. Outside there's a large garden area for warmer days. They serve high quality food and can be found at Ringmore with a postcode of TQ7 4HL for your sat navs.
On Burgh Island a visit to the 14th century Pilchard Inn is also recommended. The historic pub first served the fishermen who lived on the Island and mainland shores over 700 years ago; then the smugglers and wreckers who lured ships onto the Western rocks; and now hotel guests and the public. There's a nice outdoor area with views to enjoy with your meal. You can find them at postcode TQ7 4BG.
The coast and country trails make for a fine dog walk. Dogs are welcome on the main beach from October to May, with the beach to the west of the causeway welcoming dogs throughout the year. It's best to keep them on leads in the Burgh Island area. The two old pubs mentioned above are also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head a few miles east from the village and you could visit the neighbouring town of Kingsbridge. Here you can pick up the Kingsbridge and Bowcombe Creek Walk and the Salcombe and Kingsbridge Estuary Walk. There's some great wildlife spotting opportunities here. Also to the east you can pick up the coastal Hope Cove to Salcombe Walk.
Head west along the coast path and you will soon come to the Erme Estuary and the lovely Wonwell Beach.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Devon Walks page.