Visit this beautiful island off the south coast of Devon on this lovely coastal walk. Burgh Island is located just a few hundred metres from the small seaside village of Bigbury on Sea. You can walk to the island at low tide or catch the sea tractor which is run by the island's hotel.
On the island you will find three private houses, a public house, the ruins of the former chapel and the restored 1920s Art Deco-style hotel. The island has a strong assocation with Agatha Christie, serving as the inspirational setting for both And Then There Were None and the Hercule Poirot mystery Evil Under the Sun with the 2002 TV adaptation of the book filmed here.
This walk starts at the car park on the sea front in Bigbury-on-Sea and walks out across the sands to the island. There are lovely walking trails taking you around the island with its beautiful coves, rocky outcrops and beaches. The view of the Devon coast and countryside is also marvellous.
Burgh Island is on the South West Coast Path so you can easily extend your walk by heading along this fantastic trail. Heading west will take you to the beautiful Erme Estuary where there's pretty beaches, coastal views and lots of wildlife to look out for. Just to the east you can pick up the Avon Estuary Walk.
Burgh Island Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Burgh Island Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Burgh Island OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Burgh Island Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Pilchard Inn dates all the way back to 1336, serving customers for over 700 years. The historic pub first served the fishermen who lived on the Island and mainland shores; 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 for your sat navs.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The circular Bigbury on Sea Walk starts from the nearby village and visits the island before exploring the Avon Estuary. It also visits the neighbouring villages of Aveton Gifford and Bigbury.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Devon Walks page.