Bigbury-on-Sea hosts the fascinating Burgh Island with its 14th century pub, The Pilchard Inn. The island is only accessible at low tide or by sea tractor at high tide. At low tide the beach is a large expanse of sand and lapped by shallow waters, it offers safe fun for all members of the family. Rock pools are dotted all over the beach, often filled with crabs and shrimps waiting to be caught.
A varied selection of water sports equipment is available for hire from the beach car park. There are lifeguards present at Bigbury beach from May to September and the beach also has a first-aid room. You can take your dog onto Bigbury beach, although they are restricted to certain areas during the summer months. Bigbury beach is one of the main attractions about holidaying in Bigbury.
Closeby is Modbury, an attractive and busy Georgian town, and well worth a visit with its interesting local shops.
Kingsbridge, situated at the head of the Salcombe Estuary, is the capital of the South Hams. It is the closest town to Bigbury that has a petrol station and banks. Tesco and Morrisons supermarkets can also be found in Kingsbridge. The Kingsbridge Tourist Information Centre can be found by The Quay Car Park.
Salcombe, some 8 miles away along the coast, is renowned for sailing, or enjoying a leisurely ferry trip. A walk through Salcombe with an ice-cream in hand is a lovely way to enjoy a relaxing afternoon.
Totnes, home to Totnes Castle is a busy, bustling market town with an attractive High Street and lots of quirky independent shops.
Plymouth, is the nearest big city with cinemas, a large indoor shopping complex and The Hoe. The National Marine Aquarium, the UK's largest aquarium, is worth a visit on a rainy day.
Bigbury Golf Club welcomes guests. The golf course, which has spectacular views across the bay to Burgh Island, and is only about a mile from the cottage.
Thurlestone and Darmouth Golf Clubs are a short drive away from the cottage and offer challenging rounds of golf. Both clubs welcome visitors.
Bigbury Golf Course - www.bigburygolfclub.co.uk
For watersports enthusiasts, Bigbury-on-Sea beach is only one and a half miles away, and Bantham beach is on the other side of the Avon estuary.
Both beaches offer great opportunities for surfing, body boarding, windsurfing, canoeing, swimming, or just plain paddling.
Canoes, Kayaks, Stand Up Paddle Boards and Surf Boards can all be hired from Discovery Surf School in Bigbury-on-Sea car park.
Discovery Surf School - www.discoverysurf.com
In this part of the South Hams in South Devon, you are spoilt for choice! There are many different types of walks to choose from, whether along the coastline, over the nearby moors or exploring one of the nearby historic towns.
You are welcome to borrow any of the guide books from the cottage to help you plan your walks. There are many recommended pubs and restaurants in the local area from where you can start or finish your walk. Many of them are dog friendly.
Walking Maps & Trails - www.southdevonaonb.org.uk
Only 8 miles away is the infamous sailing town of Salcombe that offers both sailing and sea fishing. Boats can be hired from a number of shops in Salcombe. Ferry trips also run regularly between Salcombe and Kingsbridge.
Salcombe Dinghy Sailing - www.salcombedinghysailing.co.uk