Bantham Beach

Situated at the mouth of the River Avon, Bantham beach looks out over Bigbury and Burgh Island. Backed by sand dunes and the rolling hills of the South Hams, Bantham has little trouble fitting in with the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Bantham is an ideal family beach; a wide expanse of shallow sloping sands, rock pools and plenty of facilities such as the “Gastrobus” serving snacks and drinks, a pub and a cafe. There is also a seasonal lifeguard service making this a safe option.

Bantham also has a reputation as one of the best surfing beaches in South Devon. Admittedly there aren’t too many spots around here but it can get quite good on the right conditions. If you fancy giving surfing a try the Bantham Surfing Academy is a good place to start.

The beach here is actually privately owned along with the village. Formerly part of the Evans Estates it was sold in 2014 for an estimated £11.5 million to a mystery family. However, this does not affect public access.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are not allowed on the beach between 1st May and 30th September (they are allowed on the Estuary all year though)

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  • Surfing


  • Pub nearby

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

SX 6631 4374


There is a large car park by the beach.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Bantham Beach Reviews

Nice beach but not for short stay visit

Sep 16th 2021

We did not come to do surfing but just pay a short visit. The beach is nice and quiet. But there is only one entry and the parking fee is £6.5. For a short stay visit this is just too much.

100% recommend!!

Sia C
Jan 27th 2021

This beach is AMAZING! It is perfect for surfing and you can get lessons for your kids so easily! There is a cute little cafe when you drive down and they serve the best pastry’s and coffee. I stayed in a beautiful house called ‘white horses’ it is amazing, it has a stunning river view of River Avon. The river is so pretty and is amazingly relaxing to swim down. I really recommend goin game to Bantham and staying in white horses.


Sep 26th 2019

to sandy, smells okay-ish, water is great, overally i had a dandy time

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