The Beach Guide

Bantham Beach

Bantham Beach - Devon

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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. 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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    Nearest town



    TQ7 3AN

    OS grid ref.

    SX 6631 4374

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