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Bigbury-by-Sea Beach

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Taken from the top of Burgh Island, this panorama shows a view along the South Devon coastline and the beach at Bigburgy-by-Sea. This panorama was taken in late August 2017, at low tide so the sand causeway linking the island to the mainland is exposed. At high tide, the island is only accessible by a special tractor, and at very high tide, or high winds, it is cut off.

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Burgh Island lies just offshore from Bigbury-by-Sea in South Devon. The island is linked to the mainland by a 250m long sand spit which is only exposed at low tide. The most prominent buildings on the island are the Burgh Island Hotel and Pilchards Inn. The former is a large, art-deco style, luxury hotel, and the latter is a tiny pub which has existed here for over 700 years. Formerly, the pub served local fishermen, now it is reserved for guests at the hotel, though visitors can get drinks from a counter and sit outside on the terrace.

At low tide it is possible to walk across the sand from the mainland. On the island, several footpaths wind up to the top where there are stunning views of the surounding area, with Bantham Beach on the other side of the mouth of the River Avon to the East clearly visible. The scenery here is often found in local artwork.

On the top of the hill are the remains of a small chapel, which can offer some respite from the winds. It is thought the chapel was once part of a larger monastery, much of which now lies beneath the Burgh Island Hotel.


Raod: Bigbury-by-Sea is at the end of the B3392, about 10 miles south of the nearest junction with the A38 and 18 miles from Plymouth. There is parking just above the beach, and more in a field about 5 min walk from the beach.

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