Beaches and bathing
Other nearby beaches include Sedgewell Sands - popular for famililes with plenty of space at low tide. These sands run along the river bank of the picturesque Avon Estuary.
Bantham Beach on the other side of the estuary is a large well favoured sandy beach with both sand dunes and rock pools.
Ayrmer Cove - a small beach for when a quieter location is desired, great for rock pooling and in times gone by used by smugglers.
You are spoilt for choice in this designated Area of Outstanding Beauty. A particularly popular walk is across to Burgh Island at low tide and climbing the path to the remains of the huer's hut at the summit - used by fishermen in the past as a look out for the best shoals of pilchards. It is also a favourite spot, on the top of the island, to sit and watch a summer sunset.
The coastal path, part of the South West Way, is almost on the doorstep and there are magnificent coastal views in all directions. One of our favourite walks has to be the coastal path to Ayrmer Cove and then inland up the old smuggler's path to Journey's End, the local pub in Ringmore.
Bigbury boasts one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in the land. Bigbury Golf Club offers spectacular sea views from many directions from many of the holes. The course is only about one mile from Swiss Cottage. The famous Thurlestone course is just a short drive away and Thurlestone Hotel offers visitors pitch and putt which can be great family fun.
Windsurfing and surfing
Windsurfing and Kite surfing at Bigbury are possible in all wind and sea conditions due to the protected shape of Bigbury Bay. Access is easy with a large car park and plenty of space for rigging. It is a sociable place to sail and there is always a good turnout throughout the year.Surfing - North Cornwall is renowned as the mecca for surfing in England, however, South Devon can compete with numerous reef breaks and beach breaks to suit most swell directions and all abilities. For small summer swells Bantham can pick up as much swell as anywhere on the south coast and also boasts some of the longest rides.