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Bigbury on-Sea

Bigbury is our main location, we operate surfing and SUP lessons here as well as a small surf shop and hire of wetsuits, surfboards, bodyboards, kayaks and SUP's (Stand Up Paddle boards).

Bigbury on-Sea is located in the South Hams, South Devon, England. Post Code; TQ7 4AS. Our base/shop is in the lower beach carpark.

Lessons and hire are available all year round from Bigbury.

Burgh Island

Burgh Island, Bigbury on-Sea.

From our base at Bigbury we have lots of surf breaks to pick from, from straight in front of our shop (pic shown), to the sheltered protection of the causeway beach (shown pic below).

On smaller swell days we surf the 'superbank', that has long peeling waves along the river bank. All the breaks can be seen from our base.

Bigbury is in a perfect position to get waves on any given day.

Bigbury Lineup

Lower car park, Bigbury on-sea.

Bigbury on-Sea is home to Burgh Island's famous art decor hotel and the Pilchard Inn, a walk or sea tractor (seen below) ride across from Bigbury.                                                

Facilities at Bigbury include Venus Cafe, toilets, shower, Beach Shop, Post office, Henley Hotel, and Bistro. There's also lots of self catering accommodation.


Protected Causeway beach at Bigbury.

Bigbury is a great location for children, highlights include a ride on the Sea Tractor, an ice cream at the Venus Cafe, exploring the rock pools, swimming (RNLI lifeguard beach) and lots of sand castle building.

There is a big council car park and also an Economy car park as you come down the hill into Bigbury on-sea. Plus some free car park spots next to the Sedgewell slipway.

Sea Tractor

Sea Tractor

During the Summer we also have a trailer on the beach, so we have instant access to lots of surfboards.

There are dog restrictions in the Summer, although there are allocated areas on the beach/river to walk the dog.


Trailer of surfboards


Venus                     The Venus Cafe is right next door to Discovery, overlooking Bigbury. Perfect for a post surf feed, their food is of the highest quality.          

Venus Cafe View

High tide view from Venus Cafe

There is a seasonal ferry crossing the river Avon, running from Bantham slipway to Cockleridge Ham (Bigbury-on-sea).

Dates: From May to September

Times: 10.00 - 11.00 - 15.00 - 16.00 (Except Sundays)

Tel: 01548 561196

River Avon

View from Folly Farm of the River Avon.

Discovery Surf School is situated very close to the surf action, perfect for easy access for lessons and hire, and next door to the Venus Cafe.


Discovery's Bigbury base. Low tide