Bantham Beach

South Devon's Premier Family & Surfing Beach ...

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Welcome to Bantham Beach

Nestling deep in the South Hams at the mouth of the little known river Avon, Bantham beach is one of Devon’s premier beaches. Within easy driving distance of Salcombe and Kingsbridge, Bantham beach is situated in a designated AONB, it offers beautiful scenery with panoramic views over Bigbury Bay and the famous Burgh Island.

Bigbury Bay itself is a shallow sandy bay, which makes Bantham an ideal beach for swimming and paddling for all the family. Owing to the natural topography of the bay, Bantham also has a reputation as one of the best surf beaches in Devon.

At low tide the beach opens up to reveal acres of shallow sandy pools warming up quickly in the sun to create ideal play areas for toddlers. Venture over to the South end of the beach and the low tide will expose a fantastic array of rockpools below the headland.

The estuary and surrounding area are a natural haven for wildlife and enjoyed by walkers using the coastal footpaths. Bantham remains unspoilt and the beach is managed with the aim of keeping it as natural as possible.


Bantham among best in Europe
Bantham Beach has been named number 6 in The Lonely Planet's 2015 guide to the 10 best beaches in Europe - the only english beach on the list.

Read more on The Western Morning News website or visit the Lonely Planet Guide website by clicking the logo below.

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Map & Directions

Get Directions to Bantham Beach

Follow signs to Bantham from A381 Aveton Gifford to Totnes Road or from the roundabout on the A379 connecting Churchstow and Aveton Gifford.

Click the car icon on the map to get printable driving directions...


Car Parking

The carpark at Bantham is approximately 100m from the beach with capacity for over 1000 cars, and is an easy walk over the sand dunes.


Feb half term until May (half term)

all day


May half term until end September



May half term until end September




all day



All year round

all day


The carpark fee is a flat rate charge for the day. All cars must be removed from the carpark by 9pm during the high season. At other times the gate is locked earlier dependent on daylight hours.

Car park charges apply from February half term until 31st October approx.

Note that we reserve the right to alter prices and times without further notice.








The season tickets are registered to a particular vehicle and are not transferable. Please buy all tickets from the gatekeeper at the entrance.

Car parking remains free between November and February half term.

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Dogs are allowed at Bantham all year round; however, restrictions do apply between May 1st and September 30th.During these months dogs are not allowed on the main beach.

Dogs are always permitted on the beach beside the estuary, which at low tide can extend to many acres.

The gatekeeper will be happy to give directions to dog walkers on arrival. The area is clearly signed.



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

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From May to September

10.00 - 11.00 & 15.00 - 16.00
(Except Sundays)

Tel: 01548 561196


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