This part of Devon is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Bantham, the area’s best surfing and kitesurfing beach is only a 10 minute drive away and there are dozens of amazing beaches from Mothecome and Bigbury to the south to Slapton and Blackpool Sands towards Dartmouth. Many of them are connected by coast path which offers spectacular walking.
Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and part of the South Devon Heritage Coast, the Kingsbridge estuary is on your doorstep just waiting to be explored. Seahorses live in the eelgrass habitat towards Salcombe and mudflats further inland support a rich variety of wildlife. Worms and snails feed wading birds and fish and it is also home to crab and shell fish. Watch out for otters, dolphins, seals and basking sharks that come into the estuary to feed.
It is a fantastic place to explore by kayak (or any other type of boat!) and at high tide you can launch from the slip 500m from the Malthouse. Stand up paddle boarding lessons start from the Crabshell quay; http://www.waterborn.uk.com/ and there is also a ferry that runs to Salcombe, see http://kingsbridgesalcombeferry.co.uk/ for sailing times.
Bantham, Bigbury and Burgh Island
Bantham is a big sandy beach at low tide separated from Bigbury by the river Avon. It’s South Devon’s best surf - watch out for strong rip currents when the waves are big. Surf reports can be found here: http://magicseaweed.com/Bantham-Surf-Report/10/
From Bantham you can see Burgh Island, connected to the mainland via a sand spit, with its art deco hotel. It gets cut off at high tide but can be reached from Bigbury by the tractor bus.
South Milton Sands is one of our favourite beaches. 10 minutes from Kingsbridge it’s our regular evening BBQ spot. It’s also home to the Beach House café in case you forget your matches!