Bantham is an untouched village in Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty tucked in a secluded spot along the South Devon coast and situated at the mouth of the Avon Estuary. Located between the villages of Thurlestone and Bigbury on Sea, close to the market towns of Kingsbridge and Salcombe this quaint village is home to beautiful thatched cottages and prestigious period properties standing high above the estuary with outstanding views up the estuary and out to sea encompassing the iconic Burgh Island. Sheltered dunes lead down to Bantham Beach, with golden sands which when the tide goes out leaves a huge expanse of beach to explore and let the kids and dogs burn off their energy.
Bantham Beach is the most sought after surf beach on the South Coast and thousands of surfers flock here all season to ride the long swooping waves.
What is at Bantham Beach
Bantham Beach is the perfect location for a fun packed family day out with all the facilities you should need. With RNLI Lifeguards on duty between April and October you have the reassurance that your little ones can paddle and surf to their hearts content under the watchful eye of the lifeguards.
The Bantham Surfing Academy is based in the dunes where you can learn to surf, paddleboard and kayak in group lessons, it is also handy for wetsuit and surfboard hire. At the end of a sandy day on the beach you can take a quick shower in the toilet block situated in the car park.
The Gastrobus is situated on the fringes of the beach serving delicious homemade cakes, breakfasts and lunches using locally sourced products.
Bantham Beach is also perfect for taking your furry friend for a long walk across the acres of sand at low tide. There are no restrictions during winter months and partial restrictions from 1st May to 30th September however at low tide there is still a vast expanse of beach and the estuary for your pooch to have a well-earned dip on the estuary side of the beach.
The village of Bantham though small has a well-balanced mix of local residents and family holiday homes available to rent throughout the year. Many of the villagers are sustainably employed in the local Sloop Inn with its well-earned reputation for good food and friendly service and on a Sunday, as they are famous for their sumptuous roast lunch as well as a good selection of fish dishes.
The Bantham Village Stores shop is a cosy meeting place for locals and visitors alike to sit down, enjoy a cup of coffee and take in the local gossip and news. The Bantham Village Stores and café stock all your daily essentials and you can stop and relax on their outside decked area and enjoy a cup of coffee and croissant while admiring the beautiful estuary view with swans gliding peacefully by.
Take a Walk through the Local Countryside with Coastal views
Bantham is located on the stunning South West Coastal Footpath where you are able to plan many circular routes from all-day treks to manageable strolls. Bantham is close to Thurlestone and Hope Cove where you can stop in various pubs and eateries for a snack or Sunday lunch. Both host sandy beaches, with far reaching views should you wish to stop for a sandwich and rest your feet. Further afield after strolling across Bolberry Downs and bracing yourself for the craggy and dramatic path in and out of Soar Mill Cove you will drop into Salcombe, a sailing mecca and boutique town nestled up the Salcombe Estuary.
Bantham Annual Events
Bantham Village is all about embracing the natural beauty of its surroundings and natural resources. At the mouth of the Avon Esturary lies the village sailing club which is active throughout the season with regattas and racing.
The estuary also hosts the Bantham Swoosh a family friendly wild swimming race from Aveton Gifford at the tail of the estuary down to the mouth of the estuary on Bantham Beach. Let the natural tide of the estuary make you glide down the estuary taking in the breathtaking scenery. Those more competitive can embrace the race down the estuary before you duck out onto the sandy beach.
Bantham Beach also hosts the top international cross fit competitive event called Tribal Clash where fitness fanatics congregate for two days of intense physicality at Bantham Beach. Not for the feint hearted!
Compass Quay Coastal Holidays – Bantham Beach Self-catering Holiday Cottages
Compass Quay Coastal Holidays, situated in Bantham Village have a fine collection of Bantham Holiday Homes within its portfolio to suit couples on romantic getaways, family homes for those fun packed school break getaways and larger properties that can host family gatherings or birthday celebrations. Many of the properties welcome your furry friends and are ideally located to enjoy both coastal and countryside walks. All the properties house either countryside or sea views, Compass Quay Coastal Holidays properties to suit all requirements There are also other properties within the portfolio in other nearby villages such Thurlestone, Hope Cove, South Milton and Salcombe.