Bantham Beach in South Devon

Bantham Beach

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The Bay itself is shallow and sandy with the River Avon flowing into it. Bantham at low tide is a lovely wide open sandy beach, ideal for picnics and sunbathing, kite flying or sand castle building.

At high tide the sea comes almost up to the Dunes. At low tide it exposes lovely shallow sandy pools that warm quickly in the sun and are ideal for toddlers. At the far end of the beach (away from the river and towards the life guard station) there are lots of great rock pools to explore.

Walking along the footpaths* through the dunes is also a must; the river meanders up towards Bantham village and the views are glorious. The sand dunes are bound together with marram grass and are home to sea sandworth, these form lush green carpets of green/white flowers in summer.

* Dogs are allowed to walk these paths year round.


  • Beach - Sandy
  • Parking - Ample
  • Accessibility - Good
  • Toilets - Yes
  • Refreshments - Yes
  • Dogs - Not on the beach 1st May - 30th September.*
  • Life Guards - Seasonal

Best for

Surfing, Paddling and Rock Pools.

Look out for

Surfing - the beach has mellow, shallow waves for beginners but also a strong rip tide offshore, so care is advised for the intermediates. Please be careful with children and family pets, the currents at the entrance to the river Avon can be quite strong at certain tides.

It's a fact !

The Evans Estate (who have cared for it for the last 94 years) have now sold the land to a new owner for an undisclosed sum.


Bantham Beach
Bantham Beach
Bantham Beach
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