Bigbury-on-Sea North


Bigbury-on-Sea North
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

With a sandy beach at the mouth of the South Devon Avon, Bigbury-on-Sea is connected to Burgh Island, which is just off the beach, by a causeway passable at low tide. At high tide a sea tractor transports passengers to and from the island.


There’s lots to do here with swimming, surfing, windsurfing and walking all being hugely popular. The local surf school - Discovery Surf School - has equipment for hire.

Wildlife and Walks

Bigbury is on the South Devon Coastal Path, between the rivers Avon and Erme. The route follows the undulating cliff line passing Burgh Island and the beaches of Bigbury and Challaborough.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, 15th May to 30th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency
More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office

Tide times

Facilities at Bigbury-on-Sea North

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins Slipway Slipway



There is a large pay and display car park with 6 disabled spaces.

Dog restrictions


Restricted access for dogs, from May to September. No dogs are allowed on certain parts of the beach all year.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily during the summer and weekly the rest of the year.