Local Restaurants, Pubs, Shops etc - within walking distance
Our Favourite Days Out
Evening Barbeque on Bigbury Beach
Its not a ‘day out’ but our favourite way to spend an evening is to wander down to the local beach for a BBQ and some beach games with friends. There are two clever fold-up barbeques in the house which can cater for 8 to 10 easily. Take the house beach cricket set and ‘boules’ for games with the kids whilst dinner is cooking. Then watch the sun set over Burgh Island whilst enjoying a few glasses of wine and some fresh BBQ fish and seafood (if you can’t catch any off the beach there are two great local fishmongers selling day boat fish.)
Salcombe Boating and Beach picnic
Salcombe, playground of the rich and famous, is half an hours drive away. Pick up a gastronomic picnic from one of the delis there and either hire a motorboat or take one of the many ferries from town to South Sands or East Portlemouth beaches and spend the day sunbathing, swimming in the crystal clear water or just watching the activity on the water (very busy in Regatta week). Alternatively you could wander round the interesting shops and enjoy a traditional Devon cream tea by the waterside.
Morwellham Quay - UNESCO World Heritage Site
Ten miles north of Plymouth is Morwellham Quay, the largest Copper mine in Victoria’s Empire. It’s a terrific day out, the absolute highlight being the train trip down into the mine itself, a heart-stopping insight into the life of a miner working by candllelight underground, one hundred and fifty years ago, in tunnels prone to flooding. You can also try on Victorian costumes, see how the Copper Ore was shipped from the Quay downstream in sailing ships. Visit beautifully recreated shops, village, Blacksmiths, Coopers and the Farm and Musuem used in filming BBC’s Edwardian Farm.
Dartmouth History, River Cruises and Steam train
Spend a day in Dartmouth (40 minutes drive away) soaking up the atmosphere in one of the most beautiful and historic harbours in Europe. Dartmouth was the sailing point for the Crusades of 1147 and 1190,
was home of the Royal Navy from the reign of Edward III, was twice attacked during the Hundred Years' War, after which the mouth of the estuary was closed every night with a great chain. The narrow mouth of the Dart is still protected by two fortified castles, Dartmouth Castle and Kingswear Castle. During medieval times it became a major base for privateering (licensed piracy).
The pilgrim fathers rested a while in Dartmouth before setting off on their journey in the Mayflower and the Speedwell on 20 August 1620. About 300 miles west of Land's End, they realised that the Speedwell was unseaworthy and returned to Plymouth before Mayflower then set off alone. The town has also played a part in defeating both the Spanish Armada and (rather later) Germany in WWII when it was the key launching point for the D-Day landings on Utah Beach.
The town itself has beautiful Medieval and Elizabethan architecture and is also the base for many fascinating river cruises and a steam train which runs up the coast. There are many events and festivals through the year including the Regatta, Dartmouth Music Festival, Food Festival, Open Air Shakespeare at Dartmouth Castle and much more.
South West Coast Path
Why not enjoy the stunning scenery and explore the famous South West Coast Path which passes through the village and runs East, crossing the River Avon on the small ferry and continuing towards Hope Cove, Bolt Tail and Salcombe and to the West across the Rivers Erme and Yealm towards Plymouth. Our favourite is to walk along the coast to the secluded and beautiful Ayrmer Cove and then inland on the old Smugglers path to the thirteenth Century Journeys End pub / restaurant at Ringmore for a great lunch or dinner cooked by the former chef at the Burgh Island Hotel.
Castle Drogo and Dartmoor National Park
Less than an hours drive will take you to Castle Drogo, a unique Lutyens designed castle in the heart of Dartmoor. Take a guided tour of this amazing 20th Century country house in the style of a medieval castle, complete with central heating and electrics. Combine it with a picnic amongst some of the most attractive Dartmoor scenery or in the gardens of the Castle.
South Devon Steam Railway, Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary
The historic town of Totnes is forty minutes drive from the house and from there one can take the scenic steam train along the Dart valley to Buckfastleigh, where, next to the station, you can see new Butterflies emerging in tropical surroundings and watch Otters rescued from Dartmoor, swimming in glass enclosures and enjoy their antics at feeding time.
Its also worth visiting by car, You can board their luxury dining train, the Devonshire Pullman, for a wonderful and nostalgic experience in first class, as you enjoy a delicious meal, freshly prepared by their own chef who sources local Devon produce wherever possible. Its a 2 and ½ hour trip to Totnes and back along the beautiful Dart Valley. Buckfast Abbey is nearby and worth a visit, a Benedictine Monastery founded in 1018 under the rule of King Canute.
The sight of a falcon diving down towards earth at over 100mph is one of life’s truly exhilarating experiences. Having a hawk stand on your fist, happily tearing at its food, is a rare privilege. But to actually fly a bird of prey encompasses both of these and much more. One of Britain’s few private falconry centres, Dartmoor Hawking sits at the heart of Dartmoor National Park, internationally recognized as having some of the most dramatic and stunning scenery in the country. With 35 acres of its own land, the school has plenty of space to allow clients to really see these magnificent birds flying at their best.
Their Falconry Experience is a private 4 and a half hour session for those wanting a fuller introduction to birds of prey. The first half of the session being spent with the owls and the falcons at the school. The second part will be flying the Harris Hawks amongst the breathtaking scenery of Dartmoor.
If none of these take your fancy, The Guardian lists the top ten family days out in South Devon here.
As well as an outstanding beach holiday resort, Bigbury on Sea is also an ideal base for exploring Dartmoor and the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which extends from Dartmouth through Salcombe across the Avon, Erme and Yealm estuaries.
On this page we have listed in the first section below, local restaurants, pubs, shops etc within walking distance. Below that we have listed restaurants, pubs and facilities within 5 minutes by car from our house. Finally we have listed some of our favourite days out. Kingsbridge is 25 mins by car and has supermarkets, cinema, excellent restaurants and pubs, moorings and a ferry to Salcombe.
NB: We are very happy to make reservations on behalf of guests for restaurants, watersport lessons, events etc.
Local facilities within five minutes by car