Panoramic View of Bigbury-on-Sea
Panoramic shot of Bigbury-on-Sea, including Burgh Island.

Bigbury is a very nice location offering a wide range of conditions depending on the wind and sea state. It has quite a reputation for being a "difficult" place to sail, with many a tale of wrecked kit and long swims, which I can testify to myself! However, it is most definitely not like that the majority of the time, and can offer good intermediate blasting conditions as well as full-on wavesailing. There are, however, some nasty currents, tides and wind-shadows at play here, so if in any doubt ask the locals! Bigbury also plays host to a large UKWA contest each year, and this is well worth checking out.

Map overlooking the sailing area, and local information

OS Map with Aerial Photo

Flat Water: Unusual
Wind Chop: YES
Waves: YES
Beach: Sand
Wind Direction : NW-SW S-SE E-NE

Car parking : YES (£1/hr)
Toilets : YES
Café : YES

Nearest Windsurf Shop : Reactive Watersports

Wind information can be found here,
and the Webcam can be found here.

Tide information can be found here.

A great Satellite view can be found here.

Bigbury is located on the South-West coast of Devon, approximately 20 miles South East of Plymouth. It is immediately adjacent to the famous surfing beach of Bantham, and enjoys some very nice waves given the right conditions. Access is via the A379 and B3392 (signed "Burgh Island"). Follow the A38 / A381 from further afield. There is a very large car-park on two levels, good toilets and an excellent café serving hot food most of the time. The webcam is on the café roof.

Bigbury is a sandy bay flanked by Burgh Island (and the causeway to it at low tide) on one side and the river mouth separating it from Bantham on the other. The river contributes nasty currents (but probably helps the waves), and Burgh Island generates a wind shadow... Check out some other sites and speak to the locals before heading out here!

Due to the shape of the bay, Bigbury can be sheltered from the wind in some directions, SE to E being particularly bad, but the prevailing South-Westerly winds usually give good sailing conditions, and Westerlies can be excellent too. Surprisingly (if you haven't been there) North-Easterlies can also be very good, giving nice cross-off waveriding conditions.

Launching area is shown by the red arrow. Aerial Photos & Maps from Multimap and GetMapping

The photos below should give an idea of the range of conditions found at this location. The larger images have a description of the conditions at the time the shot was taken. If you've got any good photos that you'd like to see here then email me and I'll add them on if possible.

Typical Sailing Conditions

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