The village of Kingston, nestled deep within picturesque South Hams countryside, and located within a stone's throw of the South West Coast Path, is perfectly situated for exploring this stunning stretch of coastline and enjoying far-reaching sea views from dramatic cliff tops.
Kingston itself has a 16th century pub, and lies less than a mile from the attractive village of Bigbury which boasts a fabulous 18 hole golf course, a great local pub with Italian restaurant, The Pickwick Inn, a village store, and the popular seafood restaurant, The Oyster Shack.
Two miles south west you will find Bigbury-on-Sea and the renowned Burgh Island, with its art deco hotel and Agatha Christie/Poirot connections, along with its pub, The Pilchard Inn - the former smugglers' haunt dating back to the 14th century, where time almost seems to have stood still. This wonderful, unspoilt little island has been featured in many films, is a natural bird sanctuary and can be reached on foot at low tide, or by the iconic Burgh Island Sea Tractor at high tide.
The beach at Bigbury offers all you could wish for from a beach - acres of sand, excellent for castle building (and burying the relatives!), cricket, volley-ball, and the waves and wind necessary for surfing, windsurfing and kite-surfing. It is also a wonderful spot for dogs in the low season, as they can race along the beach, yet remain in full view of their owners! Dog restrictions apply in the high season, however, there are some sections of the beach which you are still able to enjoy with your four-legged companion.
Neighbouring Bantham beach, on the opposite side of the Avon estuary, is set in a fabulous setting, where one can imagine being in some far-away romantic place, especially amid the sand dunes. It is extremely popular with families, couples, and surfers, wind surfers and kite surfers. The Sloop Inn, located in the tiny village itself, is frequented by holidaymakers and locals alike.
A holiday cottage in Kingston offers a beautiful spot from which to enjoy numerous outstanding beaches, awe-inspiring coastal walks, and leisurely strolls through idyllic countryside.
Based at Bigbury-on-Sea and Challaborough Bay, Discovery Surf is a fun, friendly and professional environment where the team always have a smile and a word of encouragement to go with their expert tuition. Providing the opportunity to quite literally interact with South Devon’s primary asset - the environment - they offer lessons, courses and equipment hire, as well as Stand Up Paddleboarding and Kayaking.
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Excellent lesson in tough conditions on a windy down a Bigbury, really clear instruction, great place to srat and get in to surfing
Had a great lesson with Discovery Surf. Two hours on the Sedgewell side of Bigbury Beach. All equipment provided, the guys really knew their stuff and we were on our feet in no time. Such a buzz, definitely recommend trying it out if you've not surfed before or want to build up your confidence in the sea.
A friendly cliff top golf course close to Kingsbridge, Bigbury Golf Club is a links course with spectacular views of the South Devon coast. It is an 18-hole course where you can play as an individual or as part of a group. It’s 6,035 yards for men, 5,544 for ladies and par is 70 and 73 respectively. There’s a clubhouse with a restaurant and bar, but remember that dress should be smart/casual at all times, and in the clubhouse they ask that you don’t wear golf shoes, hats, untailored shorts, general beach wear, collarless tee shirts and non-golf sportswear like tracksuits and rugby shirts. The club offers rates for groups of 6-14 and society golf days for numbers over 14. Green fees are seasonal and depend on the time of day that you’re visiting so keep an eye on the website for full details.
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Good course to play. Very hilly on the front 9. Don't forget the VIP card for the discount. You can book tee times on their website. Take plenty of balls if it's windy. ????
Friendly and a lovely course, with great views. Tricky in any wind!
Operating from the car park at postcard perfect surfer’s paradise Bantham Beach, Bantham Surfing Academy is run by experienced SurfingGB qualified instructors who offer tuition and coaching for all levels, including beginners, as well as supervised surfing sessions and a Kids Club. In addition to surfing lessons, the team offer Stand Up Paddle Boarding lessons, hire and tours around Burgh Island and the River Avon, and lifeguard and surf instructor tuition and qualifications.
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My granddaughter had expert tuition and was so thrilled to be able to stand on her board. She was well looked after (5yrs)
Indulge in a spot of pampering at The Voyage Spa in Thurlestone's iconic hotel. Having recently gone under a complete refurbishment, this beautiful spa combines luxurious modern facilities with a boutique touches to celebrate the regions nautical past. There are three beauty rooms offering a range of treatments as well as a pool, sauna, hydrotherapy pool, fitness studio, steam room and a laconium.
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On the coast with spectacular views of the sea, Thurlestone Golf Club can be seen from the beach and is fortunate enough to be on a beautiful section of the South West Coast Path. The 18-hole course is a mix of links and cliff top terrain and aims to cater to all ages and abilities with a variety of tees. All visitors are welcome and will be pleased to know that there are two bars on site as well as a separate dining room. Green fees vary according to the season but start at £36 per person in the low season. As with most golf courses, there is a dress code so golf shoes must be worn and denim isn’t allowed, but a full list or restrictions are listed on their main website.
A classic village pub in the heart of the village, popular with the locals and walkers on the South West Coast Path. Here you will find a short menu of well cooked, quality pub favourites and local ales and ciders, all served by friendly staff.
The Dolphin Inn Kingston, Kingsbridge TQ7 4QE (T: 01548 810314)
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Lovely ploughman's lunch in the beer garden. So much cheese we were able to take it home and make sandwiches for 2 people for our journey home the next day!
We visited this lovely pub/restaurant last week whilst staying at Wildgoose Barn and Creamery. It had a lovely hospitable atmosphere and the food was excellent and very generous portions! Service was excellent and we would highly recommend it.
Lovely food and very friendly staff.
A worthy sister restaurant to the Beach House and White House in the South Hams, the School House opened in 2017 to rave reviews from some seriously hard to please food critics. In a fabulous location just a few minutes’ walk from Mothercombe Beach, the restaurant has lovely views and plenty of outdoor seating to soak up the sunshine. The perfect place to enjoy a cold beer or a cocktail whilst you browse the menu full of delicious things to share along with fish, meat and seafood all cooked to perfection.
The School House Mothecombe, Devon, PL8 1lB (T. 01752 830552)
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Lovely location and a great place for a drink after walking up the beach. Sadly no gf available & other food a little pricey but I can imagine early evening the place would come alive with the range of cocktails on offer and in that setting.
A good combination of friendly village local and destination food pub with plenty of space including a large beer garden for summer and cosy open fires in winter. The chef draws on his travels to create high quality British and Thai cuisine along with tempting deserts and healthy kid’s options.
The Journeys End Inn Ringmore, Kingsbridge TQ7 4HL (T: 01548 810205)
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Walk from car park is very steep for those with mobility issues. Even worse returning in the dark , no street lights. Not being locals we were unaware that the road went around in a loop! Food good.
We always enjoy a visit to the Journey's End. Excellent, well kept real ale, and, if we liked cider, would probably add a similar comment about that. Good food, using excellent local seasonal ingredients. The menu caters for a wide range of tastes and ages. Dogs welcome. Problem is booking a table, especially for a large family.
This delightful quintessentially 'olde world' country pub would make a good destination for lunch after a morning down at Ayrmer Cove. There's a link between the pub and the play of the same name written in 1928 by the writer RC Sherriff. Have a stroll around the impossibly pretty village of Ringmore and don't leave without visiting the 13th century church of All Hallows, where there's a magnificent and rare medieval wall painting.
Fabulous country pub excellent food, service and ale a wonderful experience chef here is exceptional
It looks so beautiful from the pictures, well it could be, under electric box cupboard and the dining room windowsill the cobwebs where that big we had clean them away. The bedroom with 3/4 bed was only big enough to house the bed no room either side. The armchair in the living room wasn't good to sit in it had collapsed & every time you sat in it you fell through it. Towels didn't smell fresh had to wash them before we could use them.
Our favourite pub, ever, in the world (and we've been around a bit!) We return again and again and again! The noodle dishes are amazing; I always promise myself I'll try something different but still keep gorging on noodles! Very excited to actually be staying in Ringmore this time round (usually we are in Bigbury on Sea) so plan lots of meals here! The beer battered cod was great too and nearly defeated a ravenous young chap - no mean feat! The building itself is brilliant with lots of little rooms and a great atmosphere. When we were there last they were setting up a pizza oven in the garden...can't wait to go back and try it! Yum yum!
A 16th century inn with a large alfresco terrace and seasonal, predominantly Italian menus using locally sourced ingredients. Inside there is lots of seating and a warm and friendly atmosphere.
The Pickwick Inn, St Anns Chapel, Bigbury TQ7 4HQ (T: 01548 810310)
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Had a fabulous dinner here during our stay in Bigbury-on -Sea. All six of us really enjoyed our food, even my picky daughter. Worth visiting just for the chips. Really friendly staff and great service.
Nice place, friendly. Pizzas are very good.
We had a lovely meal here after recommendation from another pub who couldn't accommodate us for dinner. Great food and friendly staff who made us feel very welcome
We were not at all impressed with the meal which we had here. We did not consider returning.
Used this pub for a meal whilst on holiday. The food was absolutely beautiful. The pizza I had was as good as the ones I was served italy! Nice ambience, very relaxed, and the best thing was that they were dog friendly. They have a lovely big area for those with pets. So refreshing, as most holiday accommodations won't allow to leave your dog home, even for short periods and that can be restrictive if it's too warm to leave your dog in the car. Just wish this pub was my local!
Have visited every year since it re opened as an Italian, for the pizza which is our boy's favourite!! Sadly found that the food on the last visit was dissappointing....pizzas very greasy/oily.The service was rather lacklustre and laid back even though we were the only customers. When we mentioned this we were met with some indifference; we won't be returning this year. This was at lunchtime so maybe evening service is better?
Great value and good pizzas. We were surprised to find an Italian themed pub in the middle of nowhere but it works!
Reached either by foot across the beach or at high tide by sea tractor, this 700 year old pub once popular with fishermen and smugglers, has wonderful views and is an atmospheric spot to stop for a pint of Pilchard Ale and a baguette. Owned by the Burgh Island hotel, there is also a cafe on the beach level.
The Pilchard Inn, Burgh Island, Bigbury-on-Sea TQ7 4BG (T: 01548 810514)
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Over the years this has become more and more expensive. Staff could be friendlier and more behind the bar would be helpful. People have to wait in the queue just to get a £1 refund on a plastic glass.
It was clearly almost too much bother for the barman to serve me. And beer and white wine served in plastic ‘glasses ‘. We didn’t go back.
Pleasant place for a drink on a sunny day. Very quaint.
Very disappointed. Felt as if we were a tolerated rather than welcomed. Signs forbidding entrance to one of the bars and when we walked into the only permitted bar the staff member couldn't get back to his own coffee and conversation quick enough.
Would be nice if it stayed open for a drink in the evening.
Overpriced food, felt very unwelcome as only as small section of the pub is available to non-residents, so you are made to feel like second class citizens.
Very atmospheric tho the food is limited with sandwiches being brought down from the hotel so you can't ask, for example, for cheese and chutney without the chutney for fussy children! Having spent many holidays in Bigbury on Sea no visit is complete without a wander over to The Pilchard at low tide. Parents can sit above the beach and watch the small ones rockpooling in safety. Its magic!
Lovely old pub over looking the beach and water but service inefficient
Proper smugglers' tavern in a brilliant location. We sat outside in the sun while the kids played down on the beach. Perfect! Didn't try the food.
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Glorious beach at the mouth of the Erme. Narrow lanes and very limited parking. No toilets, cafes etc - wonderful! Turning circle for cars just before the beach but expect to have to reverse back up the access lane to allow cars that are leaving to go back. A nightmare on Bank Holidays - parking almost impossible and expect to have to negotiate very tight spaces.
Lovely beach but bit of a trek for little ones
One of South Devon’s quieter beaches, Mothecombe is a large and unspoiled, privately owned stretch of sand that’s open every day, all year round. Having won an award from the Marine Conservation Society for its clean sea and sand, you can be assured that relaxing here and pottering about in the water is going to be a happy, healthy and pleasant experience for all in this sheltered corner of Devon. For those wanting to try out water sports, Mothecombe offers the ideal conditions for windsurfing, kayaking, body boarding and generally enjoying the water, particularly for beginners as it’s a comparatively gentle environment in which to give it a go. Given its pristine nature, it will probably come as no surprise that dogs are not allowed on the beach in high season, so keep an eye out for signs for more information, but best to steer clear with furry friends from May to September. There is a car park from which you can access the beach down a narrow path, so it’s not ideal for wheelchair users, but is otherwise conveniently close by. There’s also a tea house in the car park for drinks and snacks and there are toilets nearby as well, so pending the tides you can spend a good day here enjoying the natural scenery and all the fun that it brings with it, whether that’s for the whole family, on a romantic afternoon in the summer sun, or simply enjoying the peace and quiet of this less populated park of the coastline.
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Lovely beach but cafe was being renovated and we were gasping for a cuppa
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Parked in the NT car park at Ringmore and took the 15 min walk down to the beach. Saw a beautiful sunset and had the place to ourselves. Bliss
What a fantastic place. So quiet - we had the whole beach to ourselves a lot of the time. Our dogs loved it.
A lovely quiet cove, with excellent rock pools at low tide. No sand but the kids enjoy it as an alternative to the massive sandy beaches at Bigbury and Bantham.
stunning little beach, very quiet and great for snorkelling
Beautiful cove. Very quiet with lots of bird life.
Well worth the walk with beautiful views of Burgh island from the coast path. We were the only ones there on a very sunny day in April. Perfect.
Simply stunning and well worth the steep (ish) walk down from the National Trust car park at Ringmore. When there - it's hard to imagine the horrors of today's modern world.
Gorgeous beach for an evening swim and barbecue. So peaceful and beautiful
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Best beach in the South Hams.
Can get busy with surfers, but a beautiful place with a wide sandy beach. Lots of room for everyone.
Beautiful beach. Nightmare of a road (especially in high season) to get to it. Worth it though when you get there.
A short walk (less than a mile) from Thurlestone, this is a stunning beach. Lots of shallow water with sand underfoot, truly amazing.
Fantastic sandy beach and so big. My dog loved running around and jumping into the water. Plenty of space for all.