Add Bigbury to your ‘out of season’ list to see it at its best, and expect a great time on the right day. Bigbury is a good choice for kite surfers for many reasons, and it’s especially worth a visit in a NW. Make sure you choose the right side of the spit facing the island in this wind direction and you’ll be in for an experience.
Watch the spit between Bigbury and Burgh Island at low tide, as you’ll be able to launch from either side depending on the direction of the wind. This works best out of season as the area gets incredibly busy during the summer. For the best beach head to Bigbury-On-Sea which is found just to the left of the spit. The beach is a favourite with windsurfers so take care at medium to high tide!
Bigbury is a south facing beach where any SW direction will generate a large swell, and mast high waves aren’t an unusual sight. Watch out for the strong current generated in this area by the River Avon, and also the wind shadow found at low tide in a westerly (caused by Burgh Island). Bigbury-On-Sea Beach is found in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and its water sports lure the adrenalin seekers as well as families throughout the year.
Although Bigbury’s kite surfing is a big draw, we have to admit that there are also a couple of mouthwatering pubs nearby that always add to its lure! If you head over to Burgh Island the Pilchard Inn is infamous for its food and it’s packed with history too. There’s one thing to bear in mind though, the car park fees are a little on the high side.