Burgh Island is an iconic South Devon landmark, placed directly opposite Bigbury on a sea beach.
The island is accessible at low tide by a strip of sand, which is fully covered at high tide, leaving a ride on the special sea tractor as the just means of access.
Paddle Boarding Around Burgh Island
As well as sea tractor of the island is famed for its links to Agatha Christie, the art-deco inspired hotel and as well as a one-time haunt for smugglers and pirates.
The tidal passageway that separates the mainland from Burgh island is a charming sandy beach, perfect for SUP board surfing and sandcastle building whilst you admire views of the island.
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A walk around the island will let you discover the chapel’s remains or discover an abundance of wildlife that live on its shores.
If you fancy a break, visit the Pilchard inn on the shoreline for a new pint or baguette.
Burgh island sits just off the South West Coast Path, and lots of hours can be spent wandering along the amazing coastline looking out to sea and back towards the island.
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The Burgh island hotel
The infamous art-deco inspired Burgh island hotel places on the island.
This island retreat has housed some trendy guests, including Agatha Christie.
Although under various names, Burgh island was featured in 2 of her most famous novels.
The hotel is open to non-residents for black tie evening meals and Sunday lunch.
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The early history of Burgh island is somewhat unknown anyway.
The remains of a chapel sit on the island known as Huer Hut. Actually, it is thought that the chapel was where fishers would keep a watch for the shoal of pilchard.
When spotted, the fishermen would make a cry to alert other domestic fishers of Bigbury. This is where the term Hue and Cry developed.
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