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Heavy rain prevented visit, but view spectacular

I hesitate to give this attraction less than a 'very good' rating because the view from the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Salisbury, United Kingdom
Good views back to mainland

Although much of the island is private land owned by the hotel, there is a pleasant path allowing... read more

Reviewed 10 September 2018
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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Bigbury-on-Sea, Plymouth TQ7 4BG, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bigbury is the best beach in devon, when the tide is out you can walk across to burgh island, you can stay at the Challaburgh caravan site known to locals as challafornia, its a lovely place about 18 miles from Plymouth.

Thank Andyjcopeland
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

No other way to discribe this place! Views to die for sea so blue you could be it the Caribbean and the brilliant Pilchard Inn which is now open to everyone again.

Thank holidaycouple904
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I hesitate to give this attraction less than a 'very good' rating because the view from the approach road and car park is spectacular, whatever the weather. However, the driving rain prevented us from walking across to the island to explore it, since we did...More

Thank kittyginger
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There is so much to do here. A lovely pub, a walk to the top of the island,rock pools and a art deco hotel. Worth a visit in all weathers and tide states. Walk at low tide Sea tractor at high tide. Enjoy

Thank John R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We wandered across at low tide. There was an easy walk around half of the island with views in all directions and resident kestrels hunting overhead. We then stopped for a drink at the wonderfully atmospheric Pilchard Inn - a true smugglers haunt almost 700...More

Thank tjsussex
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took my visiting parents here as I thought it would appeal to them. The tide was nearly out so we had to take socks and shoes off to cross the final part of the beach! The sea tractor wasn't operating which was a shame...More

Thank 413gailg
Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

Although much of the island is private land owned by the hotel, there is a pleasant path allowing you to walk to the top of the island to appreciate the views back to the mainland. Worth the extra effort if you’re walking the SWCP and...More

Thank One_of_the_BOFs
Reviewed 9 September 2018

As previous reviews state the views are amazing. Very unique, as when we were there the tide started to come in and we had to take our shoes off to wade through the water, to get back across the beach. Please bear in mind this...More

Thank SallyofSomerset
Reviewed 25 August 2018

I love this island and the steep walk up to the top is well worth it for the stunning all-round views. Don’t rely on the pub/cafe for refreshments though! They had run out of food the day we were there.

Thank Ahardyweed
Reviewed 19 August 2018

Either use the tractor to cross or walk when the tide goes out.Just a short steepish walk to the top and back.You can also have a drink and food at the Pilchard Inn and cafe.

Thank sdmb51
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Deborah S
29 October 2015|
Response from Bmoe | Reviewed this property |
The Pilchard Inn serves food and has plenty of character. While we were staying on the island it closed early as the sea tractor couldn't run due to high winds.. Ask the hotel nearer the time re opening hours.
Clare C
27 September 2015|
Response from Bmoe | Reviewed this property |
They have Range Rovers they use when the tide is out.
Graham B
29 June 2015|
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Response from bgbg2017 | Reviewed this property |
We had exactly the same feeling! I suppose admitting they'd actually rather like to keep the place private and exclusive wouldn't really endear the owners to the good citizens of Devon.