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Surfing Bantham: Surf Spot Guide

Bantham is a small village in South Devon. This is one of South Devon's most consistent surf spots and it often gets busy. It is situated at the River Avon estuary and there are a range of peaks on offer from river mouth to sandbar. On the other side of the river, to the west, is Bigbury-on-Sea. Very strong rips occur here, especially when it gets big, so be prepared. Experienced surfers can use a rip to get to the line up.

Bantham - What Waves, When

Fun, long rights are on offer when there’s a southwest swell and the winds are offshore (north easterly). There are waves on all stages of the tide, but sometimes low and mid are best, and a little bit more powerful.

The waves are often quite mellow and longboarder friendly.

More swell is needed for the high tide to work well compared to the other tide stages.

Bantham – Out of the Water

There are surf lessons available at Bantham, surf equipment hire is also available. Surf shops at Bigbury and Kingsbridge. There are basic amenities including a little beach shop, and you can get food at a cafe or pub in the village.

For accommodation there are a few BnB’s and depending how far you’re willing to travel there are more options such as small hotels, camping and holiday cottages.

For things to do when you’re not surfing there’s walking in the beautiful area, cycling, crabbing and more.




Consistent spot for South Devon.



  One of the busier spots in South Devon.
Strong Rip currents.


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