Burgh Island, Bigbury On Sea & Bantham
Burgh Island sits just off the South Devon coast opposite Bigbury on Sea and at the mouth of the River Avon. The island can be accessed on foot over a sandy causeway at low tide, but when the tide is in the ingenious sea tractor has been ferrying visitors to and from the island since the 1960s.
There are only few buildings on the island – firstly the art deco and very exclusive Burgh Island hotel (with its own helicopter pad) that you can see to the left of the island – what a great view to wake up to! Built in the 1920s, the hotel has been frequented by a number of iconic 20th-century figures, including Churchill and Eisenhower who are said to have met there to plan the D-Day landings.
Secondly to the right of the hotel is the Pilchard Inn – which has been serving ale for over 700 years – initially to fishermen, and to some of Devon’s most notorious pirates ( in fact It’s said to be haunted by the ghost of Tom Crocker a notorious 12th century pirate), but it now caters mainly to hotel guests, holidaymakers, and day-trippers.
The last building on the top of the island is the derelict remains of a chapel, which later became a ‘huers hut’ – a place where fishermen would keep a lookout for shoals of Pilchards, issuing a ‘hue and cry’ to alert their fellow fishermen of a potential catch.