Trip Notes PDF
This trip is the perfect way to experience SwimTrek, have a new adventure, and savour a taste of history – all in the space of one day.
Burgh Island is an iconic swim just 800 metres off Bigbury-on-Sea in Devon, and measures one mile in circumference. The island itself is also worth a visit post-swim for its Art Deco hotel, walking routes and remarkable eco-system, and its history as a holiday haunt of crime writer Agatha Christie.
So if you can swim a mile or two in the pool, why not sign up for this trip and have a great story to tell your friends – better still, bring them along too.
Because English weather can be temperamental at the best of times, the swim can be more challenging some days due to adverse weather conditions – but our guides and safety boats will be with you every stroke of the way.
What's not included?
The swim is tidal, with a distance of 1 mile and takes roughly 30-45 minutes
The swim is designed for the swimmer who can swim in a pool for at least 1km and has some open water experience.
These temperatures are indicative only and can change on a daily/weekly basis
Equipment to bring along with you
In addition to “normal” daily clothes, you will need to bring the following:
*It is advisable to have a pair of tinted goggles to cater for the sun’s glare off the sea during swims.
Swim Hats, Flippers, Rashvests and Wetsuits
Please note that SwimTrek will supply swim hats. If you think you will want to use a wetsuit, flippers or a rash vest, we recommend you bring these with you in order to maximise your enjoyment of the trip.
If you think you would benefit from a wetsuit but don't want to commit to buying one outright you are now able to hire a wetsuit for £40 through the company Vigour Events. They will send the wetsuit directly to your door. For further information please click here.
Up to a maximum of 16 people, with one motorised rib and two escort paddle boarders.
If you are arranging to meet friends before or after the swim please be aware that phone reception at Bigbury and Burgh Island is poor.
From the A379 between Modbury and Aveton Gifford, turn on to the B3392 to Bigbury. Pass through Bigbury village with its local shops and follow the road to Bigbury-on-Sea where there is a large car park and a café nearby.
There is a charge for the car park of £3.50 for 3 hours and £6.50 for the day. It is possible to buy 3 hours plus one or two hours to save buying a full day ticket.
Train & Taxis
The nearest train station to Bigbury-on-Sea is Plymouth Station. For all enquiries try www.nationalrail.co.uk. Taxis are available at the station to take you to Bigbury-on-Sea. There are no regular bus services.
Should you want to stay in this beautiful area there are B&B’s in Bigbury-on-Sea:
The coastline in this beautiful part of the country is just stunning. This morning swim can be easily combined with a weekend breakaway with family or friends. There is lots to do in the area, with many great surf locations where you can try your hand at surfing or stand up paddle boarding. Or whilst you swim Burgh Island the family can be entertained for a morning of body boarding at Bigbury, with the family meeting you from your swim on the beach in front of the island with their surf or body boards.
There are many lovely walks and villages with character to visit. Try Inner Hope and Hope Cover and take a walk along the coastal path to Bantham where the views are inspiring. For refreshments stop at The Sloop in Bantham (check opening times) before you turnaround to come back or try a shorter walk to South Milton and the Beach House Cafe for the best cakes in town!
This busy picturesque town is well worth a visit and is within easy reach. You can mix with the sailing fraternity and there are many wonderful pubs and restaurants with great food to enjoy.
Surfing and Stand up Paddle Boarding
Discovery Surf School - Surf school situated at the Bigbury car park - Tel: 0044(0)7813 639 622 - www.discoverysurf.com
Triocean Surf offer surf hire for Bantham and the surrounding areas. You can hire surfboards for all abilities, stand up paddleboards, kayaks, body boards, and surf wetsuit Churchstow, Kingsbridge - Tel: 0044(0)1548 854 676 -www.trioceansurf.co.uk