Swim around the spectacular art deco haven of Burgh Island
An excellent introduction into open water swimming
Explore the island’s unique ecosystem and the variety of marine life that shelters in the seaweed
Tick off one of Britain’s iconic swims
Join us as we take part in a wonderful open water swim around Burgh Island in Devon. Measuring one mile in circumference, this small tidal island is located approximately 800 metres off Bigbury-on-Sea and is an excellent introduction to open water swimming along Britain’s beautiful southwest coastline.
Burgh Island is an art deco heaven that was made famous as a much-loved holiday location of crime writer Agatha Christie, even featuring as the backdrop for her book Ten Little Indians. Famous British playwright, composer, director and actor Noël Coward is also one of the island’s notable past guests. The island is also famous for its water tractor that comes into use when the tide is in, saving visitors going to and from the island from getting their feet wet.
This swim is a real treat and there are plenty of places nearby for lunch after the swim. As the tide recedes wade across to the Pilchard Pub on Burgh Island for lunch. Or just 10 minutes drive away try the Oyster Shack at Bigbury, well known for its seafood. The Dolphin Inn at Kingston has really good food at great value and a lovely garden to sit in, to celebrate your great swim.
Who is this swim for?
Swimmers should have a basic understanding of open water swimming, be confident swimming in various sea conditions and be capable of completing an unassisted swim of around 2km prior to the start of the trip.
- Fully guided swim around Burgh Island in Devon
- Full safety support throughout the swim
- Commemorative swim cap
What's not included
- Travel to and from the start of the tour
Please note that the below itinerary is an example of the swim that may take place during the course of your trip, however, actual swim distances will vary according to local weather and sea conditions. Your SwimTrek guides and local boat pilot will determine the most suitable swim locations each day and will communicate the plan with all guests as soon as possible.
I would never have done that swim on my own. Thanks for enabling me to realise my goal of at least one open-water swim.Kathrine M, UK - 2017
An iconic swim round Burgh Island fulfilled a life long ambition. Very challenging conditions but the expert team provided the encouragement and assurance to complete a memorable minor epic!Richard Houghton , UK -2017
An amazing first experience of sea swimming in the most beautiful setting. Thank you!Emily S, UK - 2017
Wow, first UK sea swim done. Challenging conditions at Burgh Island. Great experience. Definitely be back for more.Henryk G, UK - 2017
An exhilarating and challenging swim that boosted my confidence and made me keen to join more tripsJane E, UK - 2017
Burgh Island was a great first SwimTrek trip for us, and there was a nice relaxed and friendly atmosphere throughout.Nik& Annie R. UK - 2016
A fantastic trip and a great introduction to open water. Our guide and the safety crew were brilliant. Thank you SwimTrek!Tanya. UK - 2016
Been there - swum round that - got the bobble hat!!Jane F. UK - 2016
A wonderful experience! A great bunch of fellow swimmers, excellent guide, beautiful scenery - a magical swim. Thank you!Carolyn E. UK - 2016
The experience exceeded expectations. I have made friends with like minded people who all share each other's success as though it was their own amazing already looking to book next trip!Jenny A. UK - 2016