Walk - The Avon Estuary
7.7 miles (12.4 km)
Bantham Sand car park - TQ7 3AN Bantham Sand
Challenging - Footpaths which may be muddy, green lanes, surfaced roads including a tidal road. A fair amount of steep ascent and descent, with some stiles and steps.
A circular route on both sides of the River Avon, along the wooded banks of the estuary where the river flows into the sea at the end of its journey from Dartmoor. Curlews call from the shoreline, herons nest near Cockleridge, and it is one of the best places in England to see swans. Trout and salmon swim in to spawn upriver, and otters can sometimes be seen fishing. At Aveton Gifford the walk crosses the historic bridge over the saltmarsh, following the route that ancient travellers took on their way from Modbury to Kingsbridge.
The South West Coast Path crosses the Avon by ferry, which is seasonal. (See the Ferries page for further details). Out of season, use this walk! The route travels along a road which floods at high tide so check the tides before you leave. Directions are also given for an alternative route inland, bypassing this road. This adds a mile (1.6km) to the total distance.