River Avon and Estuary, Bigbury-on-Sea, South Devon

River Avon and Estuary, Bigbury-on-Sea, South Devon

From the highest point on Dartmoor's south moor to the iconic Burgh Island

The River Avon rises at Avon Head on the side of Ryder's Hill which is the highest point on the southern high moorland plateau of Dartmoor National Park. From Avon Head, the river runs south towards Huntingdon Warren before trending south east to the Avon Dam Reservoir and then South Brent on the National Park border.

The river then arcs through the South Devon countryside towards Bigbury-on-Sea. Where river meets sea, the estuary is flanked by Bigbury-on-Sea Beach and Bantham Beach. The iconic Burgh Island dominates the view.

Other major Devon rivers rising on Dartmoor include the River Plym and River Tavy, the River Dart and River Teign.

 

Location of the River Avon and Estuary

We've positioned the estuary on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location. 

 

Other River Avons

Note that there are four River Avons in England: 1. River Avon (Devon), 2. River Avon (Warwickshire), 3. River Avon (Wiltshire and Hampshire) and 4. River Avon (Gloucestershire to Bristol).