The National Trust has launched an appeal for £2.6 million to buy a stretch of beach at Bantham, in south Devon.

The beach, which the Trust describe as “magical”, is part of the Bantham Village estate, on the market for the first time at £11.5 million.

Bantham beach is located on the southern side of the river Avon estuary and forms part of the Bigbury Bay section of the South Devon Heritage Coast. It boasts panoramic views over to more beaches at Burgh Island – location of the 1930’s style art-deco Burgh Island Hotel, once a favourite getaway haunt of Agatha Christie and Noel Coward – which is accessible by tractor ferry from Bigbury-on-Sea beach, located on the opposite northern side of the Avon estuary. Just south of Bantham is Thurlestone, a “chocolate-box” village with pink-washed thatched cottages and an extensive sandy beach popular with surfers.

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