Used by hundreds of thousands of locals, holidaymakers and surfers each year, Bantham beach in south Devon is currently up for sale after being owned by the same family for generations.
Bantham Estate. National Trust Images/James Dobson
Although the National Trust tried to secure funds to buy the land and ensure public access continues to be granted to the area, the trust’s bid has now been confirmed as unsuccessful. Mark Harold, National Trust Director for the south west, said: “We are extremely disappointed at this decision. We, along with many thousands of people who have contacted us over the past few weeks encouraging our involvement in its future, care very passionately about Bantham. We believe this is a very special place, held dear in the hearts of many, not only locally, but also those who have fond memories of childhoods and family times spent there.
We will of course continue to care and protect for ever and for everyone the 40 miles and 3,000 hectares of the South Devon coast we already care for. We would also want, if possible, to work with any future owners of Bantham Beach & Estuary and ensure that this beautiful location is continued to be enjoyed by the many thousands of people who have told us how much it means to them.”