Thurlestone Beach (South Milton Sands)

Thurlestone Beach - Devon
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Thulestone offers the visitor two sheltered sandy beaches to choose from. Leasefoot, the smaller of the two lies next to Thurlestone Golf Club, while the larger Thurlestone Sands is just along the coast, closer to South Milton. Thurlestone Sands is a popular location for a wide variety of watersports.

Because Thurlestone Sands is accessed via a single-track road, it is relatively remote and does not get the crowds that are usual on equivalent Devon beaches.  The beaches lie in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and it’s easy to see why.  They have a distinctly rural feel, and children will love splashing about in the clear shallow water at the shoreline. Care does however need to be taken further out to sea as signs here warn of dangerous rip-tides, currents and sudden shelving.

A notable feature at Thurlestone Sands is the famous Thurlestone Rock- an arched natural rock formation lying just off the rocks at one end of the beach.  This is best viewed at high tide.  The rocky outcrops flanking the beach provide shelter to the main beach area and expose some interesting rockpools at low tide.

Although dogs are allowed on the beach at any time of year, there are strongly enforced dog-fouling laws here, which help to keep the golden sand here lovely and clean.

Also known as:

South Milton Sands

Type of beach

Sandy

Lifeguard service

Yes

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs are allowed and dog bins are provided.

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Facilities

  • Shop

Nearest town

Salcombe

Postcode

TQ7 3JS

OS grid ref.

SX 6769 4166

Water quality

Water quality star rating

Awards

Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Thurlestone Beach Reviews

Smelly poorly kept beach

Country Gal
May 17th 2021

This beach is not well kept.
The access is difficult and the whole beach stinks of sewage.
Poor signage and parking confusing.
Dog friendly yes but why is that…..? Only allowed because it is an awful beach.
Could be truly amazing.
Wish we had had a better experience.
May 2021.

Lovely unspoilt beach

Kate Dickinson
Aug 05th 2020

Lovely day spent on this beach. Toddler played happily in the shallow estuary of the river that runs into the sea here .... Excellent cafe and adequate toilet facilities ... A little tricky for disabled persons as path down is sandy and a step although we did get the buggy down ... coarse but soft clean sand ...  A bit of a challenging drive though to get there along a single track road ....

brilliant

its me
Apr 03rd 2020

love the beach it is perfection

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