The Beach Guide

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

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Dogs are allowed and dog bins are provided.

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    TQ7 3JS

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    SX 6769 4166

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