Thurlestone Beach

Thurlestone, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 3JS

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Thurlestone Beach is made up of two main beaches - the smaller one is next to the Golf Club while the larger beach is slightly further along the coast towards South Milton. Both beaches are sheltered and the waters are shallow enough for the kids to splash about in. Ultimately, Thurlestone is the perfect beach if you want to enjoy a little slice of South Devon without the noise and bustle of the usual summer crowds.

Unspoilt Surroundings

If you’re looking for theme parks, rides and hordes of holidaymakers then Thurlestone Beach isn’t for you. This is the perfect location if you just want to relax and enjoy unspoilt surroundings. Thurlestone Beacg is part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has won an award from the Marine Conservation Society thanks to its clear, clean waters. But to give you a little extra peace of mind there are lifeguards on duty between May and September. While you’re there, take the time to check out Thurlestone Rock, an ancient arch-shaped formation that was immortalised by Turner and is best seen at high tide.

Where to Find Facilities

Thurlestone Beach doesn’t have that many facilities but South Milton, which is just around the corner, has toilets, a beachside café and a wide range of water sports on offer such as kayaking, canoeing and wind-surfing. Access to the beach is down a single-track lane for the last two and a half miles and there are plenty of car parks. On the downside, access for the disabled isn’t that good. If you have someone with mobility restrictions in your group, then you might want to head for South Milton Sands instead, where access to the beach is better.

Dog Friendly Thurlestone Beach

Thurlestone Beach is a dog-friendly beach, so you can bring the pooch at any time of year. There are, however, strict anti-fouling laws in place to help keep the beaches in pristine condition.


Attraction Facilities

  • Lifeguards (May - September)
  • Toilets

Establishment Features

  • On-site Restaurant/Cafe
  • Open All Year

Key Features

  • Families

Parking & Transport

  • Car Parks



Map & Directions

Road Directions

Sat nav users, use the postcode TQ7 3PA.

Thurlestone beach is around 8 miles from Salcombe. Leave Salcombe on Salcombe Road/A381, passing through Malborough and follow signs for South Milton. Continue until you arrive at Thurlestone Golf Club. Take the next right and the car park will appear in front of you.

Thurlestone is 17.5 miles from Dartmouth. Leave Dartmouth on the A3122, and join the A381 and follow signs for Thurlestone. 






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