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Thurlestone - North Beach

Thurlestone, Devon

These two beaches are set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Coarse sand with rocky outcrops and plenty of rock pools to explore at low tide. The most prominent feature is the famous Thurlstone Rock, best seen at high tide.

Beach Type

Coarse Sand


There are toilets
Including disabled facilities
There are also cafes and shops nearby


The beach is used for swimming
Windsurfing and surfing
There is no zoning for water sports activities

Nature and Wildlife

The South West Coast Path crosses the beach. There are some good rock pools on the beach at low tide.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned daily by hand in high season by the National Trust and the Council.


Dogs are allowed and dog bins are provided.

Awards and Recommendations

Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Kingsbridge Tourist Information Centre The Quay Kingsbridge TQ7 1HS Tel: 01548 853195 E-mail: [email protected]


Nearest town: Thurlestone
County: Devon
Latitude/Longitude: 50.2634, -3.86064
Postcode: TQ7 3PA
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around Thurlestone, Devon at Explore Britain.


Off the A379 follow signs for Thurlestone and South Milton and then signs to both beaches.

Public Transport

There is an occasional bus service (First in Devon Service 162) to Thurlestone and South Milton village. The nearest railway stations are Plymouth and Totnes.

Nearest Railway Stations

Ivybridge (Approx. 9 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


There is pay parking for 150 cars. There are no spaces for disabled people.

Nearby Car Parks

South Milton Sands, Thurlestone (Unknown stay).
About 0.4 miles away
Hope Cove, Hope Cove (Long stay).
About 1.2 miles away
Hope Cove Sun Bay, Hope Cove (Unknown stay).
About 1.4 miles away
Bigbury on Sea, Bigbury-on-Sea (Unknown stay).
About 2 miles away
Bolberry Down, Bolberry (Unknown stay).
About 2.4 miles away
Challaborough Coastal, Ringmore (Unknown stay).
About 2.4 miles away
Malborough, Malborough (Long stay).
About 2.6 miles away
Ayrmer Cove, Ringmore (Unknown stay).
About 2.7 miles away
Townsend Road, West Alvington (Unknown stay).
About 3.2 miles away
Soar Mill, Bolberry (Unknown stay).
About 3.3 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Thurlestone