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South Milton Sands

South Milton lies at the southern end of Thurlestone Sands, roughly halfway between Bigbury-on-Sea and Bolt Tail on the South coast of Devon.

The west facing beach of golden sand is considered by many as one of the best beaches in the South Hams area. Offshore lies the holed Thurlestone Rock that gave this area its name.

Very popular with families and with surfers, it has easy access from its own large car park and has a good range of facilities including toilets, a small café and a shop. The food provided by the 'Beachhouse' seafood and takeaway café is simple but effective. The establishment recently included in the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2015.

Surfin Sam Watersports provides a range of equipment for families to make the most of their time here: It offers windsurfers for children and adults, single and double kayaks, stand up paddle boards, wetsuits and buoyancy aids. Wetsuits can also be bought at the shop.

Lifeguards patrol South Milton Sands in high season from the first week in July until the first week in September. Swimming is good here and the shallow waters are great for paddling. However, always remember to take heed of any notices posted by the RNLI lifeguards in adverse weather conditions. There are also a good number of rockpools for youngsters to explore.

South Milton Sands lies within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the wetlands behind the beach are a designated SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest).

There are some fine walks along the South West Coast Path south towards the beaches of Hope Cove and Bolt Head, over Bolberry Down; or northwest to Thurlestone Sands, Lea's Foot Sand, Bantham and ultimately Bigbury-on-Sea.


 Flora and Fauna

 Sandy beach

 Cafe, shop or pub

 Dogs permitted

 Easily accessible

 Lifeguard in summer




OS Explorer Map OL20: South Devon

OS Explorer Map OL20: South Devon

This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.

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Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Hope Cove, Malborough, Salcombe and Kingsbridge.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:







Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:






Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Kingsbridge, Brixham, Paignton and Newton Abbot.

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