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Long sandy beach, rockpools and dunes with beautiful sunsets

One of the most popular beaches in the South Hams, the golden sands looks out over a bay of crystal clear waters framed by craggy rock formations including the iconic Thurlestone Rock.

Enjoy a relaxing family day on the beach exploring rock pools, beachcombing and taking a dip in the sea. The nearby wetland is home to many species and is an ideal place to spot rare migratory birds. For the more adventurous there are great wind surfing and kayaking opportunities in these sheltered waters.

The bay is also an ideal diving spot to witness the sunken wreck of the Louis Shied situated just off shore.

Cadbury Easter Egg Trail

2014 Cadbury Easter Egg Trail Logo

19 & 20 April 2014, 11am-3pm

Complete a set of fun challenges along the shore and pick up a yummy Cadbury's chocolate Egghead.

  • £2 per child
  • £4.50 parking (free NT members)
  • Bring your wellies

Beach house café

Situated right on the beach with spectacular views of Thurlestone Rock, start your day with a delicious breakfast butties or finish with a simple family supper. Cracked crab & moules marinare are the specialties.

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Stand up Paddle boarding at South Milton Sands

Dramatic storm damage

High tides and stormy seas at South Milton Sands

South Milton Sands features in this short clip from The Storms that Shook the Southwest shown on BBC 1.The film shows the dramatic Valentine's Day storms and their impact on the beach and dune system.

Working with nature

The storms earlier this year had a devastating impact on the landscape here. The dunes and track were badly damaged. The ranger team have laid a new boardwalk across the dunes and with thanks to the local community we have restored the road way between South Huish and South Milton.

South Devon ranger news

Putting in the new orientation panel at Wembury

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