Things to see & do

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Big Night Out returns

13 September  4-10pm

Join the rangers and South Devon AONB team for an evening of activities on the beach. Have a go at rockpooling, stargazing, watersports (small charge) and much more.

Follow the South West Coast Path

South Milton Sands is part of a beautiful stretch of coast; follow the South West Coast Path to discover secluded sandy coves and jagged cliffs.

South Milton Sands to Bantham

Don't miss:

  • Rock pools teeming with marine life
  • The crystal clear waters of this sheltered bay, ideal for water sports
  • The dynamic and constantly changing coastline
  • A snack at the beachside café looking out to sea
  • Rare migratory birds resting in the wetland
  • Follow the coast path to the villages of Hope Cove or Thurlestone


Please note that a life guard is stationed at South Milton Sands only during the summer season.

Find out more about beach safety information.

Hire equipment

Stand up Paddle boarding at South Milton Sands

Wetsuits, kayaks and paddle boards can be hired in peak season from the South Milton Sands car park or you can contact:

  • Diventure Salcombe 01548843663 or 07974910878
  • Salcombe Scuba  01548 843243

Get inspired

Discover ship wrecks beneath the waves at South Milton Sands

We've found all these great short clips of film on You Tube exploring the waters around South Milton Sands. Thanks to everyone who has posted them!

Snorkelling Thurlestone

Diving the Louis Sheid

Seal Eye view of Thurlestone Reef

Beautiful wetland

This area provides an important refuge for breeding and wintering waterbirds and also for migrating birds in the spring and autumn. Water levels are controlled by sluices and outlet pipes, and seasonal light grazing with cattle maintains a traditional balance of meadow grasses and flowers.

Tide times

Plan your trip in advance by checking the tide times. Tide times are available from the nearest measurement point (Salcombe).

Please note that all times are predictions.

Summer wildlife

Swallows and house martins gather mud to build their nests nearby. Summer has begun and there is new life to discover in the wetlands and in the rockpools.