Things to see & do

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Winter wildlife

The wetlands behind the beach still see plenty of wildlife.

Large numbers of wildfowl can gather here in winter, including Wigeon, Teal, Mallard and Shoveler. Lapwing, Snipe and other waders stop to feed and shelter.

Onshore winds build during these months; coupled with the high tides this wild landscape can change dramatically.

Now the summer crowds have gone

Thurlestone rock on a winter’s day

Thurlestone rock on a winter’s day

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. As we move into autumn and winter you might have some of these places all to yourself.

South Milton Sands to Bantham

Other walks in the area

Something for everyone

  • A broad-clawed porcelain crab waiting in the rockpools © Paul Naylor

    Rock pools teeming with marine life

  • Thurlestone rock on a winter’s day © Mike Townsend/National Trust

    The dynamic and constantly changing coastline

  • Looking down at Hope Cove from Bolt Tail © Eric McDonald/National Trust

    Follow the coast path to the pretty village of Hope Cove

  • Making some wild art on the beach at Brownsea Island, Dorset © NTPL/John Millar

    Beachcomb and make your own wild art

  • Enjoy a take-a-way from the beach house at South Milton Sands © NTPL/John Parker/National Trust

    Drop in for coffee and cake or a delicious seafood lunch

  • Watching the sunset on Thurlestone rock  © NTPL/david

    One of the best places to catch a sunset or stay longer and enjoy some stargazing

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