Things to see & do

This section of the page features an image gallery, so if you're using a screen reader you may wish to jump to the main content.

Rockpooling at South Milton Sands, South Devon © NTPL/Ben Selway

Rockpooling at South Milton Sands, South Devon

This place rocks

The rock pools here are fabulous. Download the Devon Wildlife's marine spotters guide (pdf) and check out the tide times. We'd love to know what you find. 

In the summer holidays we are running a couple of rock pooling events on Wednesdays 29 July and 12 August. Also don't miss the Scavenger Hunt on 26 August. They all start at 11am and finish at 1pm and are free.

Something for everyone

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

    Rock pools teeming with marine life

  • 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

  • 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

Dive or a snorkle?

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

Come and canoe on the estuary

Taking to the water on the Salcombe Estuary

Taking to the water on the Salcombe Estuary

Join the rangers and Singing Paddles for some canoeing fun on the Salcombe and Kingsbridge estuary. 

Get close to nature and discover hidden coves and amazing wildlife. Enjoy paddling in  Canadian canoes under the expert guidance of Dave Halsall from Singing Paddles. The two hour trips are ideal for beginners. We are running trips on 25 May and 25 July

Dave runs trips almost all year round to find out more visit his website.


Celebrating coast

This is a year of celebration - we are taking part in South West Coastal Festival to mark a 50 year milestone in the conservation of the coast.

Over 300 miles of the South West coast is protected by the National Trust, largely thanks to the Neptune campaign - set up 50 years ago.