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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.

Working with nature

Wind swept at South Milton Sands

Wind swept at South Milton Sands

The storms earlier last year had a devastating impact on the landscape here.The dunes and track were badly damaged. The track was repaired and gradually the dunes are starting to rebuild again. Visit us this winter to see for yourself how this beautiful stretch of coast can dramatically change with the weather.

By the wind sailors

Maybe you’ll see an interesting jelly fish such as this By the Wind Sailor

These beautiful little chaps are being washed up onto the beach in the strong winds. They are By-The-Wind-Sailors (Velella velalla) a colonial hydroid (related to jellyfish) up to 10cm in length little tentacle hang down from the disc to catch food. The little 'sail' can run from north-west to south-east on the disc or south-west to north-east meaning they move in different directions in the wind to help prevent large strandings.

Open everyday

Enjoy a take-a-way from the beach house at South Milton Sands

Our beach house café is getting fab reviews:

  • 'A jewel that I don't wish to tell anyone about in case they take our table on the next visit'
  • 'By far the best place to eat in Devon'

Check out Trip Advisor for more info

On the water

Stand up Paddle boarding at South Milton Sands

Ranger news

Putting in the new orientation panel at Wembury

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