Opening times for 4 December 2023
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The Beachhouse Café is a simple seafood and takeaway café. For up-to-date opening hours, please call 01548 561144. Please note that the café is owned but not managed by the National Trust.
Dogs are welcome all year round. However, please keep dogs under close control at all times and take dog waste away with you.
There are pay & scan machines in the car park. National Trust members park free (please scan your membership card and display the ticket). There is a charge for non-members of £6 from 1 Feb-31 Oct and £3 from 1 Nov-31 Jan. Please note if you are paying, the machine only accepts coins. You can also use PayByPhone via the app using the location code 803383.
Disabled parking spaces. Boardwalk ramps over dunes. Toilets but not accessible.
Car park for Blue Badge holders opposite The Beachhouse café and in main car park. Blue Badge holders park for free.
Access to the beach is via 2 wooden boardwalks or a concrete slipway. All of these end directly onto the sandy beach which is uneven and not suitable for wheelchairs. The South West Coast Path runs through the site leading off to the east to Hope Cove and to the West to Thurlestone. Both of these routes use grass and mud tracks and are very steep in places.
4 miles outside Kingsbridge. From Kingsbridge take the A381 towards Salcombe. Turn right to South Milton village, then turn left (signposted) to the beach. The car park is free for National Trust members. There is a charge for non-members. Please note, the approach road to the beach from the village of South Milton is a narrow lane with limited passing places. At peak times it can be heavily congested so we suggest visitors arrive before 10:30am and consider departing from the beach via the village of South Huish.
South Milton Sands can be reached by following the South West Coast Path in either direction.
The closest stations are Ivybridge 14 miles away and Totnes 17 miles away.
Buses to South Milton and Thurlestone run from Kingsbridge. The 606 TALLY HO! service runs from Kingsbridge on the hour, taking around 6 minutes and dropping passengers 1 mile outside of South Milton.
Take a look at the map of South Milton Sands to help plan your visit.
Find out about visiting South Milton Sands with your dog, from where you can and can’t take them, to the facilities available for dog owners. South Milton Sands is a one pawprint rated place.
A long sweep of golden sands and rock pools.
Migratory birds visit this wet meadow set back from the beach.
Follow the coast path to the pretty village of Hope Cove, enjoy some water sports or stay longer and enjoy some stargazing – there's something for everyone at South Milton Sands.
A cosy, quiet cottage in the woodland just behind Dartmouth Castle with glorious views of the river Dart, perfect for a peaceful, relaxing break.
A riverside cottage complete with rose climbing walls and a contemporary interior.
This popular beach - a long sweep of golden sand and rockpools - edges a sheltered bay of crystal clear waters and looks out over the iconic Thurlestone Rock archway.
The beach is a great spot for watching sunsets, or you can sit at the café and watch the birds and wildlife over the wetlands.
Winter storms are gradually reshaping the sand dunes along this stretch of coast.
Find out how the National Trust has been tackling coastal change over the decades at South Milton Sands in South Devon, from wooden piling sea defences to regenerating a dune system.
Working with our tenant farmers, we've been making improvements for nature and access between Bolt and Bolt Tail.