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Things to see and do at South Milton Sands

Child with a net explores rockpools at South Milton Sands, Devon
Exploring rockpools at South Milton Sands | © National Trust Images / Ben Selway

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.

The beach at South Milton Sands

Spend a relaxing day on one of the most popular beaches in the South Hams. There’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained, from building sandcastles to sunbathing on the golden sands. Explore the rock pools teeming with marine life or take a cooling dip in the sea.

Water sports

The wide sheltered bay at South Milton Sands is perfect for a spot of paddleboarding or windsurfing. Jump into a canoe or kayak and see if you can navigate your way through Thurlestone Rock.

Surfin' Sam Watersports provides equipment to make the most of the beautiful beach here. For more information, please visit their website: Surfin' Sam Watersports.

A snorkeller in a long sleeve wetsuit partly submerged in the water with the coastline visible in the distance.
A snorkeller partly submerged at South Milton Sands | © National Trust Images/ Ben Selway


Check the tide times and discover an amazing underwater world as the sea goes out. The pools here are teeming with life such as limpets, sea anemones, crabs and starfish. See what you can find hiding among the rocks.

The Beachhouse café

This charming seafood café and takeaway is merely yards from the beach. Serving a range of snacks, light lunches and evening meals, the café specialises in fresh, locally sourced seafood.

Bucket and spade on the beach at South Milton Sands, Devon

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