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Thurlestone Beach & South Devon Attractions

A Village by the Sea

Thurlestone is one of Devon's most famous coastal villages and Thurlestone Beach is just on the edge of the historic centre, close to the picturesque old stone and thatched buildings, the church, a traditional inn, post office and the famous hotel and restaurant.

There are many other beaches to explore along this beautiful coastline, ideal for water sports enthusiasts, and local waters are generally sheltered and safe so families can play and relax. There are plenty of local South Devon attractions within easy reach. Once you've been to Thurlestone you'll want to come back again and again!

Places to Visit in Thurlestone

Thurlestone Beach Thurlestone Beach
There are many beaches to explore along this beautiful coastline including Thurlestone Beach and Thurlestone Sands, ideal for water sports enthusiasts. Local waters are generally sheltered and safe so families can also play and relax. Activities close to Thurlestone beaches are available including; windsurfing, surfing, horse riding, sea and course fishing, canoeing, tennis and Scuba diving, to name just a few.
Thurlestone Beach The Heritage Coastal Path
The Heritage Coastal Path runs through Thurlestone and is the gateway to hundreds of miles of walking for those who enjoy rambling in this beautiful landscape.
Thurlestone Thatched Cottages Thurlestone Village
The historic centre of Thurlestone Village features picturesque old stone and thatched buildings, the church, a traditional inn, a post office and the famous hotel and restaurant.
Thurlestone Inn The Local Inn at Thurlestone
You'll find a warm welcome at the local inn at Thurlestone. It has great character, the people are friendly and the beer and food are fantastic.
Golf at Thurlestone Beach Thurlestone Hotel & Country Club Golf Course
Golf is a major part of the local scene, with the Thurlestone Hotel & Country Club's course, and a private golf club.
Other Places Within Easy Reach
Bantham Bantham
Bantham is renowned for its “chocolate box” image of thatched cottages leading down to the sea and offers one of the best sandy beaches in the area, affording a superb view over to Burgh Island. A ‘must’ for any visitor is the village’s award-winning pub.
Hope Cove Hope Cove
Hope Cove is a delightful village, which is not only nestled within a green valley but boasts two sheltered beaches. The cove was originally a fishing and crabbing village and fishing from the rocks continues to be enjoyed by many.
Bigbury Bay and Burgh Island Bigbury Bay and Burgh Island
The village of Bigbury boasts a delightful pub, village stores and golf course. An enjoyable trip, for adults and children alike, is the highly popular tractor trip which takes passengers across to Burgh Island or for those who enjoy a bracing stroll you can walk across, when the tide permits.
Salcombe Harbour Salcombe
The lovely harbour of Salcombe is close by and is famous for it's sailing and boating community. You can take a ferry from Salcombe across the estuary to the local sheltered bays and coves and have a day discovering the beautiful coastline of South Devon. Salcombe has great restaurants, pubs, galleries and boutiques to explore - something for everyone!
Kingsbridge Kingsbridge
Kingsbridge is a bustling market town with twice weekly markets on the quayside and monthly Farmers’ markets. There’s a host of individual shops up the narrow, steep Fore Street, which are definitely worth a browse.
Modbury Modbury
Dating back to the 8th century, the three steep streets which make up this little town of Modbury, will reward any visitor. The streets are lined with old fashioned teashops, art galleries and antique shops. The church of St George, built in 1300, is very impressive.
Newton Ferrers Newton Ferrers
Newton Ferrers and its twin village of Noss Mayo lie on either side of the River Yealm Estuary. It is a place with beautiful steep wooded banks and creeks. The village hill leads down past the shops to a delightful old pub. Here the locals and the visiting yachtsmen gather on the river's edge away from the hurly-burly burly of Plymouth city just ten miles distant.
Noss Mayo Noss Mayo
The village of Noss Mayo boasts two excellent pubs offering a traditional atmosphere and ales. The village has a ferry and there are opportunities for windsurfing and fishing along with a beautiful coastal walk.
Torcross Torcross
The enchanting village of Torcross, sited in Start Bay, has a famous artist’s colony and is well worth a visit. Its first class array of pubs offer excellent cuisine.
Slapton Ley Slapton
Slapton has to be on the list of places to visit for anyone interested in WW2, as Slapton is famous for being used as a practice area by the Americans for the Normandy invasion. One exercise went tragically wrong and almost 800 servicemen lost their lives. A Sherman tank stands at Torcross as a tribute to those who lost their lives on that fateful day and an obelisk has also been erected, by the USA, a little way in from the beach.


Dartmouth Castle Dartmouth
With over 30 restaurants and 14 bars, Dartmouth is an excellent place to visit for those who enjoy dining out. It is also excellent for sight-seeing with its quaint narrow streets and ancient buildings. The mild south Devon climate means that the area is home to many unusual and exotic blooms. Local produce is plentiful with fish, wines, ciders and, of course, clotted cream topping the menu!
Dartmoor Dartmoor
Dartmoor, with its 365 square miles of natural beauty, needs little introduction. This national park of high moorlands and sheltered valleys offers the visitor a stunning array of attractions and places to visit. It is a haven of peace and tranquillity.
General Attractions & Activities

In the surrounding area of South Devon, there are art galleries and exhibitions, craft markets, open air theatre and amateur theatrical shows, live music, open air concerts on the band stand, choral concerts and popular artistes in many of the pubs.

Wildlife - Whale Watching

In the nearby Kingsbridge Estuary and just out to sea, porpoises, dolphins and whales can often be seen. The area is rich in birdlife including cirl bunting, egrets, peregrines, sparrowhawks and buzzards. There are also plenty of places around with farm animals to touch and feed, wild animals to wonder at – penguins and sea lions or tigers and snakes, fabulous fish or scary sharks.

Devon Gardens & Flora Gardens
There are many gardens in the nearby South Devon areas including; tropical or English country, cliffside or woodland, riverside or formal, or a little on the wild side.

There are many sports activities close to Thurlestone including; windsurfing, surfing, horse riding, sea and course fishing, canoeing, tennis and Scuba diving, to name just a few.

Family attractions Family Attractions
In nearby areas you'll find plenty of other attractions for all the family including; steam trains and river boats, caves and water slides, a model village and museum, vineyards, horse riding and tennis.
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