Part 3 of our local beach tour looks at Thurlestone Sands.
There are two main beaches at Thurlestone – the smaller is by the Golf club, whilst the larger a little further along the coast towards South Milton. Both have a fine, shingle sand and sheltered waters.
The South Milton end has views out into the bay where the famous Thurlestone Rock stands majestically,
Thurlestone Sands is unspoiled by lots of extra facilities, but South Milton does have the convenience of toilets, cafe/kiosk and watersports hire in season. Swimming is a delight on these beaches and there is a lifeguard in the summer season on South Milton Sands. Dogs are permitted on these beaches, and they are as lovely to visit to wander along as they are to set-up camp for a day of sunbathing and swimming.
After the biggest Storm we’ve had in years (and a somewhat sleepless night for us), it was time for us all to enjoy the glorious outdoors again, with families playing tennis today and us replacing a few roof slates so we’re back to normal and so lucky! The local roads are all open and the South Hams has weathered the Storm very well, thankfully!
We’re fine! Flear Farm is open for business and we glad to report in excellent condition despite the unprecedented weather! Being set amongst the rolling hills of classic English Countryside is not only romantic, we’re finding out that it is very practical too. The winds are greatly reduced here as we’re protected by the hills around, and the amazing amount of rain that has caused so much chaos to other parts of the country is very efficiently carried quickly out to Sea by our rivers – including our very own river here at Flear that has been working hard and very successfully these past few weeks.
The rail lines have been hit hard but the roads in and out of South Devon are very accessible and are largely unaffected once you’re in the South Hams.
Today’s beach is Bantham. This bay has a huge sandy beach especially at low tide. The slope down to the water is so slight that you can wade out several hundred yards and still be only waist deep and as such the water is glorious.
This is a great choice for swimming, the long sandy bay heats up nicely at low tide so the water is warmer for swimming and the bay is quite well sheltered, although there are full-time lifeguards on duty, keeping a general eye on things.
There is an excellent beachside cafe/restaurant that also does an early supper for those who have early bedtimes…
With Spring and Summer in mind, Camilla and I were thinking of all the lovely beach days we had last year with the family. We are so blessed with the surrounding beaches, bays and coves on our doorstep, that we thought we’d mention our favourites. Today it’s Bigbury…
Bigbury looking West
With it’s sandy beaches, lots of space and panoramic views, Bigbury has such a lot of variety that you could visit every day for a week and still be finding a fresh view or a new aspect to love about it.
Burgh Island, with it’s famous Art Deco hotel, Gastro-pub and summit picnic area, is simply charming – and reachable either as a walk across the beach at low-tide, or by a ride on the famous, and slightly bizarre, Sea Tractor at high-tide! It’s a great place to come to spread out, to have a swim, or get active with the family as there is good sand-castle sand!