The South Hams coastline is lined with an array of vast sandy beaches and pebbled coves, Thurlestone has two main beaches. There is a smaller one next to Thurlestone Golf Club and a larger beach further along the coast towards South Milton. Both beaches are sheltered and the waters are shallow enough for the kids to splash about in. They are perfect for a relaxing day, or as a starting point for exploring the South West Coast Path.
Thurlestone is the perfect location if you just want to relax and enjoy unspoilt surroundings. It is part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has won an award from the Marine Conservation Society thanks to its clear, clean waters. But to give you a little extra peace of mind there are lifeguards on duty between May and September. While you’re there, take the time to check out Thurlestone Rock, an ancient arch-shaped formation that was immortalised by Turner and is best seen at high tide.
There are plenty of things to do in Thrulestone other than going to the beach, for children there is Pennywell Farm and the Woodlands Theme Park nearby as well as Crabbing in Salcombe. You sail or can hire a boat, go Kayaking or surfing, maybe enjoy some shopping or eating out at one of the local restaurants.
Thurlestone is also home to one of the most beautiful Golf courses in the South West of England. Along the stunning coastline of Bigbury Bay, the Harry Colt designed course is a mix of links and cliff-top terrain with the latter providing breath-taking views of the legendary Thurlestone Rock.