Thurlestone Sands Beach (aka South Milton Sands)

Thurlestone Sands is a fine, shingle sandy beach and sheltered waters. The southern part is also known as South Milton Sands.

This beach is very much the beach that time forgot, a family beach for traditional beach activities and games; just relax and play amongst the rock pools. You can occasionally get a south-westerly swell which produces some big surf.

Just off the beach is Thurlestone Rock, a natural arc that gives the town its name.

The town itself is full of thatched cottages and behind the beach, you have fields and a National Trust nature reserve.

Facilities at the beach include a car park, cafe, shops, toilets, and lifeguards in the summer.

Dog Friendly Beach?

Thurlestone Sands Beach is dog friendly and allows dogs all year.
Thurlestone Sands Beach is dog friendly and allows dogs all year.

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 96 beaches in Devon, or check our list of Devon Dog Friendly Beaches.

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Place Category: Beaches

Thurlestone Sands Beach Water Quality

Water samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:
  - Excellent: the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
  - Good: generally good water quality
  - Sufficient: meets minimum standards
  - Poor: You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 10.4℃ to 11℃ with wind speed 4.6 m/sec (S)
Thursday, Mar 30rain
Expect a temp in the range 9.9℃ to 10.5℃ with wind speed 11.7 m/sec (WSW)
Friday, Mar 31rain
Expect a temp in the range 10.1℃ to 10.5℃ with wind speed 16.9 m/sec (SSW)
Saturday, Apr 01cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 8.5℃ to 9.5℃ with wind speed 8.4 m/sec (WNW)
Sunday, Apr 02cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 8.7℃ to 9.4℃ with wind speed 6.6 m/sec (NW)
Monday, Apr 03fair_night
Expect a temp in the range 5.3℃ to 6.5℃ with wind speed 3.1 m/sec (NNE)
Tuesday, Apr 04cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 3.4℃ to 4.3℃ with wind speed 2.6 m/sec (N)

Thurlestone weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK

Thurlestone Sands Beach Tide Times

Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to Thurlestone Sands Beach is at Salcombe 7.25 km (4.51 miles) away. Tides are displayed beneath for up to 7 days and we list both high and low water times along with the height.

Wed 29 Mar
   Low Tide at 04:23 (Height 2.00m)
   High Tide at 10:31 (Height 3.97m)
   Low Tide at 16:45 (Height 2.09m)
   High Tide at 23:04 (Height 4.03m)
Thu 30 Mar
   Low Tide at 05:15 (Height 2.30m)
   High Tide at 11:33 (Height 3.72m)
   Low Tide at 17:50 (Height 2.34m)
Fri 31 Mar
   High Tide at 00:23 (Height 3.87m)
   Low Tide at 06:42 (Height 2.48m)
   High Tide at 13:28 (Height 3.64m)
   Low Tide at 19:38 (Height 2.42m)
Sat 01 Apr
   High Tide at 02:05 (Height 3.91m)
   Low Tide at 08:46 (Height 2.35m)
   High Tide at 15:01 (Height 3.84m)
   Low Tide at 21:12 (Height 2.20m)
Sun 02 Apr
   High Tide at 03:20 (Height 4.15m)
   Low Tide at 09:48 (Height 2.02m)
   High Tide at 16:05 (Height 4.16m)
   Low Tide at 22:06 (Height 1.88m)
Mon 03 Apr
   High Tide at 04:16 (Height 4.45m)
   Low Tide at 10:31 (Height 1.66m)
   High Tide at 16:54 (Height 4.49m)
   Low Tide at 22:47 (Height 1.58m)
Tue 04 Apr
   High Tide at 05:01 (Height 4.73m)
   Low Tide at 11:08 (Height 1.34m)
   High Tide at 17:34 (Height 4.76m)
   Low Tide at 23:25 (Height 1.32m)

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