The village of Thurlestone takes it's name from Thurlestone Rock, the so-called "thirled stone", a pierced rock in the shape of a natural arch. This namesake of the village and parish has weathered countless centuries of harsh ocean tides and storms and is just offshore in Thurlestone Bay off Thurlestone Sands.

As well as Thurlestone Rock, there is also Thurlestone Marsh, one of three small wetlands south of the of village, with South Milton Ley, the second largest reed bed in Devon & a Site of Special Scientific Interest that is wonderful for bird watchers, while the South Milton Sands provides a great place to snorkel and to explore the rock pools.and South Huish Marsh being the others.

Thurlestone is also known for its proximity to numerous nature walks, with the Heritage Coastal Path running through Thurlestone which is a gateway to hundreds of miles of trails offering magnificent views.


Dogs are allowed at Bantham all year round; however, restrictions do apply between May 1st and September 30th. During these months, dogs are not allowed on the main beach. Dogs are always permitted on the beach beside the estuary, which at low tide can extend to many acres. The dog beach is difficult to access at high tide.


There is a seasonal ferry crossing the river Avon, running from Bantham slipway to Cockleridge Ham (Bigbury-on-sea). Dates from May to September Times 10.00 - 11.00 - 15.00 - 16.00 (Except Sundays).

The Gastrobus

The Gastrobus is situated in the Bantham Beach car park and serves delicious, locally sourced food, gourmet burgers, freshly made baps, great coffee and freshly baked cakes, yummy ice creams, and a selection of cool drinks. Open Daily from 10am - 7pm (weather permitting).

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