Bantham to Thurlestone

A circular walk taking in the old haunts of Saxons and smugglers. Lush coastline and glittering sea, then amble back through the green fields of South Devon.

Technical sheet
No. 10049317
A Thurlestone walk posted on 02/06/21 by South Devon AONB. Update : 06/07/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h45[?]
Distance Distance : 3.24mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 322ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 325ft
Highest point Highest point : 213ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 7ft
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Thurlestone
Starting point Starting point : N 50.278368° / W 3.874231°
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(D/A) Follow the main track through the car park. This leads past the lifeguards’ hut and through a kissing gate onto the coast path signed for Thurlestone.

(1) Follow the waymarked path alongside the golf course and past BroadSands and Yarmouth Sands.

(2) When you reach Leas Foot Sand, turn left by the beach safety sign. Go past the golf clubhouse, and turn left onto the road up to Thurlestone.

(3) At the war memorial. leave the road and continue straight on along a track signed ‘Public Footpath Bantham 3/4 mile’.(Alternatively, you can take a short detour along the road to the right here for local facilities and refreshments).

(4) Cross over the stone stile beyond the church and follow the waymarked path across the fields and steeply down to the valley bottom.

(5) At a stile with a large granite block base, cut diagonally across the field to the left, then over another stile onto the path into Bantham.

(6) Turn left at the Sloop Inn, and follow the road back to the car park.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 39ft - Car park
1 : mi 0.56 - alt. 131ft - Waymarked path
2 : mi 1.83 - alt. 16ft - Leas Foot Sand
3 : mi 2.23 - alt. 138ft - War memorial
4 : mi 2.32 - alt. 164ft - Stone stile
5 : mi 2.75 - alt. 33ft - Large granite block base
6 : mi 2.99 - alt. 75ft - Sloop Inn
D/A : mi 3.24 - alt. 39ft - Car park

Useful Information

Start : Bantham beach car park, TQ7 3AN.
Terrain : Fairly even coastal footpath; surfaced roads; fields and footpaths.
Parking : Bantham beach car park, charge on entry.
Public transport : Buses to Thurlestone, see
Refreshments : Bantham and Thurlestone.
Toilets : Bantham beach car park and Thurlstone.

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