Bantham to Thurlestone

bantham to thurlestone

“The Books” off Thurlestone Sand by Crispin Purdye, CC BY-SA 2.0 | Wikimedia Commons 

This is a moderate 3.5 mile circular beach walk, with stunning views. Starting at the Bantham beach car park, follow the main track past the lifeguards’ hut.  Go through a kissing gate onto the coast path signed for Thurlestone.

You will be able to follow the path alongside the golf course past Broad Sands and Yarmouth Sands. At the point when you reach Leasfoot Sands, go left by the beach safety sign.

Then past the golf clubhouse, turning left onto the road up to Thurlestone. When you reach the war memorial leave the road and continue straight along a track. This track is sign posted ‘Public Footpath Bantham 3/4 mile’.

In front of you beyond the church, you will see a stone stile. Cross over the stone stile and follow the path across the fields. You will be going on a steep drop down to the bottom of the valley. When you reach the stile that has a large granite block at its base, cut across the field going diagonally to the left. You then need to climb over another stile onto the path and into Bantham.

When you reach the Sloop Inn turn left, and follow the road back to the car park.  Or alternatively, stop there and have a well earned rest, perhaps a swift half a pint, or even stop for lunch if you have time. You could also visit Bantham Stores which has a small coffee shop, and is 100 meters up the hill through the village from the Sloop Inn.

I hope you throughly enjoy this walk, please let me know how you get on. Tell me what you think by posting your comments below. Why don’t you Share this with your friends and family by clicking the Facebook icon or follow us on Twitter?

Carole LangmanAbout the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.

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