Walk - Bantham to Thurlestone
3.2 miles (5.2 km)
Bantham Beach Car Park - TQ7 3AJ Bantham Beach Car Park
Moderate - Fairly even Coast Path, surfaced road, fields and footpath.
With its sandy beach and clean surf, as well as its delightful views across the water to Burgh Island, Bantham is a popular hideaway holiday spot for the rich and famous. Some of the thatched cottages in the picturesque villages en route date from the sixteenth century, and there are tales of Vikings and smugglers, but archaeologists have found that the settlements here go right back to the Stone Age. A good walk in spring, when the bright air is full of the song of newly-arrived migrants such as stonechats and wheatears, and colonies of fulmars nest above the shoreline. In autumn look out for the arrival of the winter residents, such as plovers, and unusual gulls, especially on a windy day. It is a delightful walk for children, who will love the beach and the dunes.
Thurlestone is a dog-friendly beach. Have a look at our Top Dog Walks on the South West Coast Path for more dog-friendly beaches and pubs.