Yarmer Sands

looking towards Bolt Tail

Bantham to Thurlestone

Take in the old haunts of Saxons and smugglers, lush coastline and glittering sea, then amble back through the green fields of South Devon.


Start Bantham beach car park, TQ7 3AN
Distance 3.5 miles
Circular Walk? Yes
Grade Moderate to Hard

Fairly even coastal footpath; surfaced roads; fields and footpaths.

Obstacles and steep gradients

2 stiles, 1 fairly steep climb and 1 steep descent

Public transport

See TravelineSW.

Refreshment stops

In Bantham and Thurlestone


Public toilets at Bantham beach car park and across the road near Leasfoot Sands, past the golf clubhouse


Private car park at Bantham beach. Charges apply.

OS map Explorer OL20
Grid reference SX665437


1. 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.

2. Follow the waymarked path alongside the golf course and past BroadSands and Yarmouth Sands.

3. When you reach Leasfoot Sands, turn left by the beach safety sign. Go past the golf clubhouse, and turn left onto the road up to Thurlestone.

4. 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).

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

6. 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.

7. Turn left at the Sloop Inn, and follow the road back to the car park.