Thurlstone coast path

looking towards Burgh Island

Bantham to Thurlestone: Trade and Settlement

Cultural Trail: Trade & Settlement. This walk is part of a series of themed trails to help you learn more about the landscape around you. Other trail themes include - Coast & Conflict; Man & the Landscape; Colourful Landscape.


Start Bantham beach car park
Distance 3.5 miles
Circular Walk? Yes
Grade Moderate

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

Obstacles and steep gradients

6 stiles; 1 fairly steep climb; 1 steep descent.


Route from Bantham to Leasfoot Sand suitable for ambulate disabled users as a linear route. Parking at either end.

Public transport

Bus service 162 from Kingsbridge to Thurlestone. From the bus stop in Thurlestone, pick up route at Instruction 4 by war memorial. For information on public transport in South Hams please call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or visit

Refreshment stops

Village Inn, Thurlestone 01548 563525. Freehouse that has been owned by the same family for over a century. Seasonal menu with seafood specialities. Children and dogs welcome.

Sloop Inn, Bantham 01548 560489. Thatched inn serving drinks, along with a menu including seafood, local meats, and homemade desserts.


Public toilets at Bantham Sand car park, and across the road near Leasfoot Sand.


Bantham Sand car park. Pay attendant.


Please contact Kingsbridge Tourist Information Centre 01548 853195 or visit

Other facilities

Public payphones and village stores just off route in Thurlestone and Bantham.

OS map Explorer OL20
Grid reference SX665437


1. Follow main track through car park.  This leads past lifeguards' hut and through kissing gate onto the coast path signed for Thurlestone.

2. Follow waymarked coast path alongside the golf course and past Broad Sand and Yarmouth Sand beaches.

3. At Leasfoot Sand, turn left by the beach safety sign.  Past the golf clubhouse, turn left along the road up to Thurlestone.

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

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

6. At stile with large granite block base, cut diagonally across field to left, then over another stile onto path into Bantham.

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



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