We can’t think of a more relaxing way to relax and enjoy the stunning scenery than a good old stomp along the local tracks and trails. Thurlestone sits between Hope Cove and Bantham along the Southwest Coast path. A great starting point for exploring the rugged and beautiful coastline of South Devon with many of the villages and beaches within easy reach. Don’t forget to pack your towel and swim stuff and take a dip enroute.
We’ve selected a few of our favourite trails to set you off on the right foot and point out some lunchtime stopovers so you can refuel and refresh…
Thurlestone to Bantham & The River Avon
5.1 miles (8.1 km) Circular walk starting and finishing in Thurlestone or Bantham
This moderate walk meanders through woodlands with its birds and flowers, fields, quiet country lanes and tracks. The River Avon with its oyster beds (home to the annual ‘Swoosh’ swim which is held every July) is totally unspoilt. Continue along the unspoilt shoreline at Stiddicombe Creek to the village of Bantham (recommend lunch at the 14thC smugglers’ pub, The Sloop), down to Bantham Sands and along the coast heading back to Thurlestone.
Check out the route here. If you’re starting the walk from Bantham follow from point 1 on the route. Starting from Thurlestone, use point 6 to begin your walk.
Thurlestone to Bantham
3.2 miles (5.2 km) Circular walk
Circular walk starting and finishing in Thurlestone. This moderate walk showcases one of the most beautiful stretches of the South Hams with its undulating coastline from the headland of Bantham Ham (the site of a prehistoric
settlement), the dunes and surf of Bantham Beach and along to quieter sheltered Leasfoot Sand at the edge of the Thurlestone golf course.
Check out the route here. Starting at the memorial outside the church in Thurlestone, pick up the directions from point 4 on the route.
Thurlestone to Hope Cove, Bolt Tail & Bolberry Down
10 miles (16 km) Starting and finishing in Thurlestone
This circular walk is a bit more of a stretch. Starting from Thurlestone, head down to the coastal path, past the golf course and walk in an easterly direction with the sea on your right. Follow the path over the wooden bridge and the South Milton Ley. Continue past the Beach House Cafe and along the coastline until approach Hope Cove, you’ll reach a cluster of smart apartments on your left. Follow the path downhill towards the beach at Outer Hope and the Hope and Anchor pub on your right (we recommend the lunches!) Pick up the route on to Bolt Tail and Bolberry Down