Thurlestone South


Thurlestone South
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

Thurlestone South is towards South Milton. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), this beach has quite coarse sand with rocky outcrops and plenty of rockpools to explore at low tide. The most prominent feature is the famous Thurlstone Rock, best seen at high tide.


There is a smashing little cafe on the beach. Popular activities include swimming, snorkeling, diving, windsurfing and surfing. There is also a smashing little cafe on the beach. There is no zoning for water sports.

Wildlife and Walks

The South West Coast Path crosses the beach. There are some good rockpools on the beach at low tide. Next to the beach, there is some interesting bird life in the marshes and reed beds.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, 15th May to 30th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency
More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office

Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

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Facilities at Thurlestone South

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins



There is a National Trust Car park by the beach - a charge applies.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned manually and daily during the summer by the council.



Dates and times

Service provided by

RLNI - More information about dates and times

Please ensure you read beach notice boards for any changes to lifeguard service. Please see safety tab for more information on beach safety.