Thurlestone offers the visitor two sheltered sandy beaches to choose from. Leasefoot, the smaller of the two lies next to Thurlestone Golf Club, while the larger Thurlestone Sands is just along the coast, closer to South Milton. Thurlestone Sands is a popular location for a wide variety of watersports.

Because Thurlestone Sands is accessed via a single-track road, it is relatively remote and does not get the crowds that are usual on equivalent Devon beaches.  The beaches lie in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and it’s easy to see why.  They have a distinctly rural feel, and children will love splashing about in the clear shallow water at the shoreline. Care does however need to be taken further out to sea as signs here warn of dangerous rip-tides, currents and sudden shelving.

A notable feature at Thurlestone Sands is the famous Thurlestone Rock- an arched natural rock formation lying just off the rocks at one end of the beach.  This is best viewed at high tide.  The rocky outcrops flanking the beach provide shelter to the main beach area and expose some interesting rockpools at low tide.

This piece is part of my line and gold leaf collection of our favourite towns, village and beaches in Devon, Dorset and Cornwall. I used a black ballpoint pen to draw the lines and Schlag gold leaf to emphasise the two beaches.





  • Matthew J. Kavanagh, 'Thurlestone Beach (South Milton Sands'

    Ballpoint Pen & Schlag Gold Leaf on board.

    Edition: 1 of 1

    Dimensions: 103 x 73cm (Framed).

    Made in Italy from solid wood, the picture frame is a clean-lined, contemporary design that can be hung portrait or landscape. The frame has a matt finish and is available in a black or white. The frame sits 1.5cm from the wall and the width of the frame is 2cm. 

    • For photo size: 70 X 100cm/28 X 39inch. 
    • Size H103, W73, D1.5cm. 
    • Wall mounted. 
    • Wood frame. 

    Hand signed.

    For any enquiries about my original artwork please contact me.