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Thurlestone Rock, from which the village takes its name.
Thurlestone shown within Devon
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The village takes its name from Thurlestone Rock, the so-called "thirled stone", an arch-shaped rock formation just offshore in Thurlestone Bay.
The village's All Saints church is built of the dark grey local slate. The chancel is early 13th century; the remainder of the church 15th and 16th century.
Thurlestone Marsh (grid reference SX675423) is one of three small wetlands south of the of village (South Milton Ley and South Huish Marsh are the others). It is formed where a small unnamed stream flows through low-lying flat farmland just inland from Leas Foot Sand, a small beach just to the southwest of the village.
The site consists of a number of reed-fringed pools.
Some companies rent out self-catering houses, as an alternative to staying in the hotel, in the village. About 60% of houses in the village are rented out at some time in the year.
Shops and accommodation
Thurlestone has some retail and accommodation, they include:
- A large hotel
- An inn
- An artist
- A church
In 2002, a 30-year-old female Pygmy Sperm Whale was washed up on Thurlestone Beach.
2005 saw two significant ornithological events (Devon Bird Report 2005):
- In late March and early April, a flock of 68 Garganey was offshore in the bay - the second largest flock ever to be recorded in Britain (the largest was a flock of 120 in Kent in the 1950s).
- In August, a Least Sandpiper, a North American vagrant shorebird only recorded once in Devon previously, was present on Thurlestone Marsh.
There is a walk from the main village to Bantham and another walk to Salcombe going through Hope Cove . Both of these are along the headland. There are also a numerous amount of walks to nearby beaches and villages.