Slapton Ley Nature Reserve
Slapton Ley Nature Reserve, is a large fresh water lake next to Slapton Sands. Only the beach & a road stop the sea encroaching in to the Ley.
Many bird watchers come here, they have hides around the lake to view the wildlife. There is also Slapton Ley Field Centre, which is an educational centre who do courses about the Ley.
- National/State Park
At the far east end of Slapton Sands is Pilchard Cove, this sandy area of beach has been a nudist beach for over 60 years.
Park at the Strete Gate Carpark & head along the beach away from Torcross.
The far end of the beach at Pilchard cove is known as a meeting place for gay men.
Have a wander along the seafront & around the tiny village. I think there are only 3 or 4 shops here.
Every winter the houses along the front get a hammering from the rough seas, which is why there is a huge retaining wall. The next village along, Hallsands was taken by the sea in 1917 during a particularly violent storm.
Operation Tiger Memorial
Near the Tank there are 2 memorials to Operation Tiger, when ever I have been there have always been flowers placed here. Enlarge the photo & hopefully it is readable.
Both memorials tell the story of events.
- Historical Travel
This WW2 tank has been a memorial here for a good few years now & there are always poppies & flowers laid here. It is the norm to hear American accents in the season at the memorial tank.
There is usually someone selling books & videos about the tragic events of 1944.
- Historical Travel
The beach at Slapton is HUGE, both wide & a couple of miles long. The western end is the village of Torcross, with cafes, pub, hotel & village shop.
At the eastern end is a carpark & usually an icecream van. Slapton a pebbly beach so not sure where the "Sands" came from! The drop in to the sea is very steep. It really is not suitable for children, but great for adults. Watch out for the strong undercurrents here though.
The beach here is so big, it never gets too busy. Walk more than 150 meters from the car park & you are usually on your own.
- Family Travel