Slapton Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
    by EasyMalc
  • Things to Do
    by EasyMalc

Slapton Things to Do

  • Stokenham

    Heading in the direction of Kingsbridge, the next village after Torcross is Stokenham. There’s not much of a reason to stop here except for the fact there are a couple of enticing pubs that might attract your attention. Assuming you don’t want to try out both at the same time which one should you choose?They are both very old pubs, but quite...

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  • Torcross and Slapton Ley

    Slapton Ley is the largest natural freshwater lake in south west England and is only separated from the sea by the shingle bar that runs along Slapton Line.This National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest is owned by the Whitley Wildlife and Conservation Trust and managed by the Field Studies Council which runs an educational...

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  • Slapton Village

    Slapton village is just off the main Slapton Line (as the road is called that runs along the shore), and although it’s only a short distance up the lane the question has to be asked whether it’s worth the detour.It all depends on how much time you have available of course because it’s only a tiny village with not much to see. If I’m being honest...

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  • Slapton Sands

    If you hear any local talking about the Slapton Line they’re not talking about a railway but the road that connects the villages of Strete and Torcross. This road separates the English Channel from the freshwater lake of Slapton Ley, and if you’ve ever driven along this scenic mile long stretch of road, it won’t come as any surprise to learn that...

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  • 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.

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  • Nudist beach

    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.

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  • Torcross Village

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • Memorial Tank

    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.

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Slapton Restaurants

  • Beesands Seafood Shack/Cafe

    The Britannia @ The Beach is known as ‘The Shack’ and for a very good reason - that’s exactly what it is.If you like seafood then this is a great alternative to the Cricket Inn. Whereas the Cricket has fine dining in a modern dining room, the Shack offers great food in more humble surroundings. Admittedly it might not be everyone’s idea of an...

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  • Likeable out of the way beachside...

    Slapton Sands doesn’t really stop at Torcross, it’s just the road that does. The A379 cuts inland and makes a direct approach towards Kingsbridge. If you look at a map of the area you’ll see that just the other side of Torcross is Beesands, which if you’re walking is no distance at all, but if you’re driving it makes for an out of the way detour -...

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  • Fishy Food

    This 14th century thatched pub is always busy, which is recommendation in itself. My family have eaten here so many times over the past 20 years. The decor inside is nothing special just a traditional pub, but they do a great range in local sea food, get here early if you want a table!Not great for veggies, If I remember rightly I ended up with...

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Slapton Transportation

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    by freya_heaven Written Jul 29, 2004

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    There are 5 buses a day to Slapton/Torcross from Dartmouth to Slapton and also 5 a day from Plymouth.

    Not a great service, but this is Devon! Check you dont miss the last bus it wont be a late on 6ish in the evening.

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Slapton Warnings and Dangers

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    by freya_heaven Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The beach shelves away very sharply here at times, dependent on the tide you only need to be 2 or 3 meters from the shore & will be out of your depth.

    This beach is really not recommended for children. Only a couple of miles down the coast is a perfect beach for children, Blackpools Sands.

    Slapton Shore
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Slapton Off The Beaten Path

  • Start Point

    If I were to jump off the fence and name my favourite part of the South Devon coastline I think I would say Start Point.This exposed peninsula that juts almost a mile out to sea has seen its fair share of shipwrecks, which is why it was decided to build a lighthouse here back in 1836. For those of you who would like to visit the lighthouse you’ll...

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  • Hallsands

    One of the main reasons that people venture down the lanes to Hallsands is to come and see what’s left of the old ruined village, but to be honest there’s not that much to see these days.If you follow the road from Stokenham towards Start Point, you’ll find that there are two options that will take you off left to Hallsands, one marked North...

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Slapton Favorites

  • Exercise Tiger

    In December 1943 around 3,000 people who lived in the villages near to Slapton Sands were given 6 weeks to evacuate their homes without any explanation. They may not have known what was going on then, but we do now.Even so, we still only know part of what happened, because those involved were told in no uncertain terms to keep quiet about it.The...

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  • Feeding the Birds

    Dont forget to take your bird food, Its very cheap & much better for them than bread.There is a small area actually in Torcross village where you can get close to the less shy birds, usually just different varietys of ducks, geese & swans.

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    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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