Slapton Travel Guide

  • Slapton beach & Torcross Waterfront
    Slapton beach & Torcross Waterfront
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  • Slapton Beach
    Slapton Beach
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    Freya on Slapton Sands
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Slapton Things to Do

  • 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 Sands

    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,...

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Slapton Restaurants

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    by freya_heaven Written Jul 29, 2004

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    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 omlette on my last visit!

    If you enjoy fish, you will enjoy a meal here

    Start Bay Inn
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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.

    Torcross
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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 Favorites

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    by freya_heaven Written Jul 29, 2004

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    Fondest memory: 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.

    Spalton Ley duck feeding!
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