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Slapton Sands and Torcross Beach

Slapton, Devon, TQ7 2TQ

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On top of being an extremely picturesque and popular beach, Slapton Sands plays an important part in the survival of some of the UK’s rarest flora and fauna. So if you’re looking for a cracking beach holiday with the opportunity to do a little bit of exploring on the side, Slapton Sands should be on your list of ‘must visit’ destinations.

Slapton Sands' Past

If you like your scenery to have a bit of history then Slapton Sands has a very moving story attached to it. In 1943, the beach was taken over by the allied forces to use as a rehearsal area for the D-Day Landings. Unfortunately, a combination of live ammunition and poor visibility resulted in the deaths of 749 American servicemen. You can visit a stone monument which was set in place on Slapton Sands to commemorate the ill-fated ‘Operation Tiger’, along with a Sherman Tank at nearby Torcross.

Slapton’s Sands' Present

Today, Slapton Sands is a beach where families and friends can enjoy great holidays. South Devon’s Mediterranean style climate means that the sea is safe, clean and calm, and there are plenty of water sports such as surfing, windsurfing and canoeing to try out. The beach is patrolled by lifeguards during the summer months and there is a flag system in place telling you where it’s safe to swim and when to stay out of the water. You can pick up a flag guide at the local Post Office or check local websites including the RNLI for details.

If you get peckish and have forgotten to pack the sandwiches, there’s a beachside café serving drinks and light refreshments and Slapton Sands has facilities for anyone with mobility restrictions, with disabled beach access and toilets. If you want to bring the dog, you’ll be pleased to hear that Slapton Sands is a dog-friendly beach, allowing dogs throughout the year.

Many visitors come to observe wildlife in the Nature Reserve. Throughout the year the plants and animals living in the freshwater lake, Slapton Ley, vary according to the seasons, giving you the chance to see something different every time you come. The whole stretch of this particular piece of coastline has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is a great destination at any time of the year.

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Attraction Facilities

  • Lifeguards (May - September)

Accessibility

  • Disabled access to the beach
  • Easy access from main roads/good public transport links
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant

Establishment Features

  • Toilets

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Recent Reviews:

  • Mr P
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    One of the most beautiful coastal stretches in the south west
    5 of 5 stars
    22nd Mar 2018
    First I'd like to add, this nature reserve and area of natural outstanding beauty doesn't 'want' tourists, it has never needed tourists, there is no tourist industry here! Very few businesses which... Read full review
  • Nicola R
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Wonderful
    5 of 5 stars
    25th Feb 2018
    What a beautiful place to just visit for a lovely walk listening to the sound of the waves with the sun shining on the water. Absolutely wonderful. The colours of the sea and the sandy beach we're a... Read full review
  • Cageswood
    London
    Special place
    5 of 5 stars
    18th Feb 2018
    Nature made this a beautiful place. History has made it a special one. The beach, which is small pebble and gravel rather than sand, curves for a mile or so along the shore between Torcross and... Read full review

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