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

Attraction Facilities

  • Lifeguards (May - September)

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  • On-Site café/restaurant

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  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

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Recent Reviews:

  • dorothyjwhitehill
    Frodsham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Just love this AONB
    5 of 5 stars
    6th Sept 2020
    We always tend to stay around this area when holidaying in South Devon. A beautiful, peaceful place so good for the soul. It’s ww2 history is incredibly interesting and shouldn’t be overlooked. As... Read full review
  • U3344ZXdeeb
    Bracing air
    5 of 5 stars
    8th Sept 2020
    Choice of walks nature reserve or beach both are worth it. get there early for car parking as can be tricky at peak times. toilets are available at both ends of the nature walk. Read full review
  • Fleur50
    Midlands
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Lovely beach and nature reserve
    5 of 5 stars
    18th Sept 2020
    We visited not long after lockdown ended and really enjoyed the miles of beach, perfect for social distancing. We stayed at Slapton Sands camping and Caravanning clubsite which is an easy walk from... Read full review

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