The two villages of Slapton and Torcross enjoy sublime natural advantages set next to both the sea and the largest freshwater lake in the South West. Set within the South Devon Area of Natural Beauty (AONB) the area boasts a three mile long sand and shingle bar which makes up Slapton Sands and Torcross Beach. This vast area of waterfront is the perfect place for a family day out at the seaside.
With both Slapton Sands and Torcross Beach on you’re doorstep, you won’t be short of spots to enjoy this gorgeous coast and Blackpool Sands, another popular beach is not too far either. The South West Coast Path also offers stunning views of the coastline around this area.
Behind the beach you will find Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), is 1.5 miles long and covers an area of over 490 acres. This includes marshes, natural woodland and reedbed habitats meaning it is a haven for a variety of wildlife and plant life. There are circular walks around the Ley and Slapton village on offer and there are no entrance fees to the nature reserve. It’s a hotspot for keen birdwatchers and nature lovers as there is just so much to discover.
The church at Slapton dates back to the 14th Century and the Ley formed as a result of rising sea levels around 5000 years ago.
In 1944, Slapton Sands was the setting for Exercise Tiger, a D-Day rehearsal which went terribly wrong. At Torcross a Sherman tank, which was recovered from the sea, stands as a memorial for those who lost their lives in the incident.
Visitors who are looking to enjoy a self catering holiday in the area will find a good selection of independent shops to purchase local, good quality produce within the area of Slapton and Torcross and there are also a great range of places to eat out whilst you’re here.