Slapton Sands

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Slapton Sands
4.5
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Naturist beach which is located on Slapton Sands, near Strete, south of Dartmouth. In 1944, it was the site of the World War II military exercise, Exercise Tiger.
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Eddie730
County Durham, UK123 contributions
An amazing shingle ridge
Sep. 2021 • Couples
Slapton sands are not to be missed. Part of Start Bay, this area is a natural shingle ridge which separates Slapton Ley fresh water 'lake' from the sea. It is 3 miles long.

These sands have a very poignant history as they were used in WW2 as a rehearsal ground for the D day landings; tragically, during a rehearsal 639 men lost their lives when the landing craft they were on were attacked by a German torpedo boat. A Sherman tank (recovered from the sea) sits at Torcross as a memorial to those who died.

It is a beautiful part of South Devon.
Written September 15, 2021
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JOHN B
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Wonderful
Aug. 2021 • Couples
Visited in Late August, there weren't too many people around and the parking costs were reasonable (better than trying to walk back up the footpath to the village). Such a relaxing place to visit with stunning cliffs.
We shall return!!
Written September 5, 2021
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gillian p
Manchester, UK641 contributions
Gorgeous beach,
Aug. 2021
Enjoyed paddling in the sea here at slapton sands beach. Lovely little cafe and toilet/ car parking facilities, making this a good place to stop and relax for a while.
Written August 25, 2021
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sharps222
Greater London, UK58 contributions
Nature reserve with several walks to choose from
Aug. 2021 • Solo
I parked up at the Slapton Sands Memorial car park by the beach. The machine only accepts cash or payment via the Ringgo app - no card payments at the machine.
There are several well marked walks through the nature reserve - mostly fairly flat, although a few sections are a little more uphill.
Definitely worth a visit.
Written August 12, 2021
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Beatrice H
Exeter, UK2,559 contributions
Historic less busy beach
Jul. 2021 • Couples
Gorgeous empty shingle beach and national nature reserve. Easy parking and local busses. Facilities at Tor Point. interesting WWII history.
Written July 23, 2021
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RealityCheck2013
Bristol, UK692 contributions
Mother Nature rules here
Jun. 2021 • Couples
This place is deliberately non commercial, for several reasons
1 there is a wildfowl lake right next to the causeway that runs between it and the sea
2 900 soldiers lost there lives after there ship was torpedoed during 5he rehearsal of the d day landings so as a mark of respect nature rules
The place is beautiful with a three mile beach which is shingle with the sea a lovely colour depending on the day
Start bay, slapton sands or torcross as it is known is a lovely place and great for walking, at one end if the beach there are a few eating places and a car park, but it’s all low key.
There is a public toilet and a Sherman tank that was salvaged from the sea several years ago and has a plaque in it explaining the day,
By the toilets there are three information plaques explaining in detail the history of 5he whole area and as far as I know this area is not a naturist area as previously mentioned in a review..
The area has some accommodation that can be rented for those wishing to stay here but it’s not cheap.
The journey from Dartmouth to here is lovely but the roads are a bit twisty, but the view of the beach from up hi on the road is lovely.
This is a back to nature tranquil place that’s holds tragedy in its history but is beautiful , you can swim here but the beach suddenly dips shortly after you get in, many years ago a storm smashed the place e and the road had to be rebuilt.
Mother Nature rules here and has proved it .
Written July 13, 2021
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Hazel J
Southampton, UK43 contributions
a lovely part of the world
Jun. 2021
Very interesting area as 930 US soldiers died here just before D-Day - we had drinks at the Billy Can - amazing value for money and such nice owners
Written June 27, 2021
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Carly Smith
Colchester, UK316 contributions
Didnt rate it
May 2021 • Couples
Maybe cos of covid but this place was pretty dead, windy overcast weather didnt help the appeal. Beach was just shingle and hard to walk on. Had a nice whippy icecream at one of the seafront cafes but they took forever to serve us. Probably wouldn’t return
Written May 11, 2021
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Allan C
Ipswich, UK307 contributions
Dont mention the war...?
Sep. 2020
Wide shingle beach with plenty of room to social distance. There is a n extensive car park with an obelisk set up by the American Army thanking the vilages of South Hams for their assistance in the war, but curiously no mention of the tragic disaser which happened here when a "practice" for DDay went wrong with the loss of hundreds of lives
Written October 19, 2020
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Jonathan M
1 contribution
CAMPERVANS NOT WELCOME!
Oct. 2020 • Couples
Campervans NOT welcome! Went for lunch and a walk but couldn't do either because the car park spaces are so small even the cars are overhanging and the signs say you must fit within the bay. The middle car park has a height barrier. A local told us we WILL be fined if we don't fit. Had to leave, clearly the local authorities don't want us to spend money in this area. They couldn't make it clearer that they don't want motorhomes and campers there. Even more tragic is the fact that all the car parks were virtually empty and the cafés etc all looked dead. Several campervans were looking to park at the same time and they left also. DO NOT VISIT, you will only be disappointed and very angry like we were.
Written October 16, 2020
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