Slapton Ley Field Centre

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Slapton Ley Field Centre
Nature & Wildlife Areas
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8 reviews
Very good

Donna U
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A great place to stay whilst walking the coastal path
Oct. 2020 • Friends
I had low expectations of this place after reading some reviews, however what a pleasant surprise! The staff were wonderful from booking to departure and we almost had the place to ourselves. The rooms were basic but very clean and comfortable. We had a twin room with en-suite. Breakfast was wonderful and we were able to pay for a packed lunch to take with us for our walk the next day.
Written October 28, 2020
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Hertfordshire, UK8 contributions
A Level Field Stdies
Sep. 2019
Facilities ideal with a well designed and led course for A Level field studies. Rooms with good fittings and amenities. Highlight was the quality of the food (locally sourced) and the considerate and hospitable catering staff. More than happy to visit again.
Written September 28, 2019
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London, UK21 contributions
Brilliant Experience
Jul. 2019 • Friends
Spent a few days here on field work and was worried by reading some negative previous reviews. We had good teachers and the staff at the centre are expert in what they do so we got great feedback on our work so that we could get a good end result.
That was what we came for; an honest appraisal of where we were and how to improve. Yes, there is a dangerous road and you are given a brief warning about it for good reason.

Food was brilliant and you could always have seconds. Vegetarians and vegans were well catered for. The area is great for field work and the price for what we got was excellent. It is perfectly clean, but it is hostel accommodation. I am so grateful to the staff who really helped me. Had great evenings with friends. Yes, the shower does turn itself off; that's called conservation and happens for a good reason.
Written July 18, 2019
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Walsall, UK51 contributions
Apr. 2019 • Business
We came here with our university with high hopes and looking at the site as a location with great potential for the conservation research we would be undertaking. There were a number of problems with the location to do with the site and the sites staff. I will start with the food. Every morning we were provided with sausages and a choice of sides, that being beans, tomatoes and some form of egg. This food gave the majority of the group the runs, which has later been renamed as 'The Slaptons' because it was so bad. The actual conservation work which we undertook did not reach the potenital which could have been reached due to its outstanding ancient woodland, coastland and ley. Three studies were undertaken, but one was done with the FSC staff. It was the most patronizing of the three practicals, bearing in mind we area all aged 18+ and have a lot of experience from prior work. The staff member was very patronizing, and instead of explaining some interesting facts which surrounded the area, the focus of the study seemed to be on how dangerous the road was and that we should look both ways. Admittedly it was a dangerous road, but I am not 5 and do not need such education. The area of Slapton is brilliant for nature, but come the evening there is very little to do, and spent most of my time and student loan in the Queens Arms which is a fabulous establishment and is very welcoming. The bedrooms are truly disgusting. Upon arrival, we were told that they would clean our "bins, basins and bogs", however the rooms would not be hoovered and we would not be provided with extra sheets. Furthermore, the beds were very noisy to lie on and uncomfortable due to the mattresses being waterproof. It sounded like I was lying on a rubber balloon, which again, is fair enough if I am 5, but as a university student, I have mastered the art of not urinating in bed. The showers smelt of urine and damp, and quite frankly, the distance between the toilet and the shower is not good enough. The rooms were so bad that a student reached the point where he felt the need to spend over £150 on an airb&b for a room elsewhere. The area which has been provided for smokers is inadequate. It is understandable that the centre may not want smokers on site, but if this is the case, a suitable areas should be provided, not next to the compost bin due to the risk of flammable methane gas. The location has so much potential for nature, and although the education provided by the centre is informative and reasonable, our week long trip here should have been much shorter which is no fault of the centre's.
Written May 9, 2019
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Tracey F
Birmingham, UK265 contributions
Beautiful peaceful place
Oct. 2015 • Family
Beautiful location. Peaceful, quiet with stunning views. A haven for nature. Lovely walks through the woods by the Ley. Don't miss it.
Written February 19, 2016
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London, UK34 contributions
the ley has survived the bad winter - just.
Apr. 2014 • Couples
The ley was not damaged by the winter storms although the beach defences were breached. This is fantastic place for wild life, lots of birds, butterflies, swans and a heron to name a few.
Written May 17, 2014
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Cardiff, UK2,304 contributions
Fabulous nature reserve
Apr. 2014 • Couples
This review is of the nature reserve served by the Field Centre. Slapton Ley is the largest freshwater lake in SW England and it's a gem!

We parked (for free) just over the bridge between the Upper and Lower Leys: there is a wooden hut where you can pick up maps of the three (four if you count the Coast Path!) nature trails ranging from 1.5 miles to 2.5 miles. Don't be misled by the guide times: we took the short route which should have taken 45 minutes; we probably took 1.5 hours - no, we are not slow walkers; there was just so much to stop and see!

The leaflets give you ideas as to what to look for in the different areas of the reserve: shingle ridge, lake, hazel coppice, wet meadow (disappointingly we couldn't get close to look for the marsh orchids - boardwalk would be nice here!), reeds and wet woodland. In addition there are displays placed strategically on the routes and plenty of places to sit and watch.

Our three highlights: a seat not far into the easy walk where we watched great crested grebes, tufted ducks, coots and the mallard with her four cute ducklings; the viewing platform with the beautifully carved rail where we watched the antics of the breeding swans, displaying, mating and chasing off rivals; and the hide where we were visited by long-tailed tits, great tits, blue tits, blackcaps, chiffchaffs, wren, robin and Cetti’s warbler. The walk was peaceful and relaxing and lined with beautiful wild flowers: bluebells, primroses, stitchwort, celandine amongst others.

On the way back we called in to the Field Centre and bought a couple of the WWF laminated guides to help us identify the birds. There are other hides round the ley – we’ll be back soon to explore more!
Written April 20, 2014
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