Slapton Sands is an unusual beach in that it faces the sea on one side and is backed by a lake on the other. Long and narrow, the beach runs for around three miles and it makes a great spot for a walk as dogs are allowed all year.
Far more than just a pretty face, Slapton Sands is also home to more than its share of history. Look out for the Sherman tank mounted close to the beach, which remains a sombre reminder of the disastrous Operation Tiger that claimed the lives of ten servicemen in 1943 as they rehearsed for the D-Day landings.
The beachside cafe serves food and drinks during the summer, and the crab sandwiches come highly recommended. The beach is accessible for disabled people and there are toilet facilities, so it’s ideal for a family day out.
You’ll find Slapton Ley Nature Reserve sheltered by Slapton Sands, so the long shingle beach acts as a protector for all kinds of flowers and fauna. The many animals that live in Slapton Ley’s freshwater lake vary with the seasons so no matter how often you visit there’ll be something new to see. Slapton Sands is THE beach for those who like to wander a long stretch of beach and do some exploring while they’re there.
The whole beach is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so expect to be impressed with the views, space and things to do.