With the largest freshwater lake in the South West, separated from the sea by just a shingle path, Slapton Ley Nature Reserve is one not to be missed for nature enthusiasts or those just looking for a relaxing walk with wonderful views. The lake is entirely freshwater and is the habitat for a variety of birds, otters, badgers, dormice and bats, a real treat for anyone who loves wildlife, and is particularly popular with families and children.
There’s plenty to do when visiting Slapton Ley, and with a range of free events hosted throughout the year, you’re sure to find something that appeals to you. With orienteering trips, wildlife trails, bird watching events and even canoe tours in the summer, there really is something for everyone.
If you fancy a more relaxed walk in your own time, there are a number of routes available beginning at the Start Bay Centre, don’t forget your binoculars to ensure you don’t miss any of the breathtaking sights! You can even make your way to Slapton Bridge and Fishing Hut and enjoy a peaceful afternoon fishing on the lake. There are a number of great pubs, cafes and restaurants around the Slapton Ley Nature Reserve, why not treat yourself to a meal and a drink after a bust day exploring?