Our guide to holidays in Hallsands
If you’re after a glimpse into ‘real Devon’, then the pretty little village of Hallsands on the South Devon coast is perfect. Home to a picturesque shingle beach, Hallsands sits within easy reach of the market town of Kingsbridge and the sailing resort of Salcombe. For those of you who are happiest on the coast path, you’ll be able to make your merry way to neighbouring Beesands or Strete on foot, and the sea views along the way are some of the most unspoilt in Devon.
One of the best things about this stretch of Devon’s coastline is that it’s dotted with sandy beaches and whitewashed villages, so exploring pretty much means choosing a direction and just picking a sandy beach to set up camp on for a day. Historic Hallsands is famous for the lost village that was swept out to sea from this stretch of coastline back in 1917, and there’s a viewing platform so that you can peer across the water to the remains of the village and imagine what life was like for the fishing community who once called this spot home.
Beach holidays in Hallsands
Life in Hallsands centres around Hallsands Beach, and if you stand back on the coast path and look down at this shingle stretch of beach we have to say it’s a scene worthy of a postcard. The beach looks east towards Start Bay in the distance, and it’s a great one for dog owners as pets are welcome all year round. To be honest, there’s an uncommercial charm to Hallsands Beach, so you won’t find too many facilities in the area but on the plus side the views are beautiful.
When the tide goes out you can make your way all the way round to neighbouring Beesands from the northern end of the beach, but make sure you keep an eye on the tide to avoid being cut off. To the southern end of the beach, the landscape’s popular with walkers, and there are some lovely routes around Start Point if you fancy taking in some of the coastal views.
If you hop in the car and make the 15 minute journey to nearby Torcross, you’ll be able to step onto Slapton Sands, a beautiful pebble beach that rolls on for three miles. Backed by Slapton Ley Nature Reserve, Slapton’s one of the prettiest corners of the South Hams, and there’s plenty of space for that day on the beach with the family.
Places to eat in Hallsands
If you’re something of a foodie, make the short journey to Torcross and visit The Start Bay Inn during your Hallsands holiday. With a thatched roof and blue window shutters to charm visitors even before they’ve stepped inside, this one’s a firm favourite thanks to its seafood menu and friendly service. Whether you opt for good old fish and chips or one of the seafood specialities, you’ll find the produce local and the welcome warm, and dogs are welcome on the patio.
If you make your way along the coast just a little to Beesands, you’ll come across what looks like a classic laidback beach shack, and that’s Britannia @thebeach. One of the area’s best-kept secrets, this quirky beach café serves up fresh, local snacks, fish and everything in between – and there’s a takeaway if you fancy eating right on the sand. Part of the charm of a visit is that Britannia @thebeach has a Bring Your Own approach to drinks, so don’t forget to take your favourite bottle of tipple along if you pop in for dinner!