Our guide to holidays in Slapton
If you’ve ever visited this coastal village in the South Hams, then you’ll already know that it’s one of the most spectacularly beautiful corners of the county. Set just back from the coastal road and home to a shingle beach that seems to go on forever, Slapton’s long been a favourite with families looking for scenery that takes your breath away and the feeling of being far away from the crowds.
Don’t be fooled though…just because it’s sleepy doesn’t mean there isn’t something different to do for every day of your Slapton holiday. Whether you’re a walker, an explorer or just a bit of a beach bum, it’s one of those places that are all about enjoying the outdoors and forgetting the rest of the world.
With Slapton Ley Nature Reserve tucked behind the beach and characterful pubs and tea rooms serving up fresh, locally-caught seafood, we can’t really think of anywhere we’d rather have a stroll and a bite to eat on a lazy day. While you’re in the area, take a moment to look at the Sherman tank which sits just off the beach. This rescued tank serves as a reminder of the tragic Exercise Tiger which took place in 1944.
Beach holidays in Slapton
Slapton Sands is a three mile long ribbon of golden pebble-dotted bliss. Backed by pastel-coloured cottages, this curving arc of beach is one of the finest in the South Hams, and it’s a popular spot for a stroll. This is one of those beaches that’s as unspoilt as it is beautiful, so you won’t find the arcades and activities of some of the more famous beaches in the area. That said, if you need a fresh crab sandwich and a pint of something cold you’ll find it minutes away, there’s level access at Strete Gate and the memorial car park, and dogs are welcome all year round.
Just a fifteen minute drive from the beaches of Slapton, you’ll discover Blackpool Sands. With a Blue Flag award and the kind of scenery that gives the whole beach something of a Mediterranean feel, Blackpool Sands is great for that family day on the sand. The water’s clear, the beach is always clean, and there are even sand pits so the younger members of the family can practice their sand castles safely.
Things to do in Slapton
With all that gorgeous coastal scenery, Slapton’s perfect for a leisurely walk. Slapton Ley Nature Reserve’s home to a freshwater lake (which happens to be the South West’s largest don’t you know), and it’s a tranquil spot for a wander during any season. That said, if you visit during spring, you’ll be greeted by a carpet of colourful wild flowers. Keep your eyes peeled for birds of prey while you’re there, including marsh harriers, swifts, starlings and hobbies.
If you pick up the South West Coast Path and make your way along the coast, you’ll find the lost village of Hallsands. There’s a small viewing platform you can stand on to peer across the water to what was once a thriving coastal village, until it was claimed by a storm.
If you fancy trying your hand at something new during your time in the area, you’ll have plenty of opportunity at nearby Blackpool Sands. You’ll find kayaks, paddle boards and of course wetsuits for hire right beside the beach, so you’ll have no excuse not to take the plunge and have some fun on the water.