One of the best things about staying on the Devon coast is that you can explore all those little places that are just off the beaten track enough to still be atmospheric, and you’ll find the lost village of Hallsands between Beesands and Start Point. Every bit as intriguing as it sounds, the village was once a thriving collection of beachside homes, although these days it lies in sleepy ruins after being lost to storms in 1917.
There’s a viewing step just along the coast from the village, so you can take a few moments to peer across the water at what remains of the village and get a glimpse into what life was like for those who once called it home. There’s a timeline beside the viewing platform so you can see how the village was slowly but surely reclaimed by the sea, before the entire community were forced to leave their homes during a powerful storm that destroyed the homes.
You’ll be able to pause at the viewing platform if you walk from Beesands to Hallsands (around an hour’s walk), and if you’re after a walk with a bit of a difference it makes for a fascinating point of interest along the way.