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Slapton Sands and Torcross Beach, located on the stunning South Devon coast, offer visitors a unique blend of natural beauty, fascinating history and recreational opportunities. Stretching for almost three miles along Start Bay from Torcross to Strete, these interconnected beaches provide a picturesque backdrop for a day of exploration and relaxation. 

On top of being an extremely picturesque and popular beach, Slapton Sands plays an important part in the survival of some of the UK’s rarest flora and fauna. So, if you’re looking for a cracking beach holiday with the opportunity to do a little bit of exploring on the side, Slapton Sands should be on your list of ‘must visit’ destinations. 

Slapton Sands' Past 

If you like your scenery to have a bit of history, then Slapton Sands has a very moving story attached to it. In 1943, the beach was taken over by the allied forces to use as a rehearsal area for the D-Day Landings. Unfortunately, a combination of live ammunition and poor visibility resulted in the deaths of 749 American servicemen. You can visit a stone monument that was set in place on Slapton Sands to commemorate the ill-fated ‘Operation Tiger’, along with a Sherman Tank at nearby Torcross. 

Slapton Sands' and Torcross Present 

Today, Slapton Sands is a beach where families and friends can enjoy a great day out. South Devon’s Mediterranean-style climate means that the sea is safe, clean and calm, and there are plenty of water sports such as surfing, windsurfing and canoeing to try out. The beach is patrolled by lifeguards during the summer months and there is a flag system in place telling you where it’s safe to swim and when to stay out of the water. You can pick up a flag guide at the local Post Office or check local websites including the RNLI for details. 

The nearby Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve is home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna, including rare bird species such as the Cetti's warbler and the bittern. Many visitors come to observe wildlife in the Nature Reserve. Throughout the year the plants and animals living in the freshwater lake vary according to the seasons, giving you the chance to see something different every time you come. The whole stretch of this particular piece of coastline has been designated as a National Landscape and is a great destination at any time of the year. 

Torcross Beach sits at the southern end of Slapton Sands, offering a more sheltered and secluded setting. Nestled between the sea and the freshwater lagoon of Slapton Ley, this pebble beach is a haven for birdwatchers and nature lovers. 

 If you get peckish and have forgotten to pack the sandwiches, there’s a beachside café and pub serving drinks and refreshments at Torcross. The beach has facilities for anyone with mobility restrictions, with disabled beach access and toilets. If you want to bring the dog, you’ll be pleased to hear that it’s a dog-friendly beach, allowing dogs throughout the year. 

Despite its wartime past, Slapton Sands and Torcross Beach now offer visitors a peaceful and serene setting to enjoy the natural beauty of the South Devon coast. Whether you're seeking relaxation, wildlife spotting, or a glimpse into the area's rich history, these beaches provide a memorable and rewarding experience for all who visit. 

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