Slapton Sands Beach South Devon

Slapton Sands Beach

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Slapton Sands near Torcross

Slapton sands beach near Slapton is a long stretch of beach which runs from Torcross past Slapton all the way to Strete Sands or Strete Gate. At the very northern most point is Pilchard Cove, wildly regarded as one of the most beautiful nudist beaches in England!

The waters are very clear and Mediterranean like, the sea is safe and clean and usually lovely and calm. There are plenty of water sports you can do from canoeing, kayakings, or windsurfing and the swimming is great. Do watch the steep drop at the waters edge if the waves are rough though!

Behind is Slapton Ley - a nature reserve, owned by the Whitley Wildlife Trust and managed by the Field Studies Council. The site is a National Nature Reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. There is a large population of Cetti's, Warbler and resident Bittern.

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.


  • Beach - Shingle
  • Parking - Ample
  • Accessibility - No problem
  • Toilets - Yes
  • Refreshments - Yes
  • Dogs - Welcome year round
  • Life Guard - Seasonal

Best for

Walking, Fishing, Water Sports and Families.

Look out for

The WWII Sherman Tank in Torcross village and a rare plant called Strapwort !

It's a fact !

Slapton Ley is the largest natural freshwater lake in South West England.

Due to erosion this area could soon change forever. In 2001 a great storm washed the coast road away. An organisation was created to help the local community prepare for this to happen again as it is deemed financially unviable to continue to repair this road.


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