The beach is clean and gives a compact impression and during the season is the centre piece of the community and attracts their care and pride. Slapton Sands is also a wonderfully well kept kite surfing secret. Torcross, Slapton Beesands are the opposite side of the "Start Point" peninsula of the South Hams. East facing, these beaches provide an ideal kiting for all easterly wind directions from North to South.
But beware of directly onshore winds, the surf has a real bite to it, the beach shelves off quite sharply, so you may not be able to clear the beach.

Exercise Tiger
During World War II, April 1944, Slapton Sands and the surrounding areas were evacuated to allow American Servicemen to practise the D-Day landing's in Normandy. Whilst rehearsing the 8 LSTs where spotted by a group of German e-boats. Some LST's were set on fire, sank after being shot by a torpedo. This turned out to be a fatal tragidy where 946 servicemen lost their lives.

One of the attacking e-boats, S-130, is now in dry dock in Plymouth.

There has since been a 32 ton Sherman tank recovered from the sea that was lost in excercise.

Just opposite the memorial tank there is a cafe which homes stunning views across the bay.

Behind the beach is Slapton Ley - Nature reserve. Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve is a 200 hectare site owned by the Whitley Wildlife Trust.

The small village of Torcross with pubs, shops and cottages, lies at the southern end of the long shingle expanse of Slapton Sands.

In WWII, the residents of Torcross , were too, like Slapton Sands, evacuated from homes to provide a training ground for some 30,000 troops preparing for the Normandy landings.

The surrounding area has a multitude of attractions to offer couples, groups or families plenty of things to do for endless days out. Devon consists of a varied inland and coastal terrain.
Dartmoor is only a half hour drive away and aside from exploring the moorland there are numerous unique attractions.
England's highest waterfall at Canonteign and beautiful Becky Falls are both a short drive away.
Nature Reserve of Slapton Ley.is a short walk away; Paignton Zoo or the National Marine Aquarium are well worth the vist. However, if it's higher octane thrills you're after, we have numerous kart racing circuits and adventure parks in the area catering for all the little and big kids alike! We can also arrange a days paintballing in the South West's largest paintball arena. For all you water babies, the beach is only a step away from your apartments and there is also the large adventure water park in Paignton, only a short drive away. We keep details and information on all the local attractions, so if it's a day out you'd prefer to a day on the beach, a member of staff will be able to point you in the right direction!

Walking
Torcross lies on the South West Coast Path. You can follow the the path from Torcross passing the ruins of Hallsands, an evacuated village which was washed away in 1917. You will then pass by the Lighthouse at Start Point from where you'll get excellent views over Start Bay. The path then carry's on to the wild and blustery Prawle Point and finishes at East Portlemouth. From here you can take a ferry across the Kingsbridge Estuary to Salcombe.