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
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
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
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!
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.