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Slapton Sands and Torcross Beach

  • Near Dartmouth, Slapton, Devon TQ7 2TQ

This whole stretch of Devon's shoreline is officially designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and Slapton Sands and Torcross Beach really epitomise what the softer southern side of the county's coastline has to offer holidaymakers and those lucky enough to live here.

Slapton is an absolutely glorious stretch of golden sand, a firm family favourite and a mecca for energetic dog owners who take advantage of the fact that you can exercise your canine comrade off the lead for the entire year here. With a microclimate that can feel positively Mediterranean at times during good summers, the beach is perpetually popular, but easily big enough to comfortably accommodate all the surfers, sun-seekers and dog-walkers that flock here. The coast's sunny exterior does conceal a tragic history – a huge Allied military exercise that took place here during World War 2 went horribly wrong, resulting in the death of 749 American servicemen in 1943, and you can visit a stone monument which commemorates the ill-fated Operation Tiger in Slapton, and also see a Sherman Tank at nearby Torcross.

Beach type: Sand
Dog information: Year-round off-lead access.