Slapton

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Enjoy the quaint charm of the pretty, rural village of Slapton, just a stone's throw from the stunning stretch of coastline at Slapton Sands,

About Slapton

Slapton is a small quaint village just a stone's throw from the outstandingly beautiful stretch of coastline at Slapton Sands, from where you can enjoy sweeping sea views across Start Bay, from the mouth of the river Dart in the north across to the craggy cliffs that curve round to Start Point Lighthouse in the south.

Slapton village is a short stroll from Slapton Sands beach, a 6km stretch of pebble beach, fronted by Start Bay and backed by the stunning Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve - a large freshwater lake separated from the sea by a narrow strip of land, and home to many species of wildlife including otters, eels, dormice and a huge number of birds and insects. 

Slapton village itself boasts two pubs, The Tower Inn which is renowned for its excellent food, and The Queen's Arms, which has a pretty garden providing the perfect spot for a refreshing beer, whilst a shop/Post Office, café and more pub/restaurants can be found at nearby Torcross.There are also many wonderful walks in the area - through unspoilt countryside, around the Slapton Ley, and along the spectacular South West Coast Path.

Slightly further along the coastal road towards Dartmouth, you'll find Blackpool Sands, one of the most popular beaches in Devon. Here, the golden sand and shingle beach, green pines cliffs, and turquoise waters conspire to exude an almost Mediterranean feel. This beautiful, family-friendly beach is great for windsurfing, paddle boarding and canoeing, and when hunger strikes, the beach-side Venus Café is a great place to refuel with a view.

The lively market town of Kingsbride is just 7 miles away and offers a good choice of independent shops, cafés and pubs, as well as two supermarkets for stocking up on essentials.

A holiday cottage in Slapton offers a good base for enjoying the breath-taking beauty of this special corner of South Devon.

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Dittiscombe Equestrian Centre

Dittiscombe Equestrian Centre
(2 miles)

As the self proclaimed ‘home of horse riding in the South Hams’, Dittiscombe Equestrian Centre offers horse riding lessons to everyone, whether they’re beginners or seasoned riders. Friendly and professional, they have an indoor school and an outdoor school so you can organise lessons whatever the weather, and you can borrow hats when you’re visiting as well if you don’t have your own. You can opt for private or group lessons, and there are toilets and changing facilities on site as well as plenty of parking. The school is two miles inland from Slapton Sands, so you can also combine your lesson with a trip to the historic D-Day training site and a wander along the beach if you fancy it!

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Fast Rabbit Farm Garden

Fast Rabbit Farm Garden
(4 miles)

In 42 acres of secluded Strawberry Valley, Fast Rabbit Farm Garden is the largest garden featuring acid loving plants in the county. Founded in 1991, the garden has something to offer visitors through every season, and provides a range of habitats for a vast family of wildlife and plant life. A beautiful sight, showcasing the intricacies of the South Devon climate and the magic it creates, visiting here is about a peaceful wander and experiencing the quieter side of Devon. They have a self-serve refreshment facility and picnic tables to take advantage of, and in the summer they even offer ‘Clothing Optional’ days if that strikes a chord.

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Dartmouth Golf Club

Dartmouth Golf Club
(5 miles)

Dartmouth is a particularly beautiful part of South Devon, and at the The Dartmouth Golf Club there are two courses to visit. It is one of the South West's most comprehensive golf resorts, and has been included in Golf Monthly's list of Great Britain and Ireland's best 80 courses. The Dartmouth Course is a more relaxing par 66, nine-hole experience and offers seven-day membership as an option. Meanwhile, the Championship Course is an 18-hole, 7,200 yard, par 72 course and has hosted the West Region PGA Championships on no less than six occasions. Dress codes apply and there is a bar and restaurant on site as well as a spa to complete your holiday in South Devon.

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Enjoyed the pool and the sauna and the jacuzzi - very relaxing

April 2017



Start Point Lighthouse

Start Point Lighthouse
(5 miles)

Built in 1836 to mark one of the most exposed peninsulas on the English coast, Start Point lighthouse was designed by James Walker and sits on a headland that runs sharply out into the sea on the south side of Start Bay near Dartmouth. Its style is largely influenced by the Gothic movement, and the optic used was the first of its kind. Coastal erosion has affected it over time and the lighthouse was automated in 1993, but it’s still in operation and can now be visited. Tours last around 45 minutes and are on the hour from 11am until 4pm, or 5pm in July and August. Prices start at £4.00 for adults and £2.50 for children – remember to wear sensible shoes and keep in mind that tours are weather dependent… as you might expect!

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Fantastic walk with wonderful views, you'll find the best beach in the South Hams hear, bit of a walk but it is glorious.

December 2016


We really enjoyed our visit. My husband and son had a tour (£5 per adult and under 5's free) and thought it was brilliant. Children under 1.1m's tall can not go on the tour so my younger son and I enjoyed the coastal views which were fantastic.

June 2017



Woodlands Family Theme Park

Woodlands Family Theme Park
(5 miles)

A family theme park set in 90 acres of countryside in South Devon, Woodlands has a wealth of entertainment available for kids of all ages including rides, a toddler zone, a falconry centre, a sea monster zone, animal paddocks, a deer park, a chicken run, baby animals, a meerkat home and lots more to keep you entertained for a whole day. They also host a series of events that vary throughout the season from Dino Week to Peppa Pig, and for visiting groups they offer special rates and discounts. There are indoor and outdoor activities available making it perfect when the sun shines or for rainy days, and there are seasonal opening times with a range of ticket options so take a peek at the website for the latest information. Baby changing, lockers, first aid, toilets and cafes are all available on site. Dogs are not permitted but there is a kennel on site on a first come, first served basis.

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I like Woodlands because it is entertaining whatever the weather

December 2016


Brilliant day out for all ages.

December 2016


No matter what the weather is you'll have a day of fun. Only downside is that if your 7 year old is a bit tall for their age they will be charged an adult ticket price

December 2016


Don't expect Alton Towers- but if you want a great place to spend the day and keep the kids entertained, then this is the best there is in South Devon. I'd say better for 7-13s than anything over....

March 2017


My daughter and granddaughter really enjoyed this park and was amazed how big it was and how many attractions it had.

April 2017




The Queens Arms
(Less than a mile)

A thriving free house in the heart of the village offering good value home cooked meals, a wine list to suit most tastes and real ales from local South West breweries.  Benefits from its own car park in a village where parking is limited.  

The Queens Arms Slapton, Kingsbridge TQ7 2PN (T: 01548 580800)

 

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Great food and nice friendly staff! Would recommend.

May 2017


Lovely food. Great atmosphere. Dog friendly

April 2017


Lovely pub - excellent food

May 2017


returned again and as usual everything from staff to food excellent. Will be back next year Thoroughly recommended

June 2017


Very lovely and friendly staff, however, disappointed with the food. My fish and chips were virtually inedible due to the fish being so overcooked and the frozen chips of a very poor quality. Sadly, we visited on our first night and therefore didn't eat there again. The garden however, was very beautiful so we did return there to sit in the garden and have a couple of drinks with our dogs.

June 2017


We booked a table at The Queens Arms, the menu looked good and varied. It is a charming place, set in the attractive village of Slapton. However, the service leaves something to be desired ! We arrived at 6.50pm and the food did not arrive until an a hour later, without apology! The food was good, but the service, badly let this pub down, and we did not eat there again for the remainder of the holiday, and we would have done if the service had been better!. The saving grace was the food and the lovely barman, he was charming, shame about the rest.!

July 2017



The Tower Inn
(Less than a mile)

Tucked away beside the 14th century tower that gives it its name, this is a family run pub serving excellent food in a beautiful setting.  Sit outside in the sunny courtyard or let the kids run around in the rear garden in summer, or on cooler days enjoy the cosy panelled bar and restaurant.  There is a wide selection of meat, poultry and fish options on the menu, all locally sourced, as well as veggie options, kids menu and popular Sunday roasts. 

The Tower Inn Slapton, Kingsbridge TQ7 2PN (T: 01548 580216)

 

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I very much adore the outdoor space with many interesting objects, such as chickens and incredible plants like magnolias and so on. The food is also rather good, and always makes the walk around the Ley worthwhile

December 2016


Nice food, friendly staff - definately worth a visit!

May 2017


Fantastic food

April 2017


old and atmospheric but not impressed by food or prices

May 2017


Great pub. Atmospheric and nice staff.

June 2017


Loved this place. Fantastic ambience and food. Helpful friendly staff and locals.

June 2017


Less than average food and I fail to see how the children can play in the courtyard - it's tiny and the front leads onto the road. Impossible to pay the bill with the contactless system - you literally have to walk to a tiny area and hope the wifi picks it up.

July 2017



Stokeley Farm Shop
(2 miles)

A popular food market, deli, restaurant and garden centre in a beautiful setting with a focus on supporting local producers.  Browse the shelves in the farm shop for local artisan goodies or enjoy the delicious food the café has to offer including a range of cooked breakfasts, coffees and cream teas, sandwiches, salads, burgers and pizzas straight from their wood fired pizza oven. 

Stokeley Farm Shop Stokeley Barton, Stokenham TQ7 2SE (T: 01548 581605)

 

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One of our favourite must go to places. Great food, good setting (with places to play for the kids) and good little shop too).

December 2016


Excellent small cafe/pizza area, Number One, sells a good range of gifts, many garden related. The plants are healthy, well cared for and reasonable priced and the farm shop produce fresh and good selection. Pleasant helpful staff

May 2017


Always a favourite for breakfast and for stocking up on delicious things for our holidays in Torcross. The tractor provides seemingly endless fun for a toddler and the friendly staff are all lovely.

May 2017


We love this place, probably popped in most days for delicious meat, cheese and treats. We don't eat out often as our dog is nervous around dogs that get too close so eating in can feel like a chore. But with lovely grub from a friendly shop, it becomes a treat. Plus it's supporting the local trade which is so important.

June 2017


LOvely but expensive

July 2017


Great selection of local provisions and also home to South Hams Brewery with all beers available and reasonably prices Recommend a visit

July 2017



Church House Inn
(2 miles)

Conveniently located pub with large beer garden, serving classic meals accompanied by traditional ales, ciders and a range of other drinks. 

Church House Inn Stokenham, Kingsbridge TQ7 2SZ (T: 01548 580253)

 

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Good food, nice setting.

December 2016



The Tradesman's Arms
(2 miles)

A warm and friendly traditional thatched pub in the heart of Stokenham with a cosy bar popular with the locals, and separate restaurant.  Enjoy sandwiches and bar snacks in the bar, or lunch and dinner in the restaurant where the award winning chef creates seasonal menus using fresh local produce.

The Tradesman’s Arms Stokenham, Kingsbridge TQ7 2SZ (T: 01548 580996)

 

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Have visited this pub for past two years and the food and service have always been excellent. High class and friendly establishment.

April 2017


An excellent pub we have used several times as a refreshment break mid-walk. Their sandwiches are very reasonably priced and delicious. Staff always friendly when we've visited and would recommend.

June 2017



Blackpool Sands

Blackpool Sands
(Less than a mile)

Between Dartmouth and Slapton, Blackpool Sands is a beautiful shingle bay on the South West Coast Path, surrounded by evergreens and pine trees. It really is a treasure of a beach to visit while you’re in the area. Award-winning, the privately owned, blue flag beach boasts a sense of being in the Mediterranean on a good day in the summer, although a good jumper never goes amiss in this part of the world! You will no doubt not be surprised to hear that it is in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, however it also boasts ample facilities and things to do. There are showers, toilets and disabled facilities, as well as paddle board, kayak and wetsuit hire available for those wishing to earn their visit to The Venus Beach Café, where light bites and refreshments are served. The Venus Shop also sells all the bits and pieces you might want for fun and games on the beach if you have forgotten them or are in need of extra buckets and spades. The water at Blackpool Sands is known for being clean and clear and tested by the Environment Agency, and lifeguards are on hand in the summer (July to September) so there’s every reason to pop in for a dip. However, dogs are not allowed on the beach in the high season (12th March to 30th October) so keep the walking for the cooler months. There is parking available at the beach with seasonal charges, and you can find out more information on those from the Blackpool Sands information line on 01803 771800. This beach is easy to get to and quite literally fun and games for the whole family, as well as a beautiful place to visit at any time of the year to take in the view!

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Stunning beach, and you can get takeaway cream tea from the cafe to have on the beach!!

May 2017


Our family 's favourite beach

June 2017


The cost of the parking steep

June 2017


Perfect venue for a sunny day! Secluded beach which is clean and tidy, with a cafe, snack bar and shop, beach equipment hire too

July 2017



Slapton Sands

Slapton Sands
(2 miles)

A long stretch of beach with spectacular views of the sea stretching into the distance, Slapton Sands is in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and for good reason. Adjacent to Slapton Ley, a freshwater lake that’s home to an abundance of wildlife and one of the many reasons people come to visit the area, the beach has a history of welcoming families in the summer for long days in the sunshine, building sandcastles, surfing, windsurfing and kayaking. It’s amazing to believe that this peaceful corner of South Devon has its place in military history as in 1943 the beach was taken over by allied forces to use as a rehearsal area for the D-Day landings. However, live ammunition and poor visibility ended in the deaths of more than 700 servicemen, so today there is a stone monument in place for Operation Tiger, as it was called, as well as a Sherman Tank at nearby Torcross. On a more current note, there is a beachside café at Slapton Sands for teas, coffees and other light bites, and there are also toilets nearby. The beach has disabled access, and also allows dogs throughout the year, so it really is fun for everyone and very easy to get to. There is parking nearby and in the summer months from May to September there is lifeguard cover. Last, but not least, a small collection of pubs reside in Torcross for those who are feeling peckish after a long day in the fresh air, or if you have been for a nice walk along the sand!

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Great place for a walk along the beach and had some great events for children at Easter. Great fish and chips in the pub at the end on Torcross

April 2017


Clapton Sands is beautiful. The rocks are the most beautiful colours, wild flowers abound on the beach, the views in either direction are stunning and it is rarely over crowded.One of the most wonderful areas in the U.K.

May 2017



Beesands

Beesands
(3 miles)

Close to Kingsbridge and a favourite amongst residents and holiday makers in the South West, Beesands is a wonderful mile-long shingle beach surrounded by fields and a freshwater lake. You get a real flavour of the West Country here with fresh crab sandwiches for sale nearby and lots of Devon holiday cottages within walking distance to make it really convenient. The beach has won awards from the Marine Conservation Society as well as having The Blue Flag marker to attest to its excellence and high standards, so families and swimmers can be reassured. The beach is popular for surfing and body boarding amongst other water sports including fishing, so tackle is on sale close by. You can pick up light bites at nearby cafes as and when you’re ready, making it easy to spend the whole day running around on the sand and enjoying your seaside holiday to the max. Beesands is very much a beach for everyone thanks to its convenient location, easy and free road parking along most of the beach, level access, and the toilets, cafes and pubs close by. Dogs are also welcome on the beach throughout the year so the whole family can enjoy it!

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Britannia Fish - Great fish - always fresh and lovely family run business. A must for anyone who likes eating good fish!

May 2017


Ideal for quiet and peaceful holiday with two good restaurants both of which are dog friendly.

April 2017



North Hallsands

North Hallsands
(4 miles)

A quiet beach of fine shingle with a reed bed providing the backdrop, North Hallsands is a picturesque place to visit for anyone staying in one of our holiday cottages in Devon. The beach is divided into north and south, and it’s about nine miles from Kingsbridge facing towards Start Bay. There is level access to the sand from North Hallsands car park, although it is small so keep that in mind in busier months, although there’s also another small car park five minutes away for South Hallsands. You might want to note that there aren’t any facilities or toilets close to the beach, which does mean that it’s fantastically peaceful and an experience that’s all about the natural environment, which ultimately is what we all love about a Devon break! For those bringing their four legged friends with them, the beach is completely dog friendly, welcoming them all year round, so just don’t get carried away with all that fun in the sand and get cut off by the tide in all the excitement. The sand stretches a fair distance at low tide and we wouldn’t want you to get wet!

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Gorgeous beach, but be careful if you have a dog that likes to run as our Border Collie got very sore paws on the pebbles.

May 2017



Mattiscombe

Mattiscombe
(5 miles)

A sandy beach close to Start Point, Mattiscombe is one of those little sandy treasure troves that we all love to find – it’s quiet, peaceful, and without very much around to distract you from the abundant natural beauty. Being a beautiful, secluded beach there aren’t any facilities or activities available here; it’s all about taking in your surroundings, perhaps doing a spot of rock pooling while you’re there, and walking the dog if you have one as they are welcome all year round. The rock formations are interesting and the views are remarkable, so remember to take your sandwiches and really spend some time taking it all in. It isn’t the easiest beach to access as the slope and steps onto the sand are quite steep and parking is at Start Point around a 10-minute walk along the South West Coast Path, so bring some appropriate footwear for exploring!

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A bit of a walk down from the car park but so worth it, arguably the best beach in the South Hams

December 2016


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