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Torcross is a small village which is quite literally holding back the sea. Located at the southern end of the majestic Slapton Sands in South Devon, this pretty South Hams village clings to the South Hams coastline with just the shingle beach & seawall for protection.
With the sea to the front of it Torcross also has the largest freshwater lake in South West England behind it. Slapton Ley, as it is known, is a National Nature Reserve providing excellent feeding and breeding grounds for a rich and varied wildlife. As a result the area is a major attraction for bird-watchers and naturalists. Much of the Ley can be reached by public footpath including a lovely circular walk around the northern section.
Located midway between Dartmouth and Salcombe, Torcross is the perfect place for a relaxing holiday. There is a wide range of accommodation in holiday cottages and apartments in Torcross itself plus nearby villages such as Slapton, Hallsands, Beesands, Strete & Stokenham. The village itself has some great pubs and cafes, perfect for watching the world go by.
Torcross provides excellent opportunities for watersports and for walking the South West Coastal Path. Why not walk over the headland to Beesands or even all the way to the lighthouse at Start Point? It’s also an easy drive to the upmarket sailing centres of Dartmouth and Salcombe. The drive to Dartmouth in particular has some stunning views as it hugs the impressive clifftops.
During the Second World War, in late 1943, Torcross was evacuated along with many other villages in the South Hams area to make way for 15,000 allied troops who needed the area to practice for the D-Day landings. A Sherman Tank acts as a permanent memorial.
The charming village of Slapton is located half a mile inland from Slapton Sands beach. It will be known to many people who have been on a school geography field trip as it is home to the Slapton Ley Field Studies Centre.
Originally recorded in the Domesday Book as ‘Sladone’ the village was home to the Collegiate Chantry of St Mary, founded in 1372. The Tower Inn is a hospitable reminder of the original building.
With some charming cottages, great walks and an abundance of of flora and fauna on the doorstep Slapton is a great location for a self-catering holiday in South Devon
Just over the headland from Torcross is the small village of Beesands. As with Torcross, Beesands is an old fishing village located right on top of the beach.
Britannia Fisheries are based here concentrating mainly on crab and lobster fishing and you can dine on the freshest produce at ‘The shack’ with some amazing views over Start Bay.
The Cricket Inn at Beesands is another local institution. It is reputed that Keith Richards, of Rolling Stones fame, used to holiday in Beesands as a child and that he and Mick Jagger made their first public performance at the Cricket Inn.
Hallsands is quite literally the village that fell into the sea. Formerly a prosperous little fishing village by 1917 however only one house remained habitable.
The origin of this disaster was the decision to dredge offshore from Hallsands to supply material for the expansion of the naval dockyard at Plymouth. By 1900 the level of the beach had started to fall leading to dredging being stopped in 1902. However the damage was done. In 1917 a combination of exceptionally high tides and storms breached the villages defences and the village was destroyed.
What remains, however is a charming little hamlet with stunning views and great walks to the lighthouse at Start Point
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