A jewel in our wildlife crown and stories of a changing coastline. Like a satisfying meal, this walk has the shingle sweep of the beach to start, a main course of all the wildlife you could wish for on a National Nature Reserve, and the sweet and characterful village of Slapton for dessert. Perfect!
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) From car park, turn right along road. Turn first left signed ‘Slapton ½m’. After 150m turn left onto public footpath. Follow path along shore.
(1) Path curves away from ley shore. At fingerpost turn left along boardwalk signed ‘permissive footpath’.
At end of boardwalk bear left along footpath signed ‘Deer Bridge ¼m’.
(2) At the road turn right up hill.
(3) Go straight over at Townsend Cross. Bear right and follow lane down and around to the left. At junction at Brook St Cross turn right.
(4) After passing Queen’s Arms, follow road around to left.
(5) From edge of village, follow path along side of road back down to Slapton Sands. Alternatively, just past Field Studies Centre turn right down farm track signed ‘public footpath’. jump to point 11.
(6) After 250m, by sign reading ‘Farm Only’, bear right through gate to continue along footpath.
(1) Path leads you back to retrace your steps around shore of ley to the road. Turn right. Cross to right at junction to return to car park.(D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 13ft - Memorial Car Park
1 : mi 0.82 - alt. 39ft - Curve
2 : mi 1.37 - alt. 39ft - Road
3 : mi 1.75 - alt. 154ft - Townsend Cross
4 : mi 2.1 - alt. 75ft - Queen’s Arms
5 : mi 2.27 - alt. 95ft - Edge of the village
6 : mi 2.44 - alt. 33ft - Gate
D/A : mi 3.51 - alt. 13ft - Memorial Car Park
Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve request that dogs be kept on leads through the Reserve to avoid disturbance of wildlife.
Start : Memorial Car Park, Slapton Sands.
Terrain : Footpath by Slapton Ley, occasionally uneven, with wet sections along shore after heavy rain; boardwalk; green lane, muddy and soggy in wet weather; surfaced road.
Parking : Middle Car Park, Slapton Sands. Pay and display.
Public transport : See www.travelinesw.com
Refreshments : In Slapton or Torcross.
Toilets : Public toilets at Torcross Car Park.
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