This walk takes you along Slapton Sands and the Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve in Devon. The lagoon at Slapton Ley is the largest natural freshwater lake in South West England. It's a beautiful area with the lovely shingle beach and the ocean on one side and the stunning lake on the other. There are a number of walking trails taking you through the reserve, including a family trail which takes about 45 minutes. You can also easily continue to the nearby village of Slapton.
The reserve is fantastic for wildlife with a number of bird hides around the lake. Look out for Cetti's warbler, Swallows, Badgers and Otters as you make your way through the reserve.
For cyclists there is a super coastal road taking you past the lake and Slapton sands.
The South West Coast Path runs past the site so there is scope for continuing your walk along the coast towards Dartmouth or Salcombe.
If you head west you can visit Start Point where you can look out for seals and basking sharks before enjoying an interesting tour of the lighthouse.
See the Torcross to Beesands and Start Point Walk page for more details.
PostcodeTQ7 2TQ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Slapton Ley Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Slapton Ley Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Slapton Ley OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Slapton Ley Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Start Bay Inn is conveniently located at the start of the walk, right next to the Torcross car park. The pub has an interesting history dating back to the 14th century when it was used by the local fishermen who worked their fishing boats from the village beach in front of the pub. The inn includes a lovely sea front patio where you can relax outside and enjoy sea views with some delicious sea food.
The area is great for dog walking with a dog friendly beach for them to enjoy. You'll probably see plenty of other owners with their pets on your visit. The Start Bay Inn mentioned above also welcomes dogs.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
For more walking ideas in the area see the Devon Walks page.