GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Slapton Ley

6 miles (10 km)

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.


TQ7 2TQ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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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.

Dog Walking

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.


Torcross, Slapton Ley and Slapton Sands - - 258172

Torcross, Slapton Ley and Slapton Sands. From a viewpoint on the coast path just to the south of this grid square, this photo looks down on the village of Torcross situated at the southern end of the Slapton Sands sandbar. The view extends well beyond the northern limit of the grid square to the cliffs below the village of Strete.

Slapton Ley from Torcross - - 258147

Looking northwest across the Lower Ley from Torcross Village. Slapton Ley is a freshwater lake separated from the sea by the long sand bar of Slapton Sands.

On Slapton Sands in August - - 1449599

On Slapton Sands in August

Torcross and Slapton Ley, Stokenham - - 84730

Torcross and Slapton Ley, Stokenham. This is the view from the minor road high up above the village, just before it dives down steeply. The subject NGR is for the church, just to the right of the centre of the picture. Taken in 1992.

Slapton Ley - - 1361551

From Sands Road, the road connecting the village of Slapton to Slapton Sands. Although there is a large area of open water, there are extensive reedbeds in the embayments.

Slapton Ley - - 1358997

A view from the farm walk at Stokeley across the marshland.

Slapton Lower Ley - - 1359309

The southern corner of the largest natural freshwater lake in South West England. Across on the right is Torcross.

Higher Ley, Slapton - - 1360665

Higher Ley. Unlike the Lower Ley, most of Higher Slapton Ley is covered by reeds, but this is one area of open water below The Manor House at Strete Gate. Seen from the woodland walk.


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