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Place Category: Beaches
Slapton Sands is a large shingle bar bordered by water on both sides, the lake behind is freshwater. This beach is exposed and is being washed away at an alarming rate.
This bar provides a good location for gentle walks including the Ley nature reserve. On a windy day water sports gather to kite surf and windsurf in the bay.
Slapton Sands was evacuated during World War II to allow raining for Operation Overlord. Operation Overlord was the code name for the Battle of Normandy, the operation that launched the invasion of German-occupied western Europe by Allied forces. The operation commenced on 6 June 1944 with the Normandy landings (commonly known as D-Day).
An American Sherman Tank stands as a memorial to Americans that died when attacked by a German E-boat whilst practicing for D-Day landings.
Facilities include parking at Torcross, Slapton or Strete and cafes and pubs at Torcross.
Slapton Sands Beach allows dogs.
Slapton Sands Beach Weather Forecast
Light rain throughout the week, with temperatures falling to 17°C on Sunday.Light rain overnight.Today's Forecast
13->2063% 1% 11 mph
5:15 am 9:10 pmMostly cloudy throughout the day.Saturday, May 27th
11->1866% 58% 6 mph
5:14 am 9:11 pmLight rain starting in the evening.Sunday, May 28th
10->1756% 74% 6 mph
5:13 am 9:12 pmLight rain in the morning and afternoon.Monday, May 29th
11->1869% 79% 3 mph
5:12 am 9:14 pmPartly cloudy throughout the day.Tuesday, May 30th
11->180% 56% 10 mph
5:12 am 9:15 pmPartly cloudy in the morning.Wednesday, May 31st
11->180% 10% 3 mph
5:11 am 9:16 pmClear throughout the day.Thursday, Jun 1st
12->180% 3% 3 mph
5:10 am 9:17 pmDrizzle starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening.Friday, Jun 2nd
12->1829% 57% 7 mph
5:09 am 9:18 pm
Slapton Sands Beach Tide Times
Slapton Sands Beach Water quality
Samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:
- Excellent: the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
- Good: generally good water quality
- Sufficient: meets minimum standards
- Poor: You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.
Photos from around the surrounding area