South Devon National Landscape
Follaton House, Plymouth Road,
Totnes TQ9 5NE


Tel: 01803 229330


Slapton (2.75m)

Easy to Moderate
About This Project

Slapton – 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!


This walk includes one hidden National Landscape geocache – ‘What makes South Devon Special 7’. Information about our geocaches and how to find them here.


Memorial Car Park, Slapton Sands.
2.75 miles (+0.5 miles for alternative return route)
Easy to Moderate. 4 flights of steps. There is a viewpoint with disabled access and adjacent parking, by Slapton Bridge, grid ref. SX 828443. The walk route, however, is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.
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.
Middle Car Park, Slapton Sands. Pay and display.
OS map
Explorer OL20
Grid Reference
SX 828 442
Public transport
In Slapton or Torcross.
Public toilets at Torcross Car Park.


Note: Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve request that dogs be kept on leads through the Reserve to avoid disturbance of wildlife.


  1. From car park, turn right along road. Turn first left signed ‘Slapton ½m’.
  2. After 150m turn left onto public footpath. Follow path along shore.
  3. Path curves away from ley shore. At fingerpost turn left along boardwalk signed ‘permissive footpath’.
  4. At end of boardwalk bear left along footpath signed ‘Deer Bridge ¼m’.
  5. At the road turn right up hill.
  6. 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.
  7. After passing Queen’s Arms, follow road around to left.
  8. 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.
  9. After 250m, by sign reading ‘Farm Only’, bear right through gate to continue along footpath.
  10. Path leads you back to retrace your steps around shore of ley to the road. Turn right.
  11. Cross to right at junction to return to car park.

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