Mill Bay, Salcombe
This sandy, sheltered beach on Kingsbridge estuary is ideal if you have children who like building sandcastles and exploring rock pools. Dogs will also enjoy a splash in the stream that runs across the beach or in the tidal estuary. There is a small National Trust car park here and a toilet block.
Slapton Sands and Torcross
Slapton and Torcross are a great place to enjoy a day at the beach in South Devon. There’s nearly two miles of fine shingle in view of Start Point to the south and the Daymark at Kingswear to the north. Behind the beach there’s Slapton Ley Nature Reserve.
As well as being an incredibly picturesque sea front, Slapton has a poignant history. It was the location of the disastrous pre-D-Day training event, Operation Tiger, during which 749 allied troops were killed. A memorial stands on the sea front and, at Torcross, there is an armoured tank which was recovered from the sea years later.
Life guards are on duty at Slapton Sands and Torcross in the summer season, and flags mark the best places for swimming. If you fancy a snack or even a full lunch during your beach day there are pubs and cafes at Torcross. Sea Breeze Cafe and Torcross Boat House welcome dogs. Parking is pay and display both at the War Memorial and in Torcross.
Strete Gate, Strete
Strete Gate is a continuation of the Slapton Sands sand bar and stretches out along the cliffs below the village of Strete. There’s a good sized pay and display car park off the A379 coast road, and you’ll find public toilets on the beach. Most days it’s possible to grab hot drinks and a snack from the Cafe By The Sea wagon – you’ll not miss it as your turn into the car park.