Slapton Sands Beach
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Despite the name Slapton Sands this long arc of beach is in fact largely shingle and pebble. However, this does little to affect its popularity and undeniably pretty scenery. The coastline here has been designated as an "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" and is also something of a haven for wildlife.
The beach here is backed by a large freshwater lake - Slapton Ley - which forms an important part of a nature reserve. This is home to many examples of rare flora and fauna.
The beach is also a point of historical interest as it was used in 1943 before the D-Day Landings to rehearse ahead of the attack. Sadly however, live ammunition was used and, due to poor weather which reduced visibility, nearly 750 American soldiers died here. There is a stone monument on the beach which pays tribute to "Operation Tiger" and makes for a moving visit if you travel to Slapton Sands.
These days Slapton Sands is known for being a family-friendly beach with calm waters and plenty of space. This is also a great spot to try water sports such as surfing, windsurfing and canoeing and lifeguards operate here in the summer season meaning that you can swim here with full peace of mind.
In terms of amenities, you will find a beach cafe here that sells refreshments as well as toilets and disabled access. In addition, Slapton Sands is a dog-friendly beach with dogs welcome throughout the year.