Walk - Slapton Ley
4.2 miles (6.8 km)
Torcross - TQ7 2TQ Torcross
A fairly undemanding stroll along the shores of Slapton Ley, a National Nature Reserve with an abundance of wildlife, including many species of visiting birds. The freshwater lake is the largest natural lake in the south-west and is divided from the sea by a long shingle beach which in 1944 was host to the tragic D-Day exercise, resulting in the loss of nearly a thousand Allied servicemen. A wonderful walk in the spring, when wildflowers carpet the woodland and adorn the hedges, and warblers sing in the reed beds. Look out for birds of prey such as hobbies and marsh harriers hunting spring and autumn migrants like swifts and starlings. Children will enjoy the walk, especially the lake and the beach, although they may need to be supervised along the short stretch of roadside path at the beginning.
Slapton and Torcross are dog-friendly beaches. Have a look at our Top Dog Walks on the South West Coast Path for more dog-friendly beaches and pubs.