Six and a half mile walk taking in coastal scenery, country lanes and a nature reserve
Park at the Slapton Sands car park at the north end of the long beach. The road, the beach and you follow a narrow shingle bar for nearly two miles southwards to Torcross village.
The shingle bar, thrown up by tidal currents, has created a natural freshwater lake to your right. It is a nature reserve, and the reed beds provide breeding places for many different birds
At Torcross you will see an unusual memorial, a Sherman tank . It was salvaged from the sea in 1984, having lain on the sea bed since 1944, when hundreds of American troops practising for D Day were killed when an exercise went wrong
Follow the coast path through the village, passing Beesands Quarry. Now disused, it produced blue slate in the past.
At the end of the quarry follow a waymarked path inland to Widdicombe. The house has had a number of different lodgers, ranging from Captain Cook to General Eisenhower.
Follow the path from Widdicombe to Widewell, then along a lane to Stokeham (pub and church)
Take the lane to Frittiscombe from here, turning right there to run down to Deer Bridge
Just after the bridge there is a footpath off to the right, following the stream to the lake and the sea. It eventually takes you through part of the nature reserve, along a board walk through the reed beds
Just after the warden's hut you turn right at the end of the lake and are back to your start point in a few yards