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Walk 3427 - printer friendly version

Slapton Sands & Stokenham Walk

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 8.0 miles / 13 km

Ascent - 1000 feet / 303 metres

Grade - easy/mod

Start - OS grid reference SX823423
Lat 50.2689110 + Long -3.6528891
Postcode TQ7 2TQ (approx. location only)

This Devon walk starts from the car park on the sea front at Torcross (SX823423) and then follows the South West Coast path before turning in land to explore the countryside. Returning to the coast at Bee Sands the circular route is completed by re-joining the South West Coast path back to the start.

After parking exit the car park at the northern end and follow the South West Coast path in a northerly direction for about a mile and quarter, passing a large car park on the opposite side of the main road (grid ref. SX828441) to reach a road junction. To your right is Slapton Sands which was used for training troops for the D-Day landings in France. Turn left here, cross Slapton Bridge and after just over 100 metres take the signed footpath on your left (grid ref. SX827443). This initially path follows the Shore of Slapton Ley (the lagoon on your left). At the first path junction (grid ref. SX821443) turn left. Soon after a small sewage treatment works is on your right. From here pick up the continuing path to reach a lane at grid ref. SX813445) at Deer Bridge.

Turn left up the lane past the access to Darnacombe Farm on your right. Ignore the loop road into the hamlet of Frittiscombe on your left and continue along the lane to reach Coleridge Cross (grid ref. SX801434). At the road junction take the footpath on your left. This goes half right across the first field and leads to a lane (grid ref. SX806432). Turn right along the lane into the village of Stokenham. Careful navigation is required here. Reaching a T-junction with Kiln Lane, turn right and then almost immediately left down a narrow lane. At the bottom of the lane you reach a T-junction, turn left here with the church Tower clearly in view. Follow the road around to the right passing the church on your left to reach the A379.

Turn right and almost immediately left down a lane (signed The Factory). After 150 metres take the bridleway on your right. This enclosed path leads to a lane after 500 metres (grid ref. SX806421). Turn left along the lane to the next road junction (grid ref. SX810420). Turn right through the metal gate following the waymarked path. Reaching the drive to Widdicombe House (grid ref. SX811419), keep straight ahead following the right of way around the west side of the buildings and south past Lower Widdicombe Farm on your right to reach a lane in Beeson village (grid ref. SX811409).

Turn left along the lane and continue to a T-junction (grid ref. SX812407). Turn left here and walk along the undulating lane for about 600 metres to a sharp left hand bend. Continue to the next right hand bend and take the footpath on your left through a wooden gate (grid ref. SX817406). Follow this path down to join the South West Coast Path at grid ref. SX820407). Turn left along this National Trail and continue north. You will pass another lagoon on your left (Widdicombe Ley) and just after this and before the white house (Sunnydale) turn left and follow the South West Coast Path which is followed back to Torcross and the start of the walk.

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