Strete Gate, Slapton Sands

Start Bay sweeps round from Strete to Start Point Lighthouse in an arc of beauty.  It’s dog-friendly all year round and offers miles of walking on the shingle beach, the Coast Path just above the beach, and along the side of the freshwater Slapton Ley, the National Nature Reserve.

August flowers on the beach at Strete Gate
On summer mornings, the sky and sea shimmer in shades of blue, and the slate cliffs bounce the light back. At the Strete Gate end of the bay, flowers grow on the beach from early spring right through to autumn, and the light shifts over the Dart estuary past Strete, and above the lighthouse past Torcross. 
What a way to start the day!

Slapton Sands is dog-friendly all year round.  It has three car parks, each with toilet facilites and dog waste disposal: at Strete Gate towards Dartmouth, at The Memorial in the centre, and at Torcross by the tank.  They are Pay-and-Display.  In summer, at Strete Gate there’s a refreshment van; at the Memorial an ice-cream van and information on Slapton Ley from the Field Centre; at Torcross, cafes, pub, general store and Post Office, and Hannaford’s butcher.  And the Sherman Tank from Operation Tiger.  Please keep your dog under close control on the Ley side as there are ground-nesting birds.

And what better to come home to your cosy, dog-friendly cottage at Watermill Cottages – call us on 01803 770219 and book your doggy in for some fun!