There’s nothing like a Torcross holiday for relaxation or connecting with nature. Home also to spectacular scenery, a friendly community and a fascinating history. If you’re dreaming of days spent in flip flops, you’re going to fall in love with the three-mile sandy beach that seems to roll on forever. There are plenty of tranquil trails for the walkers, and everything just feels calm and spacious all year round. And for the foodies, just wait until you taste the fresh catch of the day…
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Few places are as uniquely located as this tiny coastal village which splices the South Hams coast and countryside. And for a settlement this small, Torcross has oodles going for it! So if you’re keen to find out what your Torcross holiday would entail, we’ve listed some of our favourite things for you to do when you stay in this lovely little place.
One of our favourite Torcross attractions has got to be that beautiful beach, but we’ll save more about that for later. If you make your way to the edge of Torcross car park, you’ll see an emotive reminder of the area’s tragic history. The Operation Tiger memorial takes the form of a World War II Sherman tank, recovered from the water as a reminder of those who tragically lost their lives during preparations for the D-Day landings.
The ley at Slapton just reaches the edge of Torcross, and the Slapton Ley Nature Reserve is a gorgeous spot for a stroll and some time out. Why not take a picnic or that novel you’ve been meaning to read, and make the most of this peaceful haven for wildlife?
Let’s hear it for the beaches in Torcross! This three-mile pebble beach stretches all the way from Strete Gate to Torcross, so there’s plenty of space for everyone. The Torcross end of the beach is unique, thanks to the bar that separates the sea from Slapton Ley freshwater Lake. If you’re keen to enjoy laidback walks with a beautiful backdrop, you’re in luck.
Torcross Beach is a popular one with visitors with limited mobility, due to disabled access right to the beach and the level promenade. Convenient for wheelchair users and those with pushchairs, the prom is a scenic spot for a stroll. Sit back and enjoy the views across to Start Bay on a clear day, and if you look to your right you might just be able to spot the Start Point Lighthouse.
We love the selection of Torcross restaurants, so prepare to ditch the diet and indulge in some of Devon’s finest fodder. The Start Bay Inn has a reputation for its yummy pub grub and family friendly vibe. The menu has an emphasis on local seafood, and it’s so close to the sea you can almost touch it. There’s nothing quite like sitting outside when the sun’s shining and just enjoying those views.
Next up, it’s The Torcross Boathouse. This one’s pretty well-known in the region for its tasty pizzas, and it’s particularly family friendly. There’s a takeaway option if you fancy dining in your Torcross holiday cottage, but don’t miss out on the views if you can nab a table outside. Towards the northern end of the beach, you’ll find Sea Breeze. This cosy little café serves up fantastic lunches and lite bites…just what you need during a day lounging on the beach!
If you’re anything like us then a spot of shopping is pretty much a must when you’re on holiday! And it doesn’t get better than on the winding streets of Dartmouth, a mere 15 minutes’ drive from Torcross. If it’s a new holiday ensemble you’re after you’ll be able to take your pick from boutique chains like Crew Clothing, Joules (and Little Joule for the kids), Moshulu and Sea Salt to name but a few. There are also dozens of independent book sellers, art galleries and craft shops selling locally made goodies, and on the 4th Saturday of every month Dartmouth Artisan Market sets up in the town square to sell beautiful handmade arts and crafts from artists in the area.
The crystal-clear water at Slapton Sands literally beckons beachgoers to come on in, and if you enjoy paddle-boarding or kayaking then this is the place for it. Seasonal hire company Torcross Hire (which only operates during the summer) offers both paddleboard and kayak rental so if you don’t own equipment or prefer to travel light, you’ll still be able to take to the water.
Just 15 minutes drive away in Kingsbridge, you’ll find Waterborn SUP which is a lesson and board hire company based at The Crabshell Inn. Newbies and seasoned pros can partake in everything from guided tours to SUP Yoga, but if you prefer exploring the river solo best check the tides before setting off to ensure you have enough water for the trip back!
A resounding yes! While we think the beach at Torcross is first class, there are many other stunning South Hams beaches close by. One of our favourites is Blackpool Sands which is only 5 minutes drive away and is a real beauty. It has a fantastic beachside restaurant, Venus Café so if you’re thinking of making a day of it you’ll be well fed and watered throughout. Slightly further away at just 15 minutes drive, are the beaches of East Prawle and Smalls Cove. Both are sandy coves with calm water, and if you fancy popping over to Salcombe, the ferry landing is a short walk that’s slap bang between the two.
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