Tuesday 25 February 2020

Slapton WW2 Walk

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Slapton, the surrounding area and its residents played a unique role in WW2 as part of the D-Day landings practice. Discover why Slapton was chosen and what it was like in the build up to this world changing event and some of the challenges faced.

Starting at Torcross. Walk along the sea front/coast path up the side of the old Torcross Hotel. Go up the steps and follow the coast path through the woods out through the field and to the next bit of woods which takes you up above the old slate quarry. Carry on along the path until it goes downhill. About halfway down there’s a right turn – westerly direction and at this point if you look carefully, there’s a pill box at the side of the path.  Take the right turn and follow the path a short way into the field, along the edge of the field and up to the next bit of woods. The path skirts the edge of Widdicombe House estate. In the winter you  will be able to glimpse it. It’s hidden in the summer. Follow the path until it breaks out on to the drive and carry on in a westerly direction. Shortly afterwards there’s a right turn taking you across the fields down towards Widewell. When you hit this road turn right and head back to Torcross.

There are some rough notes below that you might like to read giving you some background.


  • Distance / terrain: 2.5. miles .....................................

  • Grade: Easy paths includes some hills..........................................

  • Timing: 1.5 - 2.0 hours starting at 9.30am (including "evacuation" film)

  • Leader: Alan Denbigh - Slapton Line Partnership

  • Meet at: The Tank, Tank Carpark, Torcross (SX 82345 42286)

  • Restrictions: Dogs allowed (though will have to remain outside the cafe during the film); well-behaved children welcome though they may not find it as interesting as the older history buffs

  • Cost £4 adults £2 children - refreshments will be available at charge at The Lobster Pot (film venue)

  • Public Transport First 93 Buses available from Kingsbridge and Dartmouth to Torcross

  • Parking: Yes

  • Parking Fee: Yes

  • Max no places: 18 ........................

Booking not required - just turn up !