Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Exploring Slapton Sands in Devon...(PICTURE HEAVY)

Last weekend, Mark and I headed down to Devon to spend a few days relaxing with my in-laws. We stayed at The Old Torcross Hotel which was converted into apartments and it was the perfect location, literally 20 steps to the beach with the most amazing views. I have always loved being by the sea and I could feel the stress lifting as soon as we stepped out of the car.




I mean just look how stunning this view is... 😍

Coat: Seasalt, top: H&M, trousers: H&M, socks: Karrimor, walking boots: Karrimor
The weather was absolutely amazing so we went on plenty of walks as we wanted to make the most of it. 



Just a giant boulder... no biggie...





Our first one was from Torcross to Hallsands via Beesands and was about 6 miles in total. The walk was tricky at some points because it was so muddy but the views were so worth it! We walked as far as the Hallsands viewing platform where you could see what little remains of the village that was swept into the sea in January 1917 when a storm hit the coast after years of dredging. One of the original houses still remains but it's pretty bonkers how quickly the sea has reclaimed the land...


We also walked from Torcross, through Stokenham, up to Slapton, through Slapton and then back down to Torcross via Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve. This was the view about a mile up the hill towards Stokenham...



Eat your heart out Bear Grylls!
St Michael and All Angels church, Stokenham

This looked like Middle Earth!


Slapton village was so pretty and looked like a film set of your quintessential English village, it was almost too good to be true!





 The nature reserve is made up of a huge freshwater lake which is separated from the sea by the road and a narrow shingle bar. It's a pretty unique location and is home to some of the UK's rarest plants which is pretty cool!


Torcross was one of the sites used to practice for the D-Day landings and the village and surrounding area was evacuated to allow this to happen. 


This Sherman tank was recovered from the sea back in 1985 and is now a memorial for the lost servicemen.


The Start Bay Inn was an amazing pub that had the most incredible food...

I mean look at the size of that plate of fish and chips! 😱

It was only a few days but this trip to Devon was the perfect escape from reality, I'd definitely recommend it if you get the chance!
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