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Slapton Sands Monument

Devon

Slapton Sands is a misleading name since it is predominately made up of shingle on a three mile long straight beach. It is backed by the large freshwater lake of Slapton Ley, A National Nature Reserve. More facilities are available nearer towards Torcross at the southern end of the beach.

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Water Quality

Annual classification:

2016 Excellent

Today's Forecast

Pollution risk forecasts are not made at this site.

Facilities at Slapton Sands Monument beach

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Parking

Three car parks exist, with a total of 500 parking spaces, 5 disabled spaces in the middle, by the tank monument.

Dog restrictions

Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

Cleaned daily during the summer.

Lifeguards

Yes

Dates and times | See safety tab

Activities

There's lots to do here from swimming, surfing, windsurfing and canoeing to walking the beautiful coastline and visiting the nature reserve.

Wildlife and Walks

The South West Coast Path runs past the beach and Slapton Ley Nature Trail lies behind the beach. See Marine Wildlife sightings at this beach

Beach type: sand, shingle,

Beach Location

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Water Quality

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, from 15th May to 30th September. Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land. Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2016 Excellent

What’s does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either-

Excellent – the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
Good – generally good water quality
Sufficient – meets minimum standards
Poor – You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's Forecast

Pollution risk forecasts are not made at this site.

Click here for more information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.

Safety, Weather & Tides

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Potential hazards at this beach

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Dates and times

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach:

For more information visit rnli.org.uk

Beach Cleans

We need you!

Our volunteers have been surveying rubbish on  UK beaches for over 20 years. In that time shoreline litter had more than doubled and plastic has gone up by 180%!

MCS beach cleans are run all year round All year round Beach Clean events with our flagship event 'Great British Beach Clean' Great British Beach Clean - 18th to 21st Sept in September.

Volunteers record the litter they find - we use this information to help Governments and industry understand how to stop the rubbish getting there in the first place. We also promote behaviour change among the public using the data collected.

MCS Beach clean events

Within 10 miles of Slapton Sands Monument beach

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Small changes, big differences

litter bin icon Take your rubbish home - don’t try and cram more stuff into already overflowing beach bins

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Toilet icon Only put the 3P's down the loo - Pee, Poo and Paper - everything else goes in the bin!

Fancy a fish dish?

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We rate restaurants according to the impact the seafood they serve has on fish stocks and the health of our oceans.

Along with MCS we want all seafood served in the UK to be sustainable.

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Sustainable Red fish – one or more fish options on the menu is an MCS Fish to Avoid

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Wildlife Spotting

You never know what kinds of wildife you'll come across at the beach. We're interested in what you find - especially if you come across jellyfish, basking sharks or turtles. Tell us what you find.

Find out the latest news and information on marine wildlife from around the UK.

Note: This page shows reports of sightings of jellyfish, basking sharks and turtles ONLY, as MCS holds national databases for these species. Don't be alarmed if it looks like there are lots of jellyfish in the area, they are fascinating creatures. We always advise "look but don't touch".

Latest reported sightings

Within 10 miles of Slapton Sands Monument beach

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Fergus Mitchell
on 20 Aug 2017

Turtles seen here by Jilly Peters
on 26 Jul 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Mary Jones
on 24 Jul 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Chris Popham
on 17 Jul 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Chris Popham
on 14 Jul 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Chris Popham
on 11 Jul 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Rachel Bolden
on 7 Jul 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Andy Rogie
on 6 Jul 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Reuben Skirton
on 23 Jun 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Moira Laidlaw
on 18 Jun 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Sarah Sims
on 25 May 2017

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