Torcross, South Devon

Torcross, South Devon
  • Amazing coastal village situated on the Start Bay coastline towards the tip of South Devon. The magnificent Salcombe Kingsbridge Estuary is to the west and Dartmouth to the north. Remote location but gets busy in high season owing to beauty and easy access on the A379
  • Huge shingle beach with many other shingle and sand beaches in the local area
  • Great pubs at Torcross and in the surrounding villages
  • Top walking on the South West Coast Path. Particularly impressive heading south through Beesands and Hallsands to Start Point and its lighthouse
  • Situated by Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve. Known for its winter starling murmurations
  • Main photo: Torcross and Slapton Sands (Beach) looking north to Blackpool Sands (Beach)


One of Devon's best coastal villages

Torcross overlooks a huge shingle beach and the magnificent Start Bay. Super spot for seafood and coastal walking.


Why holiday or weekend break at Torcross?

To help you choose Torcross, we've listed some of the local attractions below.


Torcross and Start Bay

Start Bay arcs from the Dartmouth area down to Start Point. Wonderful place.

Highlights include Blackpool Sands (Beach), Slapton Sands (Beach), Torcross, Bee Sands (Beach), Beesands, Hall Sands (Beach), Hallsands, Hallsands Lost Village/Ruined Village and Start Point.


Torcross and Slapton Sands

Slapton Sands (Beach) is a huge shingle beach stretching for miles along the coastline.

A road runs behind the beach and Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve.

There are plenty of parking spots along the way including one at Torcross.


Torcross and Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve

Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve is a beautiful National Nature Reserve known for its seasonal starlings roosts (if this is of interest, see also Okehampton Starling Roosts on our sister site Holiday in Dartmoor).


Torcross Start Bay Inn

Start Bay Inn is located on the sea front overlooking Slapton Sands and Start Bay. Alternatively, try the cafe Sea Breeze. There's another pub called The Tradesman's Arms inland at Stokenham and The Cricket Inn is just down the coast at Beesands. Britannia @ The Beach is also in Beesands.

For food, drink and other items there's also Start Bay Stores in Torcross.


Torcross Sherman Tank and the Normandy Landings Monument

Torcross Sherman Tank commemorates the tragic events surrounding a dress rehearsal for D-Day called Exercise Tiger. During the exercise, German E-Boats attacked the convoy. Over 600 sailors and soldiers lost their lives.


Torcross South West Coast Path walk

There's a fine stretch of the South West Coast Path between Dartmouth and Start Point. From Torcross, we'd recommend wandering to Beesands, Hallsands and Start Point before returning.

See our Torcross South West Coast Path Walk listing for more information.


Beaches around Torcross

In addition to Slapton Sands (Beach), this area of South Devon is known for its beaches.

Blackpool Sands (Beach) is extremely popular.

Bantham Beach and Bigbury-on-Sea Beach are up there with the best beaches in the UK.


Woodlands Park near Torcross

If you're on holiday with kids then spand a day or two at Woodlands Park. Great fun.


The Salcombe Kingsbridge Estuary near Torcross

Many of the UK's finest estuaries are located in the Westcountry. The Salcombe Kingsbridge Estuary is up there with the best. From Torcross, head to Kingsbridge and take the ferry down the estuary to Salcombe.


Dartmouth near Torcross

Along with Salcombe, this is essential UK visiting.