The Geography Department


Slapton Sands, Devon,  Coastal Erosion Damage


February 2001      All photos courtesy of Nick Slinger


Bude-Sandy-Mouth 22 August 2001


Beesands & Hallsands & Start Point 25 Oct 2004

Dartmouth & the Dart Estuary 25 Oct 2004

Slapton Sands 2001 -aftermath of the storm of February 2001 - photos by Nick Slinger

Slapton Ley and Torcross 25 Oct 2004


Lynmouth 17-18 July 2006

Porlock Bay 5 August 2005 & 17 August 2006


Streetmap on Slapton 1:50,000


The location of this photograph is at      , as the road from Slapton village turns north-west along the coast. To the south is Slapton Ley, a renowned coastal lagoon, and beyond the small village/hamlet of Torcross.

Winter storms have lowered the beach by several metres and the roadway, as well as the protective concrete blanket, have been exposed and eroded.


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The scale of the previous picture is evident here; the figure would indicate a vertical drop of over four metres on this slope. The nature of the defences, a concrete blanket linked by steel rods and backed by a membrane, is show up well.  


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From above the roadway is now the cliff-top. The defences have been temporarily restored by rip-rap boulders on the much-depleted beach. 


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A close-up reveals that the roadway was substantial, that it had cats-eyes running down the middle, and that the route is now impassable to motor traffic.


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The cats-eye, rip-rap, beach and sea.


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A monument, removed by the storms, is survived by only its plinth and the flag posts either side.


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Further towards the north-west, at the edge of the car park, the sea has revealed the local geology, and appears to have taken a good deal more than the road!


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