The Geography Department


Start Bay  Slapton Ley and Torcross  25 October 2005


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



Blackpool and Forest Cove beyond, looking south towards Matthew's Point and Slapton Sands from the A379



Blackpool from the A379, looking north. This was a remarkably pretty embayment, and had, in miniature many of the elements found at Slapton.


Pilchard Cove, the most northerly section of shingle beach


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Slapton Ley from the north, above Strete Gate, showing both the colonised section (Upper Ley) and the open water (Lower Ley). Torcross occupies the area of bar at its southern, far, end.


The area of the lagoon nearest in the photo opposite is now a marshland in the full throes of succession!


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At the scene of the storm damage of 2001.The road has been re-routed to the landward.


Looking from the re-routes roadway to the north.



The beach and hills towards the north and Strete Gate.


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The broken concrete apron near the American memorial to local people.



Slapton Ley from the memorial car park area, showing colonisation starting in fill in the lagoon further.


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See February 2001 - photos by Nick Slinger for more details of the storm damage.






The lagoon is a scenic magnet for affluent house-buyers.


Wildlife is attracted to the freshwater wetland in large numbers ...


... attracting birdwatchers and naturalists in their wake.

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A live issue in the autumn of 2004 is the future of Slapton Ley, the coast road, and the general approach being taken to coastal defences. Use the link!     www.slaptoncoastroad.co.uk


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Low-lying rip rap flanks the northern approaches to the village of Torcross.


A wide beach, here at least, and hard defences in the form of a recurved sea wall, defend the actual settlement.


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Access to the beach is via this opening in the sea wall.


Beach material detail, locating it in front of the pub!


Village, defences and a wide beach.

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The vulnerability of Torcross to high tides, storm waves and high winds is due to its proximity to the sea, but with a shingle beach, well-maintained, only extreme events should have an impact. However, maintenance of property on the seafront must be constant, as seen here.


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A pair of view from above the village, showing both the sea and the landward aspects of the barrier beach or bar



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BBC Slapton coast road