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Staycation Devon - Slapton Sands

From Coleton Fishacre NT we decided with the weather forecast looking dodgy before the end of the week, to head across the River Dart to Slapton Sands.

Slapton was the scene of a terrible tragedy during the lead up to the Normandy D-Day landings.

There is a memorial on the beach and further along the beach a reclaimed Sherman Tank.

The first leg of the journey took us from Coleton Camp to Kingswear to take the Dartmouth Higher Ferry across the River Dart. The crossing doesn't take that long and costs £6.70 for a van/motorhome. We had to queue for a shirt time. Once aboard we were the Thurs vehicle back and our view wasn't too good. A van in front and the ferry superstructure to the left!

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Once off we headed sort of South West to the Devon coastline. The very dog unfriendly Blackpool Beach. They make it clear on their signs. Even if I didn't have Reggie with me, they still wouldn't see my money. I'd urge others to do the same. Spend your money elsewhere.

In fact. Spend it anywhere but in the area covered by South Hams District Council. Despite being in an area dotted with holiday resorts it seems they discriminate against dogs and motorhomes! Very little parking.

As we approached the Memorial I saw there was a car park. As I was about to turn in I saw the height barrier closed. Cars and car derived vans only. Such a shame that to show respect to those young men from the US Navy and US Army that lost their lives in Exercise Tiger, there's nowhere to park.

We continued along the beach to Torcross. There the car-park is actually open though there are no spaces marked out any large vehicles other than coaches with warnings only they can park there!

I was buggered if I was going to pay to park, so I set off with Canon in hand to take some photos of the Sherman tank recovered from the sea.

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From here rather than take the tortuous route back the way we came and the ferry again. We plotted a route to Kingsbridge and Totnes. A longer way around the Dart but it had to be better in a larger vehicle. Part of it was. Plenty of driving through small villages and having the left wing mirror folded in! Saves knocking on objects and breaking the indicator/blinker glass....

A stop in Sainsbury's again in Paignton for dinner, Thai takeaway, and then home.

Another good day in parts but Slapton was a slap in the face.

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Posted by InvictaMoto 22:24 Archived in England

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