Little Hallsands beach is famous for the haunting history of the lost village that once stood alongside it. What it lacks in facilities it makes up for in historical interest, excellent walks and beautiful views.
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Sat nav users, use the postcode TQ7 2EY.
Hallsands beach is just under 15 miles from Salcombe.
If you’re coming from Kingsbridge, leave the town on the A379 towards Dartmouth and follow the below directions from (3).
- Take the main road (A381) out of Salcombe and stay on this road all the way to Kingsbridge.
- Turn right (2nd exit) at the roundabout, then do the same at the next one, following the sign marked A379 (Dartmouth).
- Stay on the A379/Embankment Road. Cross Creek Bridge.
- When you reach the village of Frogmore, turn right when you come to a sign that points to South Pool. Cross the little bridge and follow the road.
- One mile later, you will come to a junction. Turn left, following the sign for East Prawle. (Do not take the further left turn that immediately follows it.)
- Follow this road to the end, and turn right at the T-junction.
- You’ll come to a crossroads just over half a mile further down the road. Turn left.
- Turn right at the first crossroads you come to (about one mile on).
- You’ll come to another crossroads about 1.5 miles later. Turn left, and then take the first right.
- Follow the road to Hallsands.
Hallsands is 13.5 miles from Dartmouth.
- As you drive out of Dartmouth up College Way, take a left at the mini-roundabout, signposted for Stoke Fleming and Strete.
- Then simply follow the A379 as it winds its way to the village of Stoke Fleming. Carry on winding through the village and after a few miles Start Bay will appear in front of you.
- Continue downhill, passing Blackpool Sands on your left. The road will then wind up and down a steep hill, offering some wonderful views. Carry on along the A379 passing the edge of the village of Strete.
- You will arrive at the long straight road that runs between Slapton Sands and the Ley. About three quarters of a mile along this beach, just before the central car park, take the first right onto Sands Road, signposted for Slapton. Follow this road into the village of Slapton.
- Turn left at the crossroads.
- Turn left at the T junction.
- Continue through the village of Stokenham, going straight on at the roundabout.
- Keep to the left when the road forks shortly after the crossroads.
- After half a mile, turn left (essentially straight on) when the road turns sharply right.
- Stick to the left when the road forks.
- Take the next left, signposted for Muckwell, Baton and North Hallsands.
- At the end of the road, turn left.
- Continue on this narrow road until you reach the car park and the beach.
No buses stop at Hallsands. The nearest bus stop is Torcross Stores, where the 93 service stops en route between Dartmouth and Kingsbridge. For more information you can download a timetable here.
Beesands is just 1.3 miles from Hallsands beach on foot, making a compact coastal walk amidst beautiful scenery. While short, be aware that it is also extremely hilly, however, and can be muddy – so either walking boots or wellingtons are advised! Walk the length of Beesands and carry on another mile to reach Torcross on the southern edge of Slapton Sands, with its range of amenities.
Scuba divers frequent this beach to explore the underwater ruins of the village.
- Scuba divers frequent this beach to explore the underwater ruins of the village.
Beesands, a longer beach with facilities such as a popular pub/restaurant, an excellent cafe, public toilets and a children’s play area, is a short walk from Hallsands beach or a 10-minute drive.
You’ll find the small shingle beach at North Hallsands tucked in a bay at Start Point, just over a mile from the iconic lighthouse. Hallsands beach is perfect for those who want a quieter day by the sea, away from crowd. There are not the same numbers of amenities one would find at some of the other beaches in the area but, if you remember to pack a picnic, there is no reason why you cannot have a good time at this unspoilt beach.
Hallsands has a very famous local history, dominated by the precarious position of the village and the relentless march of the sea. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the area attracted scores of inhabitants who worked there as fishermen and women, often supplementing their income with other trades, but life there was never for the fainthearted. Efforts were made to strengthen the village’s defences after large-scale dredging had drastically altered the coastline, but the sea walls ultimately surrendered to the ocean after a storm in 1917.
Yet while the battle had been lost, the war was far from over. Patience and Ella Trout, two sisters who had lost their homes in the storm, used the modest compensation they received to buy more land in the village. They applied for a loan and used the money to build Prospect House, a hotel which thrived for 30 years before being redeveloped into a complex of stylish holiday apartments.
The dramatic history of Hallsands is still being written. In early 2016 the Daily Mail reported local efforts to persuade the authorities to protect the beach from continued erosion. This is a place to come to experience Britain’s changing coastline in microcosm.
You can take a short walk to the viewing platform at the top of the new Hallsands village to take in the unbelievable view and history of the area. Snorkelers and scuba divers can experience the dramatic and haunting history of Hallsands closer up, but be aware that this beach is not supervised by lifeguards.
Hallsands beach is dog-friendly all year round. It is also safe for dogs off the lead as there is no main road adjacent to the beach. There is also access to the South West Coast Path for those who wish to go on a longer, and incredibly scenic, walk during their visit.
Hallsands beach is renowned locally as a great place to go fishing, so if this is something which interests you, this is definitely the beach to visit! It’s also an excellent place for a swim with water which is clear and clean as well as relatively calm. However, there is no lifeguard service at this beach so always take care when in the water.
There is a free car park at Hallsands which is a huge bonus in the summer months. One option is to park there and use Hallsands as the starting point for a spectacular coastal walk, taking in Beesands (just 1.3 miles away over hilly terrain) and, for the more adventurous, Torcross, Strete Gate and even Blackpool Sands.
So, if you want to discover somewhere new this summer, head down to Hallsands beach for a day of relaxation and contemplation by the water.
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