near Sea View Campsite is stunning, with beautiful
landscapes that remain unspoiled by commercialism
stretching from Dartmouth to Salcombe and beyond. Sea
View Campsite is situated just 1.5 miles from Slapton
Sands, a 3-mile stretch of beach with the village of
Torcross (and several excellent cafes) at its southern
end. Slapton Ley, a natural freshwater lake, lies behind
Slapton Sands, and the Slapton Ley Field Centre runs
various nature activities throughout the summer (see
link below). During the second world war this area was
used to rehearse the D-Day landings. Our campsite was
used as a air field by the American marines http://www.exercisetigermemorial.co.uk/.
who took over the whole area, including the villages and
beaches, because of their similarity to the Normandy
coast. Now peace and tranquillity have returned to our
villages, and the only reminder of those times is a
Sherman Tank in the car park at Torcross.
Award-winning Blue Flag beach Blackpool Sands lies only
5 miles away, with kayaks, wetsuits and so on available
for hire during the summer months, and famous surfing
beach Bantham (where Bantham Surfing Academy runs
surfing lessons and equipment hire) is 11 miles away.
Apart from these beaches there are numerous natural
coves with rock pools where parents can relax and
children can play, fish, go crabbing and build sand
castles, such as Salcombe, Hope Cove and Thurlestone.
There are peaceful beaches and coves away from the
crowds. Walkers can enjoy the many coastal paths with
their wild scenery and flowers, or stroll along the
wooded valleys in the area.
Those who want a little more excitement can head to
Dartmouth, from where you can travel to Paignton on the
Dartmouth Steam Railway or up to Totnes on a river boat.
Dartmouth Royal Regatta takes place on the last weekend
in August every yearhttp://www.dartmouthregatta.co.uk/.
Just outside of Dartmouth is Woodlands Leisure Park,
which provides a great all-weather day out. Woodlands is
the largest family theme park in the South West, and
with water chutes, assault courses, farm animals, bumper
boats and toboggans,http://www.woodlandspark.com/ it
has something for children of all ages.
In Kingsbridge you can catch the Rivermaid Ferry, which
hosts a variety of scenic cruises between Kingsbridge
and Salcombe and around the estuaries at high tide.
Kingsbridge also has a local 3-screen cinema called The
Reel Cinema which is well worth a visit, and if you are
interested in the history or Kingsbridge and the
surrounding area then you can visit Cookworthy Museum.
We have also had several visitors visit the Eden Project
in Cornwall while staying with us https://www.edenproject.com.