The naturist part has grown over the years. A very accessible beach about 3/4 mile long and of golden fine shingle (or tiny pebbles). Backed by picturesque cliffs and fauna ablaze with colour in the spring. The beach has beautiful views up and down the coast.
Just south of Dartmouth, Slapton sands is a very long beach, with the naturist part at the northern end. Park in Strete Gate car park - if coming from Dartmouth it's the first car park immediately at the bottom of the hill after you have passed through the village of Strete. Note that during peak summer spaces can be difficult to get after 11am, the next car park is a mile further on towards Torcross! So arrive early in July and August.
Though not sand the shingle is smooth and comfortable to lay on but walking long distances on it can be hard work. Be aware that, depending on the tide level, the beach can shelve quite steeply into the sea. The sea is a crystal clear blue (on a sunny day) but always cold due to the wide open expanse of the beach.
Though very popular, and with all ages, the size of the beach means it is never crowded.
Turn left out of the car park along the beach (there is a path at the back of the beach which is easier to walk on) and the first naturists start appearing a short way along, about 2 - 3 mins walk, then the naturist beach extends for about 3/4 mile (1km) to the end. It is a rural beach and whilst there are toilets at the car park, there are no refreshments within walking distance, so take food and drink.
Unofficial, though has been used by naturists for many years and in the past has been recognised by the local council as a nudist beach.
Sea is good but very cold (even in summer). Water very steep off the beach with strong currents.