Welcome to the official website of Strete in Devon, England, which is managed by Strete Parish Council. Strete is about a fifteen minute drive from Dartmouth. It is to be found on the high coastal ground at the eastern end of Slapton Sands. It's a good place to stay if you like exploring the local beaches and is also convenient for Kingsbridge, Totnes and Salcombe. Strete is situated on the South West Coastal Footpath and, with a variety of accommodation in the village, it is an ideal location to take a break in your journey. Take time to relax and enjoy the beautiful AONB surroundings.
Heritage sites in Torcross and Slapton have won funding through grants from the Government’s Coastal Revival Fund.
Following a bid by the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and South Hams District Council (SHDC) in July 2018, the team were awarded grant funding.
The funding will be used for the restoration of the much-loved
coastal heritage sites, the Exercise Tiger D Day tank at Torcross and the
obelisk at Slapton. SHDC, along with the AONB, are part of the Slapton Line Partnership
(SLP); a group of partner agencies who work to protect Slapton and its
The Partnership has been awarded £44,380 for the renovation of the tank memorial at Torcross. Funds will also be used to move the D Day obelisk and plinth, which commemorates Exercise Tiger, to protect it from the encroaching sea. The obelisk will be moved away from the sea which caused so much destruction to the A379 road following the Beast from the East in March 2018.
Nicky Bailey from the AONB, said: “The evacuation of South Hams villages and the D-Day practices are an important part of the area’s history. We’re delighted the grant has been awarded; it will ensure that people will be able to appreciate these memorials in years to come.”
During May, the Slapton Line Partnership and SHDC will be looking to sit down with the key stakeholders to provide more information and detailed plans.
Alan Denbigh, Chairman for the Slapton Line Partnership, said: “Colleagues in the South Devon AONB and South Hams District Council have worked with the Slapton Line Partnership to help us successfully bid for funds which will go towards preserving and enhancing two key and prominent monuments along the Slapton Line.”
Thanks to Phil Cruse for recovering the temporary sign used last summer at Strete Gate.
Due to its location, Strete Gate Car Park is often overlooked by visitors to the area.
Following the collapse of Slapton Line in March 2018, visitors to the area to inspect the extent of the damage found the route terminated at Strete Gate. This caused some unreasonable parking that resulted in temporary chaos.
To help with the parking restrictions imposed, Strete Parish Council erected a temporary sign to inform visitors where the car park at Strete Gate could be located.
It was decided to make the temporary sign permanent for the 2019 season and Phil was asked to help.
The car park has a pay and display parking meter and this year the money received goes towards the maintenance of the toilets as well as the car park.
Regular users and visitors are asked to respect the parking restrictions in the area and to pay the car park charges due for the time spent in the car park.
Work to reinstate the A379 at Slapton has been completed and the road is due to open to the public on the evening of Tuesday 23 October.
The link between Slapton and Strete Gate was washed away by Storm Emma in early March. Following a number of environmental and unexploded ordnance surveys, contractor Alun Griffiths Ltd started work on the road in July and have responded positively to get the road re-opened within seven months of it having been washed away.
We have a drop-in meeting just for us about Slapton Line reinstatement:
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