Slapton Ley is the largest natural lake in south-west England. Although it is only separated from the sea by a narrow shingle bar, it is entirely freshwater. The lake is surrounded by reedbeds, marshes and woodland habitats.

It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and was declared a National Nature Reserve (NNR) in 1993. The nature reserve is open daily and there are no entrance fees. As well as being a stunning spot for walking, the outstanding views also make Slapton Ley a great location for film and photo shoots.

The NNR is managed by the Field Studies Council in partnership with the owners Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, Natural England and South Hams District Council.

For more information about Slapton Ley Field Centre, click here


  • Car Parking: Pay and display car park
  • Library: We have a large well-stocked scientfic library.
  • Public Transport: Close to rail or tube stations and bus stops

How to find us

Slapton Ley Field Centre

We are located near excellent transport routes.

13 miles (20km) from Totnes station
20 miles (30km) from A38

As part of our environmental commitment we encourage all visitors to travel by coach, train or public transport. FSC has developed links with First Travel Solutions to help reduce the cost of transport to our Centres. If you would like to receive a quote from First (Education & School Travel), click here or ask our administration team for more information.

How To Reach Us By Train

Totnes Station is on the South West Main Line.

Under 3 hours direct to London Paddington.
Under 3 hours direct to Birmingham New Street.

To make life easier (and as part of our environmental commitment) we can arrange a pick up from the train station for vistors staying at the Centres. Please contact the Centres for more details.

How To Reach Us By Bus, Bike Or On Foot

The 3 Bus Service from Plymouh to Slapton via Kingsbridge and from Dartmouth to Slapton is operated by Stagecoach. The bus stops on Slapton Line and at the village bus stop outside the Centre. For the more energetic, the Nature Reserve is on the route of a national trail, the South West Coastal Path and near Route 28 of the Sustrans National Cycle Network.

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