Welcome to the official website of Strete in Devon, England. It is run and administered 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 the gateway to a wonderfully scenic stretch of coastal footpath which goes to Stoke Fleming, via the stunning Blackpool Sands, in one direction and Strete Gate and Slapton Sands in the other. Up to now, the Strete Gate stretch has gone along the main A379, in the particularly narrow part, until it dropped down Old Hill.
But anyone who has travelled through Strete recently couldn't have failed to notice the heavy earth moving equipment currently in Asherne Fields. It is the very exciting first stages of the much-needed final part of the coastal footpath which once completed, will take walkers from the village straight down to Strete Gate beach following a new off-road route.
It is a collaboration with SHDC, DCC, Natural England, AONB, Coastal Footpath Association, the Ramblers Association, the Parish Council and others and has been the dream outcome providing the funding could be found. DCC and Natural England have funded the works with a small contribution by Strete Parish Council. The path being created from the village is taking shape very quickly, but there will be a short delay before it can be completed due to a need to carry out a full munitions sweep. An unexploded device has already been found on this first part, so thorough sweeping on the remaining parts is imperative and can't be hurried. There are also some structural features to be built just out of sight from the new entrance. It is hoped this will be completed in the next few months and the path can be opened. Access to the public can't be permitted before it is completed and as soon as a date has been set for this, it will be added to this page. Once the path is opened, an amazing opportunity to see previously unseen views with a quicker, much safer off road route direct to the beach will be available for all walkers, whether local or visiting and will be a regular outing for many!