Start Bay

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For the Royal Navy frigate, see HMS Start Bay (K604).
Start Bay looking north east

Start Bay is the bay in the English Channel in Devon, England between the River Dart's estuary and Start Point. On the coast, from south to north, are Hallsands, Beesands, Torcross, the Slapton Sands, Strete, Blackpool Sands and Stoke Fleming. The South West Coast Path covers much of the coastline.

The 4-gun Royal Navy cutter Friendship was stationed in Start Bay as a patrol vessel between 1763 and 1771.[1]

The United States Army used Slapton Sands in Start Bay to rehearse the Normandy landings in 1944.[2]


  1. ^ Winfield, Rif (2007). British Warships of the Age of Sail 1714–1792: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth. p. 325. ISBN 9781844157006. 
  2. ^ "Operation Tiger". United States Naval History and Heritage Command. Retrieved 14 August 2015.