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Start Bay Caravan Club Site

Stokenham, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 2SE

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Ideal for ...

  • Beach stays
  • Cycling
  • Dogs
  • Families
  • Motorhomes
  • Walking

Why stay here ...

Start Bay Club Site is situated on a long and gently sloping meadow, surrounded by attractively well-kept shrubs and trees for an added sense of privacy. This perfect countryside location is a mere three quarters of a mile away from the sea, making it an excellent destination for those craving a classic summer holiday. Bird enthusiasts will not be disappointed when visiting the caravan park as it's within easy reach of the local bird sanctuary at Slapton Ley. If sailing is your passion, you can conveniently moor at East Portlemouth to explore the marvellous harbours and creeks of this lovely coastal area.

The beach near Start Bay Club Site offers excellent sea fishing - keen anglers are advised to bring along their tackle to make the best of their getaway. The Start Bay Inn is a short walk away and locally renowned for its excellent fresh fish and chips. Just a few steps from the pub, the charming Seabreeze Cafe, located on the beachfront, serves delicious cakes, coffee and light lunches. The caravan park is also conveniently placed for the interesting excursions around the historic town of Kingsbridge, which is renowned for its excellent food, attractive buildings and an old-world charm. The picturesque coastal towns of Dartmouth and Salcombe are both nearby and also offer great dining and shopping options. If you fancy a change of scene, the bustling city of Plymouth can be reached by bus. The city has some great maritime features and boasts the fantastic National Marine Aquarium, full of weird and wonderful sea creatures.

Things to do on site ...

  • Playground

Facilities on site ...

  • Baby changing facilities
  • BBQs allowed: charcoal, gas
  • Disabled facilities: facilities for wheelchair disabled
  • Disabled shower room
  • Dog walk from site
  • Dog walk on site
  • Drive over waste disposal for motorhomes
  • Electric hook-up
  • Family washroom
  • Gas
  • Gaz
  • Laundry facilities
  • Motorhome service point
  • Toilet block
  • TV reception: poor
  • Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi charge
  • Wi-Fi rating: Silver

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Walking notes:

Good walking routes are the coastal path and bridleway about 0.75 miles from the site.

Check out our ViewRanger walk.

Supermarket notes:

The closest are Morrisons and Tesco in Kingsbridge, about 6 miles from the site.

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Directions

Please only use these recommended directions for the final approach and not sat nav, due to unsuitable roads for towing. Turn left off the A38 (Exeter - Plymouth) onto the A384 (signposted Dartington, Totnes, Kingsbridge). In Totnes turn right onto the A381. In about 10 miles at the Stumpy Post Cross roundabout, turn right (signposted Kingsbridge). In 2 miles at Palegate Cross roundabout turn left towards Kingsbridge. In 1 mile turn right (signposted Dartmouth, Kingsbridge town centre). In the town centre follow signs to Dartmouth on the A379. The site is on the left in about 6 miles (0.25 miles past Stokenham). The road narrows between Kingsbridge and the site. Please Note: do not turn into lane to Stokenham, the site entrance is directly on the main A379 road. No parking available between A38 (Buckfastleigh) and site.

Sites key: Club Site

Postcode:
TQ7 2SE
GPS:
Lat 50.27213 / Lon -3.665011
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OS field ref:
SX814427
OS map ref:
202
Handbook map ref:
E1

Transport links

  • Bus stop within 1 mile
  • Buses go to: Dartmouth Plymouth
  • Daily public Transport within 1 mile
  • Nearest park and ride: Dartmouth, Brixham and Salcombe
  • Nearest port: Plymouth (30 miles)
  • Shop within 1 mile

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A very nice site - just be aware of finding the best way to get to it

Start Bay Caravan Club Site
I have approached this site from two directions (from the South & the North) over the past two years and would recommend that you come in via Totnes regardless of where you started from. Neither route in is free from narrow passing places but at least the A381 is a wider road than the A379 to Kingsbridge. After Kingsbridge, all bets are off as you'll encounter 5 single stretch patches of road (2 of them blind before you enter). The two Charleton villages need care to navigate through and the bridge over the Dart is single use (esp in a caravan). The site page has the recommended route in and this is the one you should take.. but be prepared for some tight passing and confrontations with buses who use the route from/to Kingsbridge & the site. Once arrived the site is well presented and cared for. We thought the cleanliness levels were very good and the site is well kept. The hardstanding is made of some unusual material - very hard to penetrate but then has a consistency of cream cheese underneath (and as a consequence the pegs come out very easily). Grass pitches there are a few that are flat but the majority are quite steeply sloped. Bring blocks with you for two legs and the jockey wheel- I'd suggest you'd need 6'-8" for each, at least. In the location, shops and pubs are beginning to return to normal and there are enough places to eat out without needing to drive. The Micro-brewery is well worth a visit and is very reasonably priced & is a mile from site. The attached farm shop is good for meat, eggs cheese, bread, milk, some frozen goods, tea, coffee etc. We had no need to shop in Kingsbridge for what we needed. We returned this year (and knew what the drive in would be like) but no plans to return next year as our luck might run out on the roads. There are many easier sites for access in the club and in the South West. The site was busy and so not so quiet but that was OK with us. Phone signal was poor, we used a mobile wifi dongle that got decent 4G when left in the roof of our eriba.

Huw Edwards

Reviewed on 05/08/2021 17:57

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Good for families

Lovely area - shame about the staffing

Start Bay Caravan Club Site
We based ourselves here for two weeks and we did have a good time. The site is really for the confident caravanner as the best route takes you through villages with many narrow stretches so take it easy and be patient travelling from Kingsbridge on arrival and when leaving. Follow the directions as listed here or you may run into real trouble on narrow lanes (and I mean narrow). The area is gorgeous we loved Dartmouth and would recommend the park & ride if staying in the town for a few hours - or buying a multiple trip card on the ferries as that makes your crossings much cheaper if you are heading for Brixham or Paignton. A card for ten trips (you have to opt for your favoured ferry as you can't mix them) costs £25 a saving of over £30 for five individual return trips. As for the site, it's in a lovely spot with two footpaths - one to Torcross and the shingly beach or the other which takes you into the local village and a decent pub - The Church House (do book if you want to eat here). It's no more than a ten minute walk from the site. It's not really a site for smaller children as it's steep and the play area is very small. Our main criticism of this site comes around the shower block and the wardens I'm afraid. In the ladies, the showers are outdated with no shelves at all just three hooks, the water pressure is intermittent and the temperature is cold or very hot. The units with basins have no doors at all - there were hooks so there may previously have been shower curtains however these had been removed (probably due to Covid19) so there was very little privacy. Not a huge deal for us with a caravan but a little more annoying for those in camper vans or similar. We found the shop/ reception was often not open even though it says clearly it will open all day however several times we went to it and it was closed. This is rubbish when you want tokens for the washing machines or dryers or need something else. On the day we arrived we were early and were happy to wait from 10.30am, however the reception wasn't opened until noon. When the toilets are closed for cleaning, no alternative was provided, the disabled loos were cleaned at the same time and there was a bit of a 'that's tough, you'll have to wait' attitude. We also came back one day to find our twirly washing line had been moved as we'd put it on the 'wrong' piece of grass behind our van to the slight left of the back. The only reason we knew a warden had done this was because another caravanner told us. No message no note. We've never experienced that in our almost ten years using club sites. Also the wardens seemed to be obsessed with cutting the grass, as I write this on our penultimate day, in the pouring rain, the grass is being cut again. It would be more helpful to have the shop open more often than cutting the grass every five minutes. While the wardens did operate a light touch, they seemed to run to their own secret timetable.

scotts

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Reviewed on 05/08/2021 12:02

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5 Days in south Devon

Start Bay Caravan Club Site
We have just returned from Start bay site and found the site in excellent condition with a light touch warden approach The general appearance of the site is excellent with grass, flower beds all looking beautiful The facilities block is kept very clean but I hope they are getting near the top of the list for refurbishment The drive in is tight in places using the recommended route but having driven the other routes as we toured around we can see why the caravan club only suggest this one We visited Dartmouth,kingsbridge,Salcombe and Burgh Island during our stay all within easy reach of the site We had a lovely dinner at the Queens arms in Slapton on our first night which we enjoyed , the pub is very dog friendly The Seven stars pub in Kingsbridge was very good Most pubs need to be booked in advance as we wanted to try the Church Inn which looked lovely when we stopped for some refreshments

colin417

Reviewed on 30/07/2021 02:41

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Start Bay Caravan Club Site
Everything we wanted from a campsite. Close proximity to beach at Torcross, farm shop, micro brewery and pub in Stokeham - all within walking distance. Country roads a bit narrow in places so having access to public transport ideal.Kingsbridge worth the short bus trip - much less stressful than driving. Technically could cycle but roads quite hilly and busy. Medium sized site with mixture of hand standing and grass pitches, some not too level. Well worth a visit.

LozzaS5

Motorhomer from East Lothian

Reviewed on 23/07/2021 14:33

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Start Bay Caravan Club Site
Stayed for 10 nights in June/July 2021. Location is excellent as detailed in many other reviews and standards are high as on most club sites. There is a mix of grass and hard standing pitches but I find it annoying that we are unable to book a hard standing pitch. It is just a free for all, first come first served system. Unfortunately the majority of grass pitches are seriously sloped. We endured one night on a ‘hillside’ grass pitch before moving to a hard standing pitch the following morning. Grass is not desperately awful but serious slopes certainly are.

Wayne Ellis

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Reviewed on 12/07/2021 07:51

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Site information

With our campsites busier than ever right now, we'd really appreciate your support with a few things to help everyone have a safe and enjoyable summer. Please be mindful of site arrival times (as they do vary), keep children and pets close by and within sight, and ensure you keep your speed below 5mph. Thank you!

All internal shared facility areas, including toilet and shower blocks, wash up areas, laundry rooms, drying rooms and information rooms will be fully open, however in order to continue to protect our staff, we will still be requiring social distancing, and the wearing of face coverings in our reception areas for the time being.

Remember, you only pay 5% VAT until 30 September 2021, then 12.5% VAT from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022 on Club campsite prices! All you need to do is book your holiday as normal, and the discount will be applied to the appropriate rate when you pay on site.