Start Bay Caravan Club Site (REF : SRB)

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.

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)

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A good Holiday

A great holiday for us in our motorhome. The site was not to big and beautifully kept, the wardens were always very helpful and supplied any information that could be of help to us. The toilets and showers were spotless. I think the only down side was that some of the roads are very narrow and as long as you go slow and take care all will be fine. The weather was perfect and we had lots of local walks. We will hopefully go again and stay a little longer
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Peaceful 2 weeks

It is 14 years since we last came here and the site is still the same. Clean and relaxing. Showers and toilet block immaculate and wardens were fantastic. They were ‘on it’ at all times when they saw something amiss ensuring the stay for all was as good as it could be. This area has its own mini micro climate and the weather is often different to 6 miles up the road in Kingsbridge. We do not recall the path that now leads to the turn off for the farm shop and think this is new (well done in last 14 years!). As a runner I could never run from the site to the beach as it was only a road access. Now you can run or walk which is great. The beach is pebbly and the best pebbles there are for miles washed down from Dartmoor. Or so my husband tells me as he is a geologist!! We ended up on a grass pitch which we are not so fond of but our guinea pigs loved it and as we are well versed in staying on sloping sites it was not too bad. The one thing we have noticed since we last stayed on a members only site is the way in which the behaviour of a minority of caravanners has changed. Whilst we were there we experienced the following: music played loudly until 1 am, a woman washing her dog under the clean water tap, football played in between vans, children riding bikes and scooters around areas where there were signs saying not to, a full blown tent set up at the back of a caravan when it specifically says ‘no tents’ on the entry to the site, washing machine and dryer left full when the cycles had completed and no one to empty them for another person to use so I ended up doing this, dogs not on leads and when I politely asked the man in the van behind ours to put his dog on a lead as I wanted to out my guinea pigs out in their small run he swore at me and refused and then the obvious one of cars tearing around the site ignoring the 5 mph signs. Unfortunately this type of behaviour from a minority spoils it for the majority.

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what a relief.......

Start Bay thankyou thank you thank you......a lovely site with a great ambience and it just works well. what is special about the site? nothing at all its just a great pretentious free site with simple amenities that work well and staff that are friendly. as said the drive down is a bugger but hmmm maybe come in a diff route and it would be a different experience. its a shame that such a small seaside town has rip off prices on food and ice creams.....cmon £4.90 for a kids tub of ice cream......heck i needed a second mortgage to feed the family lol. back to start bay, maybe a 2nd shower block so that when it comes to upgrading or maintenance work you have a block free. it was great to see kids whizzing about on bikes and scooters and being kids not expected to be quiet and behave.......we take the budgie with us as harry loves it......someone else had an African grey and that was cool. being sited next to the water smelt a bit but we sorted nps with some scented candles......we loved it and will be back (as arnie said) Clarkes from westbury in winnie the motorhome
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The site is very nice and the wardens certainly keep it very clean & tidy. Where it is situated is a very nice walk to the beach and local pub. The down side is the journey from Kingsbridge to the site. This is around six unavoidable miles enroute to the site. There are at least 9 very narrow bits on the road that you have to navigate very slowly and carefully. We had a very bad experience with these obstructions and it has put us off doing the journey again. Some of the local people would not give way and this made it a nightmare with the narrow bits of road, we got stuck several times and feared that we would lose our.Caravan or suffer terrible damage. Ideally you need to know the bus timetables so as to avoid oncoming buses and try especially to avoid days when there may be events in any of the villages. Nice site but like so many others, we won’t go back.
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Start bay

As others have said, quite a difficult final approach, but it's fine if you take it steady. The site is 'long and thin' and has three rows of hard standing. It wasn't full when we were there (although pretty much all the hardstandings were taken) but there are also two rows of pitches on the grass, which gives the impression that, at full capacity, you would be fairly well rammed in, with very little space between the back of the vans, and vans parked with the front of one a few feet from the front of another. Unless visiting Dartmouth every journey tends to involve a trip up the road you came in on, which did make the place seem slightly cut off. The farm shop just up the road is good for most needs, and there are a couple of pubs within walking distance. The Church House Inn is dog friendly, but the Start Bay Inn isn't. We had a week here and it was OK, but probably not a site I'd return to, especially during peak periods
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