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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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Perfect for a peaceful break

A beautiful site that is really well cared for. Nice clean toilet block and a nice size site with good space between the pitches. One thing i liked is that it was quiet, everyone respects each other peace and quiet. There was one occasion where one campervan occupant played some music that had heavy base, and another fellow campervan owner told them to "shut up", which they did. Lots of places to explore in the area with some very nice pubs close by with excellent food, albeit a bit pricey. One thing to bear in mind when getting to and from the site are the roads. There are mostly single track narrow roads so plan your trip before you go. Best route is via Kingsbridge which gives you a bit more room to pass. Beware the use of satnav!!! We will be back here, even if to just sit in a deck chair and sleep!!
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Stunning area of natural beauty

Do not use google sat nav unless you specifically have a route for caravans or motor homes. We have a twin axle caravan and ended up down farm lanes for about 5 miles which can only be described as a hair raising white knuckle drive at low speed. The lanes were only about 8 feet wide with high hedges and loads of blind bends. My husband is an HGV driver and his nerves were shredded. The Kingsbridge to Start Bay road through the villages with pinch points that everyone complains about was a breeze compared to the lanes. The caravan opposite had made the same mistake as us and damaged his caravan. This of course is no fault of the site and it was a relief to get there. The site is meticulously well maintained and the staff were really helpful. The weather was beautifully sunny and it was a joy to chill in the afternoons. We walked to the pub through the graveyard, visited the well stocked farm shop which has a cafe that serves cream teas, went to start point lighthouse (£3.50) which was stunning and is a must, had a shopping day in Totnes which has loads of quirky shops and a bohemian feel to it, visited the local beach which you can walk to and went to nearby Kingsbridge. The site wasn’t overly busy which was a surprise as it was the first week of opening, having said that, we stayed 3 nights and it was busier when we left. We stayed on pitch 15 which was hard standing and generally peaceful. Toilet block was clean with a band system so that no more than 3 people visit at a time. The area really is stunning but sadly our experience of the lanes means we will not be back. Really loved the site and stunning surrounding areas.

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Lovely wardens

Well maintained, mostly hardstanding pitches and grounds. Wardens were helpful and welcoming. Walks all around, but also had a day in Dartmouth. Perfect for Motorhomers that the buses stop right outside the camp and great views all the way. Tip: follow the advice in the book and approach the site from the West. These roads are still narrow in places and we met multiple buses and lorries at the pinch points, but would have been far worse on the road heading from Dartmouth
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Good location for walks, clean and tidy and friendly Wardens

First of all, as per most other reviews there are a few narrow points on the A379 between Kingsbridge and the site but as long as you are careful and take your time they are not a problem (the speed limit is also set at 20mph for the majority of them so you know when they are coming up! As you get to the site, there is quite a sharp 'U' turn to enter the site gate - this wasn't a problem with our car/caravan but I did see a couple of larger motor homes have to turn, reverse a little the enter the site gate. Again not a problem if you are aware and careful. You get a very warm welcome from the Wardens and the site is down in a hollow so you can easily see which pitches are available. The site itself is quiet, well maintained by the Wardens and was regularly cleaned in accordance with the Covid requirements. You can walk from the site into Stokenham (about 10-15 mins) via a footpath and it is worth going to the Church Inn. In the opposite direction (again about 10-15 minutes) and mostly on a footpath and pavement, you can get to Torcross. There is a Pub, Coffee Shop and Fish and Chip Shop there although we didn't try them on this visit. If you take the Coast Path towards Beesands (about 30 minutes) you can visit the Cricket Inn (sister pub to the Church Inn) which was also excellent. The Cricket Inn tends to do more seafood whereas the Church Inn tends to be more traditional food. One other place to mention is the Stokeley Farm Shop and the Tap House which is right next door to the site heading towards the beach) - the farm shop is well stocked, there is a cafe (which we didn't try) and also a Tap House (which is basically a pub/bar in a micro brewery). The Tap House is a little rough and ready but the quality of the beer and cider they sell was excellent - well worth a visit. So overall a very enjoyable week, plenty to do (if you like walking), the roads off the A379 are in places single track and few passing places so be careful if you use a SatNav but then that adds a little excitement! Thank you to the Wardens for keeping the site so clean and tidy!
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Lovely site, very well run. Location is excellent, a 15 minute walk to the beach, 15 minutes walk to Stokenham Village and 10 minutes walk to the exceptionally good farm shop cafe and brewery. The road from Kingsbridge is a bit narrow in places but nothing to worry about if you take it steady and anticipate the narrow bits.If you want to be on the safe side don't leave Kingsbridge between 10 and 25 minutes past the hour and then there is no chance of meeting the hourly bus in the narrows!
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Telephone:
01548 580430

Site information

This campsite is now open. Based on the latest Government guidance issued 8 April, we are pleased to be able to open toilets and shared washing and cleaning facilities (excluding showers) operated in line with Government guidelines.

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.