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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What a relief to finally arrive at this site! The Sites Directory says ' Rd narrows between Kingsbridge and site' - it should be clearer how bad it is! In places it's only wide enough for 1 vehicle and is a complete nightmare to drive along. It twists and turns through several villages where you can't tell if something is approaching round the corners and there are no passing places. We will not be going back here again and left the site at 6.30am to try to avoid as many vehicles as possible. The site itself was good but being just off the road there is some road noise throughout the day. Our pitch was a reasonable size although those with caravans had to park across the front of the vans in some pitches. Facilities are clean and we found the wardens friendly. It's a short walk to the beach at Torcross, partly along a footpath but mostly by the road. The village itself is small and seemed run down. Slapton Ley has a bird hide but you can't walk all round the lake itself. The farm shop next to the site is well stocked but expensive, but there was nowhere else to buy fresh produce in the village. We only stayed 2 nights and that was enough for us.
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Superb site on the stunning south Devon coast

First visit to Start Bay and would love to return. The location is simply fantastic. Torcross beach and the south west coastal path are short walk away, and a little further afield you have Kingsbridge, Dartmouth and Salcombe. A mix of grass and hardstanding, the site is so busy you may not have a lot of choice. We were on a slightly sloping grass pitch but were extremely lucky with the weather, so grass ended up being nicer than hardstanding anyway! Access to the site via Kingsbridge is very tight in places. You would definitely need a stiff drink upon arrival if you were an inexperienced tow-er. Most of the locals are used to meeting vans on the road and help to make sure things keep moving. Roads are very tight in general, and busy even in September. I can imagine that the area would feel very crowded in the height of the summer. Super dog walks all around the site, and a fantastic farm shop/micro brewery/cafe-bar just behind the site. Farm shop also sells all the essentials, and there are 3 pubs within walking distance. Wardens were friendly and pretty diligent. Could have been a little more on the ball in terms of pitching set up (lots of motorhomes with hab doors pointing the wrong way etc).
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Wonderful Site

What a wonderful site,the wardens are very good everything is just as it should be.You can buy a few basics in reception,there is a very good farm shop just down the road with a butcher who us excellent,some grass pitches are very unlevel motohomes beware bring blocks.New style motorhome waste dump great improvement no kneeling down to to remove cover.Two pubs in walking distance 10 mins away..Some road noise from top of site but not too bad.Road from Kingsbridge tight in places caution is required.

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Great site and excellent location

So before you arrive check the recommended route to avoid the very narrow lanes. Take you time from Kingsbridge especially if towing. The site is well managed by the wardens and the facilities are clean and well maintained. Nearby, walking distance is Slapton Ley with its shingle beach and eateries and pub. But much closer is Stokeley Farm Shop and cafe with great breakfast and a micro brewery. It would be perfect if those who unhitch their caravans drove somewhat more slower around the site when coming and going!
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Excellent place

We stayed here for 3 nights and enjoyed it very much. Site was clean and well managed. Walk to the Torcross beach and beach itself was lovely. We also walked to Start Point which was another lovely walk. Visit to the pub in the local village was another highlight as was visit to the local farm shop.

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Telephone:
01548 580430

Site information

This Club campsite is now open and is following social distancing and safety requirements as set out by the UK government. Our priority is first and foremost the health and safety of our staff, our members, our guests and the local communities. Therefore, we are asking all those guests entering reception areas and shops to wear a face covering, so please remember to bring your own with you.
 
Only pay 5% VAT. A 12.5% reduction on all published prices will be applied to your booking when you arrive and pay for your stay on site.