Start Bay Caravan Club Site

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Great Site

Recently returned from a week at this great site. Well located for the seaside and Slapton Ley, Start Bay is a well kept and well managed site, with helpful and friendly wardens. There is a small shop on site with locally supplied bread, bacon etc and various bits and bobs for your van should you run out. Virtually next door is farmshop and cafe. There are numerous walking and cycling opportunities from the site, buy a map in the campsite shop. The site does run along side the road down into Torcross so there is some road noise, but having said that it was not a busy road whilst we were there and we were not bothered by it at all. There are some wonderful out of the way places to visit, lots of narrow Coombes and valleys to explore by foot or bike. Must say a big thank you to the wardens for helping us out when the stand fell off one of our bikes and for keeping the facilities very clean. All in all a great site to stay at. We hope to be back soon.

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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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Well kept site

We came here from another C & MC site where we had had a warm welcome from the warden and told that - having a continental van - we could drive onto the pitch or reverse, it was our choice. However, on this site the warden who greeted me was very officious and said there was no choice, we had to drive onto the pitch. I tried discussing this but he was immovable. Not a warm welcome from him at all. He was everything that I dislike about some of the wardens. However, we made the most of our few days at this site which is very well kept. Yes, the road to the site is very narrow and you need to be prepared to do a lot of reversing if you meet a bus! But we cycled down into Torcross and caught the bus to Salcombe one day and Dartmouth the next day.

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So good we came back

We have been to start bay 6 times and love the site and the area. Booked for 10 days then kept adding days to extend our stay and after having to leave after 21 nights max we went to Merrose for 5 nights then came back ! Yes agree with previous comments re the approach roads are rather challenging but so worth it when you arrive and walk to the beach. The site is very clean and very well maintained. The wardens are great very helpful and always busy keeping the site tidy but always time for a chat . Struggled a bit to get reservations at restaurants etc but ste at the Bear and blacksmith and was really impressed with the food and service . Great fish and chip shop on the beach front and great coffee and cakes form the beach hut at Strete. Walked the beach several times so didn’t feel guilty having the cakes ! We walked the coastal path from Blackpool sands out past start bay light house - not all on the same day ! Stunning scenery spoilt by inconsiderate dog owners who don’t clean up after their dogs . Found that to be a problem on the path between the site and stockleys . So be careful. Stockleys farm shop well stocked and not to expensive good quality produce from the butchers . On site cafe is good aswel. . Some lovely shops there Relish has an excellent stock of unusual items worth a visit . Salcombe pretty and worth a visit as is Dartmouth although found the restaurants to be charging over 17.00 for fish and chips ! All in all this is a lovely site with fab friendly wardens . Can’t wait to get back next year
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So Good to be Away

Agree that the approach roads do have a number of pinch points, with characteristic Devon winding roads but a pretty route which we navigated OK until we reached the 'land slide' where a 15min delay occurred! (putting it mildly hahaa). Arriving at the site and approaching the reception was civilized and booking in was safe with social distancing. The Warden had reserved a pitch for us to accommodate our 8m MH, very considerate gesture. The pitch was suitable as far as we were concerned, albeit sharing 'our' grass with occupants of a van with hab door facing us. Our only humph was that we were not aware a TV lead was required, and we decided not to pay £16 at reception for another one. Hey Ho, we were on holiday and no TV was fine by us. We chose not to use any of the toilet block facilities although I understand there was a wrist band system in operation. The Site is in a Great location to walk and/or peddle into Torcross and along the causeway, we also took advantage of the Bird Hide overlooking Slapton Ley nature reserve. At Torcross The Start Bay Inn, Torcross Boat House and Sea Breeze Cottage worked out ingenious methods of serving externally whilst being compliant with the social distancing regulations. The farm shop, cafe and Brewery Tap Room next to the site appeared popular but we only popped in to look once so no idea of prices. The Church House Inn at Stokenham can be walked to, via the site, a lane, a field and church graveyard. The site is on a bus route and we found out too late that the bus would stop outside the site on request! I particularly was very pleased to finally visit Slapton Sands and take in the WW2 history connected with the area. We were just happy having a long awaited holiday in our MH. No problem at all with staying at this site should we wish a return visit to the area.
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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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