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Start Bay Caravan and Motorhome Club Site
Stokenham
Kingsbrigde
Devon (South)   (Browse area)
TQ7 2SE   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01548 580430

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Pitches: 93
Open: 18/03 To 07/11

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 15 Reviews
              9/10 from 15 Reviews


Units accepted:   No Tents  Caravans  Motorhomes 

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Date of Visit: June 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Percy on tour 44 reviews from this member

Start Bay boasts all the full C&MC facilities, maintained to the usual high standard and with friendly and helpful staff. It is laid out on terraces in a steep valley that has the advantage of shielding campers from high winds, but also from good TV reception. We only managed to pick up ITV channels - although you can buy an aerial extension from the campsite shop for 20 which will enable you to plug into the signal booster available on the ehu pillars.

A few minutes away are the beaches at Torcross and Slapton Sands (which if you want to avoid paying the steep parking charges can be cycled to more or less on the flat - a rarity in this part of Devon). Supermarkets, shops and filling stations are available in nearby Kingsbridge and Dartmouth. Meanwhile, Ashby's general store on the road to Kingsbridge also stocks a wide range of caravan and motorhome accessories, consumables and spare parts.

Unfortunately, the A379 in this part of Devon is quite narrow and winding, which makes touring further afield time-consuming. It is also why it is important to follow the site's direction instructions in order to avoid taking satnav routes that are unsuitable for towing. However, if you prefer you can let someone else do the driving and catch the regular Service 3 bus outside the campsite that serves the towns and beaches nearby.

All told, a delightful place to stay - especially when the sun is shining and the beach is beckoning.

Date of Visit: April 2017 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Vashka 13 reviews from this member

Second time visiting this campsite and really like everything about it. The wardens are really friendly and helpful, the location is great, facilities all good and the sun even shone!

We just stayed for one night over the Easter weekend but wished we could have stayed longer. Easy walk to Torcross and then you can either walk along the beach (if the tides out) or along the coastal path to a lovely pub called the Cricket Inn at Beesands. We didn't eat there but the food looked great. We decided to eat at the Start Bay Inn after seeing all the good reviews but wasn't that impressed to be honest.

As we visited over bank holiday, the bus service wasn't particularly good but think it's a good location to stay and get the bus to Dartmouth.

Will definitely visit again.

Date of Visit: September 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Lbarkas 73 reviews from this member

Just returned home after a week's stay - our fourth in 25 years as it is always so memorable. This time it was very busy despite the schools having just started back, so mainly retired couples like us. We did many of the same things as previous years but tried some different eateries. Did the walk from the site taking in Stokenham, Beeson, Beesands, Torcross, stopping for tasty fishy lunch at Brittania@Beesands. We had been advised to book since it is only a small open-fronted 'shack' with about 20 covers, beside the beach, though they also do takeaway service.

Salcombe is still as delightful. We usually drive to East Portlemouth, park up (limited free spaces), walk down the hill to take the passenger ferry across the estuary (1. 60 pp each way). Another good fishy lunch at The Crab Shed where I enjoyed my moules frites.

On an earlier stay, we drove to Dartmouth (used the P&R at 5 per vehicle), then caught the river taxi upstream to Dittisham where there are a couple of places to eat - a pub and a cafe/restaurant. We used the latter and enjoyed an al fresco fishy meal with a bottle of white. Beautiful location once again.

The walking in the area is delightful, particularly along the coastal path, but some rocky climbs in places. We have a couple of publications with descriptive routes or there are downloadable routes available from the Internet. Lovely clean beaches if that is your thing, with the privately owned Blackpool Sands (charge payable) about 5 miles away in a stunning location (note - dogs not allowed). The main downside to experiencing this area and all it has to offer is accessibility since there are many narrow lanes, high hedgerows to be negotiated with care. Arrival/departure for the site can be tricky from the A38 south of Exeter, via Dartington, Totnes and Kingsbridge, as we had found on previous stays but this year we travelled on a Sunday in the hope of meeting fewer large commercial vehicles, plus there is a reduced bus service (double deckers too). We left just before 7am and it was fine, meeting little traffic, so our early start paid off.

The site is of the usual high CC standard - friendly wardens, spotless facilities, neat and tidy grounds. Arriving at midday, we were thankfully able to choose a hardstanding pitch, but the grassed, sloping area behind us did cause a few problems after rain for some. Wifi was quite good considering the full occupancy for most of our week. TV is poor so the aerial socket on the power bollard is useful.

Not sure that we shall revisit again since we now prefer less busy locations, stress-free motoring, fewer people, but over the years the South Hams area of Devon has left us with some very happy memories.

Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Jonnmedds 60 reviews from this member

A lovely site in a great location which was up to the usual Caravan Club standards.

As has been mentioned, the route recommended by the club is a little narrow in places and could scare those who are less confident, though if you take it slow it's ok. All other routes to the site are a lot worse.

We were greeted by friendly wardens and chose a lovely grass pitch in the centre of the site. All grass pitches are on a slope are also a little unlevel side to side, so you may needs levelling blocks. There is a little noise from the road, but it's not too bad.

Toilets and showers were always clean. The on site shop also sold the basics. For a bigger shop there is a Morrisons and Tesco 20mins away in Kingsbridge.

Location is good, just 15 min walk from the beach. Kingsbridge, Dartmouth and Salcombe are a short drive away.

In all a lovely site, though not cheap.

Date of Visit: May 2016 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Beattie08 22 reviews from this member

Three nights here, on Devon/Cornwall tour.

Nicely laid out, clean tidy site. On the A379, so could be a little noisy on the top pitches. We had pitch 43 at the bottom of site, was quiet enough for us.

Friendly helpful wardens. Reception selling the essentials, plus bits and bobs (cards, maps etc)

Well stocked information room.

No 3 bus into Dartmouth. Scenic ride plus a nice town to mooch about.

Plenty of walking from the site too. Torcross only 10-15 mins walk, mostly footpath, small section along road (behind the white line!) The Start Bay Inn, pleasant pub with good food, beer. Small shop post office in Torcross.

10 mins walk via footpath to Stokeham village. Ate in The Tradesman Arms and The Church Inn. Preferred TCI, Good atmosphere, excellent food, beer. The night we were in a Jazz band was playing!

Circular walk via Stokenham, Beeson, Beesands and Torcross.

Cricket Inn at Beesands well worth a try. Friendly with good food.

Stunning rocks on seaside walk back to Torcross ( if the tide is out)

Enjoyed our stay, will return when next in Devon.

Date of Visit: May 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Mistrelyn 12 reviews from this member

Better late than never they say so finally getting around to leaving feedback on our May tour.

We came to this site from Chew Valley and stayed for 4 nights from 31st May.

Lovely site and staff in a lovely spot. We have come to favour Devon over Cornwall and this site and area is now one of the reasons. We tend to just tour around stopping off here and there and this area is ideal for that.

The small shop in Torcross is fine for the day to day supplies and there is Stokely farm shop and restaurant next to the site that is very good.

There is a nice enough walk for the dogs either via the corn field footpath to the village of Stokenham or turn right up the hill and go that way around to the village and back through the field. You can call in for a pint as well!

Will definitely be back

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