The village of Stoke Fleming is situated in a stunning clifftop position and enjoys panoramic views across Start Bay. The village is located within a mile of the beautiful family-friendly beach at Blackpool Sands, with its turquoise waters, wooded cliffs and acres of sand and shingle, as well as the popular Venus Café.
Further along the coast road, you'll reach the historic naval town of Dartmouth, with its pretty harbour, castle, and numerous shops, galleries, bars and restaurants.
Following the coast road in the other direction, you'll reach the village of Torcross with its pebble beach on one side and the stunning Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve on the other - a natural freshwater lake separated from the sea by a narrow shingle bar, home to an abundance of birds and wildlife. Torcross has a village shop and Post Office, the fantastic Sea Breeze Café and The Start Bay Inn where you can get some of the best fish and chips you will ever taste!
The picturesque market town of Kingsbridge and the vibrant, somewhat bohemian town of Totnes are both within 30 minutes' drive and offer a great selection of independent shops, delis, cafés, pubs, restaurants and supermarkets.
A holiday cottage in Stoke Fleming offers a scenic spot from which to explore the beautiful South Hams coast and countryside.
Dartmouth Castle has guarded the narrow entrance to the Dartmouth Harbour for over 600 years and today is an interesting and enjoyable attraction for all ages. Thanks to English Heritage’s restoration and careful upkeep, visitors can enjoy the wonderful position with breathtaking views across the estuary whilst learning the fascinating history of this fortress built to protect the harbour from invaders.
There’s plenty to do inside the castle with grisly tales and interactive displays, and if the weather is fine you can take a river boat trip from the town quay up to the castle which makes a nice day out. After you have explored the castle you can visit the Castle tearooms for light lunches, cream teas or a glass of wine in the sunshine.
Giving you an alternative way to explore the attractions of Torquay, Paignton, Brixham, Dartmouth, Kingswear and Totnes along the Rover Dart, the Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company offers a Dartmouth River Cruise, a Sea Train and a trip to Greenway House, the holiday home of Agatha Christie. There’s also a steam train and cruises on a paddle steamer amongst other options, so take a peak at the website for full details. They have offers and discounts available for groups and seasonal fares as well as membership cards if you are so inspired you would choose to visit again or want to buy the experience as a gift for seasoned South Devon holidaymakers.
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An excellent, interesting house which sits beautifully in its fabulous coastal location and with some stunning gardens and grounds - well worth a visit, although when we visited the usually excellent NT café was really struggling to keep up with the number of visitors (in April - heaven help them in the summer!). Parts of the grounds are quite steep, with slopes and steps, but parts are pretty accessible to those with limited mobility or confidence. Thoroughly recommended.
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Enjoyed the pool and the sauna and the jacuzzi - very relaxing
A popular contemporary lounge bar and restaurant, conveniently placed on the coast road with fantastic sea views and plenty of seating where you can enjoy a drink at the bar, light lunch or 3 course evening meal often accompanied by local live music. Plenty of local meat, fish and seafood make up an inviting menu.
Radius 7 New Road, Stoke Fleming, Dartmouth TQ6 0NR (T: 01803 770007)
A traditional village pub with a stone floor, large fireplace and lots of attractive traditional features. The bar serves real ales and good affordable wines by the glass and the restaurant offers classic food including lots of local fish and meat, all at pub prices.
The Green Dragon Church Street, Stoke Fleming, Dartmouth TQ6 0PX (T: 01803 770238)
A light and airy café with alfresco seating overlooking the beautiful beach at Blackpool Sands. A great spot to enjoy a peaceful breakfast, light lunch or sunset dinner, or just a glass of wine or cup of coffee – the speciality here is fresh fish and seafood along with homemade traditional classics.
Venus Café Blackpool Sands, Dartmouth TQ6 0RG (T: 01803 770209)
Small but perfectly formed tea rooms at Dartmouth Castle with panoramic views of the harbour and out to sea. Hearty breakfasts, soups, sandwiches, cream teas and a vast range of homemade cakes are on offer as well as a range of drinks including wines, beers and irish coffees. A great stop off whilst visiting the castle or walking the South West Coast Path.
Dartmouth Castle Tea Rooms Castle Road, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 0JN (T: 01803 833897)
A historic waterside inn with a tempting lunchtime and evening menu including sharing plates, burgers, steaks and seafood. Cream teas and an extensive range of coffees and teas are available during the day.
Bayards Cove Inn 27 Lower Street, Dartmouth TQ6 9AN (T: 01803 839278) 50.348931, -3.577976
Between Dartmouth and Slapton, Blackpool Sands is a beautiful shingle bay on the South West Coast Path, surrounded by evergreens and pine trees. It really is a treasure of a beach to visit while you’re in the area. Award-winning, the privately owned, blue flag beach boasts a sense of being in the Mediterranean on a good day in the summer, although a good jumper never goes amiss in this part of the world! You will no doubt not be surprised to hear that it is in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, however it also boasts ample facilities and things to do. There are showers, toilets and disabled facilities, as well as paddle board, kayak and wetsuit hire available for those wishing to earn their visit to The Venus Beach Café, where light bites and refreshments are served. The Venus Shop also sells all the bits and pieces you might want for fun and games on the beach if you have forgotten them or are in need of extra buckets and spades. The water at Blackpool Sands is known for being clean and clear and tested by the Environment Agency, and lifeguards are on hand in the summer (July to September) so there’s every reason to pop in for a dip. However, dogs are not allowed on the beach in the high season (12th March to 30th October) so keep the walking for the cooler months. There is parking available at the beach with seasonal charges, and you can find out more information on those from the Blackpool Sands information line on 01803 771800. This beach is easy to get to and quite literally fun and games for the whole family, as well as a beautiful place to visit at any time of the year to take in the view!
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Stunning beach, and you can get takeaway cream tea from the cafe to have on the beach!!
Our family 's favourite beach
The cost of the parking steep
Perfect venue for a sunny day! Secluded beach which is clean and tidy, with a cafe, snack bar and shop, beach equipment hire too
A long stretch of beach with spectacular views of the sea stretching into the distance, Slapton Sands is in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and for good reason. Adjacent to Slapton Ley, a freshwater lake that’s home to an abundance of wildlife and one of the many reasons people come to visit the area, the beach has a history of welcoming families in the summer for long days in the sunshine, building sandcastles, surfing, windsurfing and kayaking. It’s amazing to believe that this peaceful corner of South Devon has its place in military history as in 1943 the beach was taken over by allied forces to use as a rehearsal area for the D-Day landings. However, live ammunition and poor visibility ended in the deaths of more than 700 servicemen, so today there is a stone monument in place for Operation Tiger, as it was called, as well as a Sherman Tank at nearby Torcross. On a more current note, there is a beachside café at Slapton Sands for teas, coffees and other light bites, and there are also toilets nearby. The beach has disabled access, and also allows dogs throughout the year, so it really is fun for everyone and very easy to get to. There is parking nearby and in the summer months from May to September there is lifeguard cover. Last, but not least, a small collection of pubs reside in Torcross for those who are feeling peckish after a long day in the fresh air, or if you have been for a nice walk along the sand!
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Great place for a walk along the beach and had some great events for children at Easter. Great fish and chips in the pub at the end on Torcross
Clapton Sands is beautiful. The rocks are the most beautiful colours, wild flowers abound on the beach, the views in either direction are stunning and it is rarely over crowded.One of the most wonderful areas in the U.K.
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Britannia Fish - Great fish - always fresh and lovely family run business. A must for anyone who likes eating good fish!
Ideal for quiet and peaceful holiday with two good restaurants both of which are dog friendly.
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Gorgeous beach, but be careful if you have a dog that likes to run as our Border Collie got very sore paws on the pebbles.
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A bit of a walk down from the car park but so worth it, arguably the best beach in the South Hams