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.
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Well worth a visit. We walked there and took the ferry back. Best of both worlds!
Giving you an alternative way to explore the interesting towns and beautiful countryside along the River Dart, the Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company offers many different trips including the popular Round Robin including steam train, river boat and bus taking you from Dartmouth to Paignton and back again !
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Round Robin wonderful day
Fantastic river boat & steam boat cruise. Helpful friendly staff.
Operating from the pontoon at Dartmouth, a trip out on the Picnic Boat is a great way to experience the beautiful scenery of the River Dart and enjoy some delicious food along the way. No soggy sandwiches here, guests can choose from a delicious menu of locally caught seafood; a huge array of salads, cheese and cooked meats; cream teas, breakfasts and lots more. The Picnic Boat is also fully licensed with a selection of wines, champagne and other drinks on offer.
Boat-hire company in the centre of Dartmouth offering a range of rigorously maintained small motor boats and launches, perfect for a day messing about on the river. Boats are available to hire by the hour or by the day with all safety equipment included.
Dartmouth Boat Hire N Embankment, Dartmouth TQ6 9SW (T: 07850 118920)
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A 1920s country retreat that takes you back the the age of jazz; this National Trust property was once the home of the D’Oyly Carte family. The house has been built in the arts and crafts style and is imbued with 1920s elegance while the garden is RHS accredited and is brimming with plants from the Mediterranean, South Africa and New Zealand. Taking you back to a bygone era it’s an opportunity to see servants’ rooms and a home filled with a sense of music and joy, echoing the family’s Gilbert and Sullivan connections.
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Excellent. The mood of the era is captured in the house. Gardens are magnificent.
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.
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)
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One hour forty minutes for two courses, so very slow, but the food is excellent. Child friendly.
Excellent hosts and food is amazing in choice and quality with a wide cocktail & drinks menu, highly recommend
Very good food service a little slow but food made up for it
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)
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Nice pub, good food, would recommend
We had a lovely meal. The landlady was extremely welcoming. The food was hearty and tasty. Would recommend booking on the weekend or high season
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)
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Popped in for a takeaway breakfast on the beach at the weekend. Could have been anywhere in the world - absolutely stunning location and good food using quality ingredients. It's definitely not the cheapest but you get what you pay for.
This cafe is as good as it gets. The location is idyllic, the food and drink are delicious, the staff are friendly and, to top it all, the cafe owners have made it as sustainable & environmentally friendly as possible. Full marks.
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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Lovely beach, not sandy but the stones are okay. Good food, beverages, coast guards, Nice view and not so cowded
Lovely clean beach in super location along coastal road. Great place to visit.
Beautiful clean beach with excellent facilities.Clean toilets lovely cafe and shop.Lifeguard on the beach.No dogs allowed.Plenty of parking.We enjoyed rock pooling at the far end of the beach.The owner does a great job.You can also visit Blackpool Sands garden but we did not have time.Also a juggler was there on the day we went great fun for everyone.
Beautiful location but shame it a shingle beach and not sandy. Also very disappointed with the £8 fee to park the car .
Perfect venue for a sunny day! Secluded beach which is clean and tidy, with a cafe, snack bar and shop, beach equipment hire too
The cost of the parking steep
Our family 's favourite beach
Stunning beach, and you can get takeaway cream tea from the cafe to have on the beach!!
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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A totally unspoilt stretch of beach with wild flowers and wonderfully coloured rocks. We were lucky to be staying on a stones throw away and spent a few happy hours there with our dog watching the locals beach fishing in the evenings - bliss!
Lovely walking -
Lovely walk for wild flowers, bird watching sea views
Clean beach.No plastic.
This is certainly a lovely beach and so little rubbish.
Really interesting area and good walks along the coast and by the Ley. Generous provision of toilets and parking and a number of places to eat. Would particularly recommend The Start Bay Inn, The Boathouse and Seabreeze Cafe at Torcross. Also very handy that there is a bus should you want to walk one way and get a bus back. Very beautiful and peaceful.
Beautiful beach right across from our Cottage
Wonderful nature reserve with well signposted walks.
Beautiful stretch of shingle beach - dogs allowed all year. Not many facilities - we went to the Strete end of the beach as there is a great little coffee hut there - great coffee and friendly staff.
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.
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
Far from the bustling crowds of Paignton and Brixham’s bigger beaches, this small pebbly cove is a truly relaxing spot. The calm waters are great for swimming and are said to have been one of Agatha Christie’s favourite bathing spots. Elberry Cove even features in one of her crime thriller novels, The ABC Murders. This picture-perfect cove, surrounded by sloping wooded hillsides and crystal clear water, can only be accessed by the coast path, with the nearest carpark at Broadsands Beach. From here, it is only a 10 - 15 minute walk, but make sure to pack a picnic or grab a bite to eat at Broadsands Beach before you set off, as there aren’t any facilities at here. Dogs are welcome on the beach throughout the year.
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Lovely quieter beach, dog and BBQ friendly. We had teens that hired kayaks from nearby Broadsands beach and paddled around the coast to meet us. Very accomodating kayak hire and not too expensive.
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Bit scary driving down to the beach due to the narrow road but worth it when you got there. Had fish and chips and ate them on the tables that were provided while looking out to sea.
Had a wonderful meal in the beach cafe .
We've been coming to this general area for over 20 years now and have stayed in many of the surrounding villages . This was the first time we'd stayed in Beesands - but we had walked through it on our coastal walks on many, many occasions. We both loved the peaceful charm of the place - secluded , tranquil and away from it all . But unlike Hallsands (next village along) , it does have two places where you can eat ( The cricket Inn and the Britannia0)and they are both very good . The beach is great - shingle - but really uncrowded in June . ( We were lucky with the weather) and on a clear,sunny day - it is quite magical. ( What a shame the water is so freezing cold !!) This stretch of coastline is stunning - and even if you do no other walks - walk over to Hallsands and read about the old village that was washed away in January 1917 - or just drink in the stunning views . I love this part of Devon and it never fails to take my breath away when you stand on the coast path near the lighthouse and look back across Start Bay to Hallsands , Beesands , Torr Cross , and over towards Dartmouth. Wonderful.
Beautiful stoney beach with views of Start Point Lighthouse. Tasty fish and chips available, popular pub and public toilets.
Lovely place, good food and very dog friendly :-)
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.
The decent to St Mary’s Bay is one of the bet views in Brixham, with panoramic views of the English Riviera. This beautiful, unspoilt beach has a carpark nearby, but we recommend walking there to make the most of the stunning surroundings. The sandy and shingle beach is sheltered by steep cliffs on either side, which means the decent to the beach isn’t easy, especially for those with mobility disabilities. There are no facilities at the beach, but visitors can take the coast path north to Berry Head Nature Reserve, where there is a great café and toilets, as well as stunning coastal views. Dogs are welcome all year, making St Mary’s Bay a great place to take a well-earned rest on your dog walk.