Stokenham

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Stokenham is a lovely village with several fantastic beaches and beautiful countryside on its doorstep, making it a great spot for a holiday in South Devon.

About Stokenham

Stokenham is a lovely village situated on the main road between Kingsbridge and Dartmouth, less than a mile from the coastal village of Torcross. With two great local pubs, the excellent Stokely Farm Shop and Restaurant, and many fantastic beaches and beautiful countryside on your doorstep, it is a great spot for a holiday in Devon.

There are many picturesque country walks in the surrounding area, as well as the magnificent South West Coast Path which can be joined at Torcross, a dog-friendly pebble beach with breathtaking views across Start Bay. The Slapton Ley Nature Reserve is a fresh water lake here separated from the sea by a narrow strip of shingle, and home to many species of rare birds and wildlife.

The market town of Kingsbridge, at the head of the Salcombe Estuary, lies some 6 miles or so to the west, whilst the historic naval town of Dartmouth is just a little further in the opposite direction along the spectacularly rugged cliff top coast road, that also takes in the popular beach at Blackpool Sands en route.

Stokenham is a delightful village for spending a relaxing and enjoyable break in South Devon.

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Dittiscombe Equestrian Centre

Dittiscombe Equestrian Centre
(3 miles)

As the self proclaimed ‘home of horse riding in the South Hams’, Dittiscombe Equestrian Centre offers horse riding lessons to everyone, whether they’re beginners or seasoned riders. Friendly and professional, they have an indoor school and an outdoor school so you can organise lessons whatever the weather, and you can borrow hats when you’re visiting as well if you don’t have your own. You can opt for private or group lessons, and there are toilets and changing facilities on site as well as plenty of parking. The school is two miles inland from Slapton Sands, so you can also combine your lesson with a trip to the historic D-Day training site and a wander along the beach if you fancy it!

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Start Point Lighthouse

Start Point Lighthouse
(4 miles)

Built in 1836 to mark one of the most exposed peninsulas on the English coast, Start Point lighthouse was designed by James Walker and sits on a headland that runs sharply out into the sea on the south side of Start Bay near Dartmouth. Its style is largely influenced by the Gothic movement, and the optic used was the first of its kind. Coastal erosion has affected it over time and the lighthouse was automated in 1993, but it’s still in operation and can now be visited. Tours last around 45 minutes and are on the hour from 11am until 4pm, or 5pm in July and August. Prices start at £4.00 for adults and £2.50 for children – remember to wear sensible shoes and keep in mind that tours are weather dependent… as you might expect!

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Stunning views from here. Great walk along from the car park, very accessible for all levels of fitness. Visitor centre was closed when we arrived for refurbishment at the end of the season but still worth the walk.

October 2018


Had a really interesting tour at the end of September, which was the highlight of our holiday. Out guide, Mary, was very friendly and informative. Would highly recommend this. Fantastic location and views and very interesting history. Thanks Mary.

October 2017


We really enjoyed our visit. My husband and son had a tour (£5 per adult and under 5's free) and thought it was brilliant. Children under 1.1m's tall can not go on the tour so my younger son and I enjoyed the coastal views which were fantastic.

June 2017


Fantastic walk with wonderful views, you'll find the best beach in the South Hams hear, bit of a walk but it is glorious.

December 2016


Salcombe Paddleboarding
(5 miles)

Based in East Portlemouth, Salcombe Paddleboarding is in the ideal spot for both beginners and more experienced paddleboarders to enjoy the calm waters and hidden coves of the Salcombe Estuary.  You’ll be in safe hands with Marcus and Denny, both qualified ISA Paddleboarding instructors and lifeguards, who provide private and group lessons as well as board hire. 

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Waterborn Stand Up Paddleboarding

Waterborn SUP
(5 miles)

If the weather’s right, Stand Up Paddleboarding is a wonderful way to really embrace the beautiful environment in the South Hams. Based in Kingsbridge Waterborn SUP offers lessons, board hire and a genuinely enthusiastic introduction to the variation on surfing whether you’re a pro or a beginner. They supply high quality equipment and tuition, whilst benefiting from a pretty spectacular learning environment.  They have all the equipment ready to hire, so just turn up with a big smile on your face ready to go!

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Fantastic early morning session with Crispin - got us two oldies up on our feet paddling around the Kingsbridge estuary - what a fabulous way to start the day. Five star - would like to do it again.

May 2018


Very enjoyable - will definitely do it again. Crispin was very helpful.

September 2017


Thank you Crispin for a fab family lesson introducing us and our 3 girls to paddle boarding

May 2017


Harbour House Art Gallery

Harbour House Art Gallery
(5 miles)

Harbour House Centre for Arts and Yoga sits in pride of place in Kingsbridge overlooking the estuary and offers yoga, meditation, Pilates and Tai Chi classes, a vegetarian café and art exhibitions in one beautiful, light filled environment. Friendly, healthy and holistic, they host local artists and a variety of artistic styles, but it’s not merely about observing, it’s about getting involved, so they also have life drawing, painting and arts classes available. The café overlooks the art gallery, adding another dimension to your lunch, but classes are popular, so while you can pop into most exhibitions, it’s a good idea to phone and check availability for classes before you turn up! Full details of timetables and current events on the site!

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A decent enough café, with reasonable coffee and a pleasant ambience, alongside a local art gallery with (when we visited) an eclectic mix of art and artifacts. And if you're into yoga, my guess is that any type of yoga you can imagine is available here. If the weather's nice, the rear courtyard garden is quite pleasant, too.

April 2017



The Tradesman's Arms
(Less than a mile)

A warm and friendly traditional thatched pub in the heart of Stokenham with a cosy bar popular with the locals, and separate restaurant.  Enjoy sandwiches and bar snacks in the bar, or lunch and dinner in the restaurant where the award winning chef creates seasonal menus using fresh local produce.

The Tradesman’s Arms Stokenham, Kingsbridge TQ7 2SZ (T: 01548 580996)

 

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Had a meal in the evening here on the day we arrived as it was close by and after the drive down was just the tonic. Nice atmosphere and great service. Food was good too!

September 2018


We visited The Tradesmans arms many times during our stay at Stokely Barton,and what a great pub it is.Kath and her team make you feel so welcome, and provide just the right atmosphere that you want whenever you visit.

July 2018


Visited for dinner. Food was delicious , staff were friendly and service was excellent. Made us very welcome. Will definitely return.

June 2018


We went there about 3 times although only once to eat. Lovely pub and the Sunday lunch was very good indeed. Nice thing was they offer a small portion for Sunday lunch and as neither of us are huge eaters it was much appreciated and more than adequate at a very reasonable price. Very good atmosphere and very welcoming

June 2018


Lovely pub atmosphere, and the food was outstanding! Make sure you book as people were turned away for lack of tables when we were there.

September 2017


Very accommodating for our large party Excellent lunch.

August 2017


We tried this pub on Sunday evening but the welcome was not very welcome and we only went there once. Food was OK but there was better in other pubs in the area.

August 2017


An excellent pub we have used several times as a refreshment break mid-walk. Their sandwiches are very reasonably priced and delicious. Staff always friendly when we've visited and would recommend.

June 2017


Have visited this pub for past two years and the food and service have always been excellent. High class and friendly establishment.

April 2017


Church House Inn
(Less than a mile)

This dog-friendly countryside pub offers a large restaurant and delightful beer garden. New to the culinary agenda is the Josper oven, an indoor barbecue grill which runs solely on charcoal and gives a delicious flavour to food. The menu features steaks, seafood, Sunday roasts and daily specials.  You’ll also find a selection of local ales, ciders and local soft drinks. Open daily for drinks and from Weds-Sun for lunch, dinner and cream teas.  

Church House Inn Stokenham, Kingsbridge TQ7 2SZ (T: 01548 580253)

 

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Lovely family meal here, very tasty. Great professional service. Dog friendly. Would definitely eat here again.

October 2018


EXCELLENT FRIENDLY SERVICE AND GREAT FOOD IN A GOOD LOCATION AND SURROUNDINGS.

June 2018


Excellent food. Sunday lunch was presented very well & served quickly. Evening food was just as good, with a fairly big menu.

November 2017


Friendly, helpful staff, lovely food

September 2017


We ate at this great pub several times and the welcome was very warm and the food and service was great.

August 2017


Good food, nice setting.

December 2016


Stokeley Farm Shop
(Less than a mile)

A popular food market, deli, restaurant and garden centre in a beautiful setting with a focus on supporting local producers.  Browse the shelves in the farm shop for local artisan goodies or enjoy the delicious food the café has to offer including a range of cooked breakfasts, coffees and cream teas, sandwiches, salads, burgers and pizzas straight from their wood fired pizza oven. 

Stokeley Farm Shop Stokeley Barton, Stokenham TQ7 2SE (T: 01548 581605)

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We have had breakfast at the cafe on a few occasions, and always found these to be great quality and value for money. Lovely staff, too.

September 2018


Nice breakfast and cafe

June 2018


Very convenient.Good shop.Food O.K.but a bit basic

May 2018


Great shop with lovely atmosphere and goods. A little pricey

May 2018


Good feed. Friendly service

October 2017


Great for a variety of food and great pizza and plants.

August 2017


Great selection of local provisions and also home to South Hams Brewery with all beers available and reasonably prices Recommend a visit

July 2017


LOvely but expensive

July 2017


We love this place, probably popped in most days for delicious meat, cheese and treats. We don't eat out often as our dog is nervous around dogs that get too close so eating in can feel like a chore. But with lovely grub from a friendly shop, it becomes a treat. Plus it's supporting the local trade which is so important.

June 2017


Always a favourite for breakfast and for stocking up on delicious things for our holidays in Torcross. The tractor provides seemingly endless fun for a toddler and the friendly staff are all lovely.

May 2017


Excellent small cafe/pizza area, Number One, sells a good range of gifts, many garden related. The plants are healthy, well cared for and reasonable priced and the farm shop produce fresh and good selection. Pleasant helpful staff

May 2017


One of our favourite must go to places. Great food, good setting (with places to play for the kids) and good little shop too).

December 2016


The Bear and Blacksmith
(Less than a mile)

A cosy local pub with a contemporary feel serving good value interesting menus for lunch and dinner, along with coffees and cake from 10am.

The Bear and Blacksmith Chillington, Kingsbridge TQ7 2LD (T: 01548 581171)

 

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What an absolute gem this is! We stayed in Kingsbridge for 2 weeks and ate here about 8 times. Wonderful food, lovely staff and the beer is excellent too. We are going to ring ahead next time we stay in the area and block book a table for every night!!

August 2018


Hospitality and food was excellent. Great Sunday lunch and good seafood. Dog friendly with a lovely atmosphere.

June 2018


Lovely food and great service. Ate here several times during our holiday and would happily recommend.

September 2017


The Boathouse
(2 miles)

A bright and airy restaurant steps from the beach at Torcross offering fish and chips, stone baked pizzas, burgers, salads and a children’s menu along with fresh coffee, tea and cakes served all day.  All tables enjoy panoramic views over the water; there is a terrace to dine alfresco during summer and a cosy wood burner for cooler months.  Dogs welcome.

The Boathouse Torcross, Slapton Sands TQ7 2TQ (T: 01548 580747)

 

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It would be useful to have a menu with prices outside so people could decide if it was expensive as we did.

August 2018


Lovely food, shame it didn’t stay open later than 5pm in the week.

June 2018


Great Food and Drink, wish you were open more evenings, the sharing platters are great !!!

June 2018


Fabulous food, great service !

June 2018


Boat house food is really excellent.

May 2018


Average food but quick service.

May 2018


Very good fish and chips!

May 2018


Lovely place to have a coffee and lunch. Really bright and welcoming. All the staff very friendly and helpful. Lovely and clean. Good value and a must to go to.

May 2018


Excellent breakfast (although a bit dear!).

October 2017


Had great takeaway fish & chips and sausage and chips in late September. Also a fantastic breakfast on the last day of our holiday. Great views of the sea one side and the Ley the other. Would recommend.

October 2017


Lovely place for meals - expensive for family of 5 and very busy but food was good especially the pizzas. Staff very polite and helpful too.

September 2017


Had a very nice meal here with my wife and daughters. The staff went out of their way to fulfil an unusual food order for picky kids. Some nice beers available too - a great way to spend an hour or so after a hard days walking.

August 2017


Good environment but no wifi and a long wait for our orders.

July 2017


Great place to eat and prices are great. Food is exceptional and we went a few times during our stay.

July 2017


Love this place. Reasonably priced food. Great pizzas, nice fresh seafood and takeaway to enjoy on the beach. Really light and spacious interior too. Looks like it was quite recently refurbed.

July 2017


Slapton Sands

Slapton Sands
(2 miles)

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!

August 2018


Lovely walking -

June 2018


Lovely walk for wild flowers, bird watching sea views

May 2018


Clean beach.No plastic.

May 2018


This is certainly a lovely beach and so little rubbish.

April 2018


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.

October 2017


Beautiful beach right across from our Cottage

September 2017


Wonderful nature reserve with well signposted walks.

September 2017


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.

September 2017


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.

May 2017


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

April 2017


Beesands

Beesands
(2 miles)

Close to Kingsbridge and a favourite amongst residents and holiday makers in the South West, Beesands is a wonderful mile-long shingle beach surrounded by fields and a freshwater lake. You get a real flavour of the West Country here with fresh crab sandwiches for sale nearby and lots of Devon holiday cottages within walking distance to make it really convenient. The beach has won awards from the Marine Conservation Society as well as having The Blue Flag marker to attest to its excellence and high standards, so families and swimmers can be reassured. The beach is popular for surfing and body boarding amongst other water sports including fishing, so tackle is on sale close by. You can pick up light bites at nearby cafes as and when you’re ready, making it easy to spend the whole day running around on the sand and enjoying your seaside holiday to the max. Beesands is very much a beach for everyone thanks to its convenient location, easy and free road parking along most of the beach, level access, and the toilets, cafes and pubs close by. Dogs are also welcome on the beach throughout the year so the whole family can enjoy it!

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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.

September 2018


Had a wonderful meal in the beach cafe .

July 2018


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.

June 2018


Beautiful stoney beach with views of Start Point Lighthouse. Tasty fish and chips available, popular pub and public toilets.

June 2018


Lovely place, good food and very dog friendly :-)

March 2018


Britannia Fish - Great fish - always fresh and lovely family run business. A must for anyone who likes eating good fish!

May 2017


Ideal for quiet and peaceful holiday with two good restaurants both of which are dog friendly.

April 2017


Blackpool Sands

Blackpool Sands
(2 miles)

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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Parking charge between £3 - £8 depending on time of year, Also food good but e.g. Hawaiian Prawns (£9) consisted of 5 prawns. Not good value for money.

October 2018


Lovely beach, not sandy but the stones are okay. Good food, beverages, coast guards, Nice view and not so cowded

August 2018


Lovely clean beach in super location along coastal road. Great place to visit.

May 2018


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.

August 2017


Beautiful location but shame it a shingle beach and not sandy. Also very disappointed with the £8 fee to park the car .

August 2017


Perfect venue for a sunny day! Secluded beach which is clean and tidy, with a cafe, snack bar and shop, beach equipment hire too

July 2017


The cost of the parking steep

June 2017


Our family 's favourite beach

June 2017


Stunning beach, and you can get takeaway cream tea from the cafe to have on the beach!!

May 2017


North Hallsands

North Hallsands
(3 miles)

A quiet beach of fine shingle with a reed bed providing the backdrop, North Hallsands is a picturesque place to visit for anyone staying in one of our holiday cottages in Devon. The beach is divided into north and south, and it’s about nine miles from Kingsbridge facing towards Start Bay. There is level access to the sand from North Hallsands car park, although it is small so keep that in mind in busier months, although there’s also another small car park five minutes away for South Hallsands. You might want to note that there aren’t any facilities or toilets close to the beach, which does mean that it’s fantastically peaceful and an experience that’s all about the natural environment, which ultimately is what we all love about a Devon break! For those bringing their four legged friends with them, the beach is completely dog friendly, welcoming them all year round, so just don’t get carried away with all that fun in the sand and get cut off by the tide in all the excitement. The sand stretches a fair distance at low tide and we wouldn’t want you to get wet!

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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.

May 2017


Mattiscombe

Mattiscombe
(4 miles)

A sandy beach close to Start Point, Mattiscombe is one of those little sandy treasure troves that we all love to find – it’s quiet, peaceful, and without very much around to distract you from the abundant natural beauty. Being a beautiful, secluded beach there aren’t any facilities or activities available here; it’s all about taking in your surroundings, perhaps doing a spot of rock pooling while you’re there, and walking the dog if you have one as they are welcome all year round. The rock formations are interesting and the views are remarkable, so remember to take your sandwiches and really spend some time taking it all in. It isn’t the easiest beach to access as the slope and steps onto the sand are quite steep and parking is at Start Point around a 10-minute walk along the South West Coast Path, so bring some appropriate footwear for exploring!

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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

December 2016

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