The village of Stoke Fleming lies 100 metres above the waters of Start Bay in South Devon, on the A379 road that runs from Dartmouth along the shores of the bay and then inland to Kingsbridge on the Salcombe estuary.
The coastline of the bay is a succession of golden beaches and small coves, separated by rocky cliffs and headlands The panoramic views along the bay have an almost Mediterranean feel.
The heart of the village is very much as it appeared in photographs from a hundred years and more ago: a narrow, winding main street flanked by high walls and the front doors of plain-fronted houses. From where the village shop sits on a corner a side road leads up to the parish church, pub, bowling green and primary school.
To the south the road leads steeply down to Blackpool Sands, a long ”Blue Flag” beach flanked by cliffs and bordered by tall pines. It is one of the area’s main attractions, with an attractive café and shop, and providing opportunities for various watersports as well as being a popular playground for families.
In the opposite direction, and virtually on Stoke Fleming’s doorstep, are Dartmouth and the River Dart, which offer a wide variety of things to do, afloat and ashore.
Inland, steep valleys and rolling hills lead to the hamlets and farms that make up the rest of the parish – Embridge, Bowden, Venn, Ash and Bugford.
Dartmouth & the River Dart
Totnes & Kingsbridge
Attractions & Activities
|Post Office & Village Store|
|Woodlands Leisure Park||www.woodlandspark.com|
|The Dartmouth – Hotel, Golf, Spa||www.dgcc.co.uk|
|Fast Rabbit Farm||www.fastrabbitfarm.co.uk|
|Start Point Lighthouse||www.startpointlighthouse.co.uk|
|Coleton Fishacre house & Gardens||www.nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre|
Food and Drink Discoveries (Outside the parish and out-of-town)
|The Laughing Monk,Strete|
|Normandy Arms, Blackawton|
|Anchorstone Café, Dittisham|
|Ferry Boat Inn, Dittisham|
|Waterman’s Arms, Tuckenhay|
|Maltster’s Arms, Tuckenhay|
|Start Bay Inn, Torcross|
|Tower Inn, Slapton Village|
|Cricket Inn, Beesands|
|The Shack (Britannia at the Beach), Beesands|
|Millbrook Inn, South Pool|