The Parish of Stokenham  covers the whole of the southern half of Start Bay from Slapton Sands to Start Point and on to Lannacombe Beach.  It includes Torcross, Beesands, Hallsands, Kellaton, Kernborough, Dunstone, Beeson, Chillington and the village of Stokenham itself.   It covers an area of some 20.6 square kilometres and has a population of approximately 2,000. Take a tour of some of the villages by clicking on the following links:



The seven larger settlements and other smaller hamlets / farms are connected by miles of narrow country lanes, byways, bridleways and footpaths.   The main arterial route in and out of the parish is the A379 which runs North to Dartmouth and West to Kingsbridge.   This route is serviced by the  First Western National Bus Company,  which from Kingsbridge goes on to Plymouth change for Derriford Hospital or from Kingsbridge connects with Salcombe or Totnes (nearest railway station) and Exeter. There are airports at Plymouth  and Exeter. 

The parish also enjoys the service of The Coleridge Bus, a community bus providing weekly runs from outlying areas to Kingsbridge.


For the seafarer both yachtsmen and others and in conjunction with neighbouring coastal parishes a visual watch from Prawle Point is kept all year round.  Watch hours 0800 – 1700 all year plus 1700 to dusk in the summer.

Tel 01548 511259 for current weather.

Image of bluebells in Widewell Plantation


Recently opened to the public by the kind courtesy of  Ed & Jane Welch, Widewell Plantation is an ancient 8 acre wood where people can enjoy the wildlife, exercise their dogs and visit the viewing point overlooking Start Bay.    Best approached by parking in the public car park adjacent to the Church House Inn, Stokenham and walking up the lane across the main road.   The "stile" entrance is the first on the left and the main entrance further up the lane, past Mattiscombe cottage.   Please take care as the woodland walks are steep in places.


Image of sunset over Slapton Ley
Kim Greening

Winter Sunset on Slapton Ley

If you have a photograph of the parish you would like to submit for photograph of the month, contact the Web Master c/o The Clerk, Mrs. Gill Claydon, Highfield, Kiln Lane, Stokenham. Tel. 581185.