Stoke Fleming | South Devon Village Guide
February 15th, 2017 | By Ross Purdy
100 metres above Start Bay, Stoke Fleming offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in South Devon and probably the country. The view from the edge of the village extends from Blue Flag-awarded Blackpool Sands all the way to rugged Start Point and its iconic lighthouse. With a friendly pub and popular restaurant in the village, combined with its position as a waypoint on the South West Coast Path, it’s no surprise you’ll see hikers galore on your visit.
Dartmouth is less than three miles from Stoke Fleming by car, making this historic harbour town a natural place to visit for sightseeing, shopping or dining. As well as a host of individual shops and galleries, there are also supermarkets (a Sainsbury and Lidl at the top of Dartmouth and an M&S food and Co-op in the centre) for taking care of groceries and other practical matters.
In the other direction along the A379, the pretty market town of Kingsbridge is just over 12 miles away. Between Stoke Fleming and Kingsbridge are some charming coastal and rural villages such as Torcross and Stokenham, as well as the beaches of Start Bay.
Parking in Stoke Fleming
Stoke Fleming has limited on-road parking and there is a small, free car park close to the centre of the village. Leave the A379 onto Church Road when the road bends sharply next to the village shop. Go straight, passing the Green Dragon pub on your right and continue onto School Road until you find the parking bays to your left.
Stoke Fleming pubs and restaurants
Stoke Fleming’s location on the South West Coast Path, around four-to-five miles from Dartmouth on foot and less than a mile down to Blackpool Sands, makes it a popular spot for walkers to take a break. Thankfully, there are a few great places to grab a bite and rest your weary legs in the village.
The Green Dragon
Refuelling at the Green Dragon is practically a rite of passage for walkers from Dartmouth. Stop for a drink or make a day of your coastal hike by enjoying a Sunday lunch before walking it off on the return leg. For diners, there’s the option of the Mess Deck restaurant area too. You can book a table by calling 01803 770238.
With an impressively stylish shabby-chic interior and stunning sea views, Radius 7 is the kind of lounge bar and restaurant that few villages can claim. The food, most of which is Devon-sourced, is all cooked to order, meaning it can be prepared according to most dietary requirements. The drinks menu is also full of flavours of the West Country, from ales brewed in the South Hams to Heron Valley fizz and Luscombe juices. Give Radius 7 a call on 01803 770007 for more information or to book.
Venus Café (Blackpool Sands)
Less than a mile on foot and a three-minute drive from Stoke Fleming, you’ll come to Blackpool Sands, one of our best-loved beaches.
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This unspoilt cove of fine shingle is home to a Venus Café and Takeaway. It’s time to shed any preconceptions you have about beachside shacks and diners – the food here is freshly prepared, mostly locally sourced and often organic. From mussels or lobster to mouthwatering steaks, there are meaty, seafood-based and vegetarian options a-plenty.
Such is the reputation of the Venus Café and Takeaway that it’s often busy during the winter, thanks in part to the roaring log fire.
Stoke Fleming Village Shop and Post Office
Stoke Fleming has a well-stocked shop on the main road through the village. You’ll find it just as the A379 bends sharply (to the left if you’re coming from Dartmouth; to the right if you’re coming from Start Bay/Kingsbridge). You can find out more about the shop and its services on its Facebook page.
There’s also a mini-supermarket at the petrol station, which is by the entrance to the village (coming from Dartmouth) on the A379.
Stoke Fleming Village Hall
If you’re planning a big party or on the lookout for community events, Stoke Fleming Village Hall is a good venue for a range of functions and activities. Occasional performances by groups such as Dartmouth’s Inn Theatre Company are performed there, and the village has its own resident group, the Stoke Fleming Operatic and Dramatic Society. It’s also home to library service and often used for sporting gatherings, such as table tennis and indoor bowls. The main hall can seat 300 people, and there’s a smaller room equipped for 30. There’s a fully-equipped kitchen, too. Find out more at: http://www.devonvillagehalls.co.uk/StokeFleming.
Playground and playing fields
The Village Hall sits on the edge of a large playing field with a nice playground for kids and an unusual petanque area (a type of French boules).
Stoke Fleming Church
St Peter’s Church in Stoke Fleming, a 13th century building which underwent major reconstruction in 1871, is situated just off Church Road in the centre of the village. The 18th century bells were restored in 2016 following the award of a grant from the Lottery fund. You can find out more about the project, the history of St Peters and the work of the bell ringers here: https://www.stokeflemingtower.org/.
Walks from Stoke Fleming
Being on the South West Coast Path means that there are plenty of signs around to help you find your way down to Start Bay or to Dartmouth. We’ve put together a visual guide to the walk from Dartmouth to Blackpool Sands to let you know about some of the easily-missed coves and other points of interest along the way.
Holiday homes near Stoke Fleming
Planning a holiday around Stoke Fleming? Here are some self-catering options for your break.
Just over two miles from Stoke Fleming in the unspoilt village of Strete, you’ll find Seaway House, a three-bedroom detached house with a lovely private garden.
About a mile from Dartmouth and a few minutes’ drive from Stoke Fleming, Warren House is located on the beautiful grounds of Little Dartmouth Farm. This cosy former farmworker’s cottage is ideal for those in search of tranquillity.
Hillfield Village is a peaceful development of luxury properties around three miles from Dartmouth and a little less to Stoke Fleming. From little lodges to imposing detached houses, we offer 21 holiday homes to suit all requirements and budgets.
If you’re visiting relatives in Stoke Fleming perhaps, or looking for a location ideal for a walking break, then Dartmouth could be the perfect option for your holiday. With exceptional holiday homes available, from the contemporary elegance of our Dart Marina apartments to the visionary Old Library, we offer around 120 fantastic properties in this peaceful harbour town.