The Parish of Stokenham, bounded by the black line on the map, covers the whole of the southern half of Start Bay, from Slapton Sands to Start Point and on to Lannacombe Beach. It encompasses the villages of Torcross, Beesands, Hallsands, Kellaton, Kernborough, Dunstone, Beeson and Chillington, as well as Stokenham itself, covers an area of some 20.6 square kilometres, and has a population of approximately 2,000.
The seven larger settlements and many smaller hamlets and 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, with connections available to Plymouth (change for Derriford Hospital), Salcombe, Dartmouth, Totnes (our nearest main line railway station) and Exeter. The parish also enjoys the service of The Coleridge Bus, a community bus providing weekly runs from outlying areas to Kingsbridge. There are airports at Plymouth and Exeter.
Save the date – Saturday 14 October – for the annual parish Apple Fayre on Stokenham Village Green! Preparations are already underway: the large oak apple press has been booked, parties of foragers and scrumpers have been organized to collect and bag apples from the Chillington, Beeson, and Stokenham community orchards, and we expect to press in excess of 1000 litres of apple juice for visitors to enjoy and take away! In addition, there will be produce stalls, teas and cakes, wine and cider, a barbecue, and free entertainment for all the family. Watch this space for more information!
Please come along to a drop-in workshop on Tuesday 25 July, from 3pm to 7pm, in Stokenham Village Hall and have your views heard on the future of the Line!