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.
Essential flood alleviation works at the junction of Coleridge Lane in Chillington will result in the closure of the A379 between Coleridge Lane and Homestead from Monday 7 February for approximately 10 days. The road will be closed weekdays only.
The published diversion route for through traffic is via Totnes Cross.
Shuttle buses will run either side of the closure per the timetable below.
In addition, an off-peak taxi service will run from Chillington to Kingsbridge, via Stokenham and Torcross, with a subsidized fare of £1 each way. This service must be booked 24 hours in advance – see details below.
SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORT
School transport details have yet to be advised at the time of publication.