The Centre is ideally located above Start Bay with panoramic views of this spectacular coastline. The rural location near Slapton village provides a feeling of remoteness, but with the convenience of the village shop and pubs nearby. FSC Start Bay is a self contained centre with a large secluded garden including a low ropes course, campfire and barbecue area.


  • Capacity: Nine bedrooms with 40 beds. Three rooms are en-suite.
  • Self catering: Self catering kitchen available
  • WIFI: Free guest WIFI is available through-out the centre.

Food at our centres

For one day visits you are usually asked to bring a packed lunch unless it is specified otherwise.

Residential visits include freshly prepared seasonal meals, with a hot breakfast, packed lunch and choice of evening meal. Food is sourced locally wherever possible and we can cater for any dietary requirements. All of our residential centres have been awarded the Soil Association’s Food for Life Served Here Bronze Award which recognises organisations which go the extra mile to make sure visitors are receiving healthy, nutritious and sustainable meals.

FSC Accommodation

We want your stay to be as comfortable as possible. Our residential centres offer a range of room sizes and layouts from single and twin up to larger dormitories. Some rooms are en suite and others have shower and toilet facilities close by. Please contact us if you want to discuss your room requirements.

Each centre also has places to relax during any free time such as a lounge, games room and outdoor space.

Explore the centre and surrounding area

Health and Safety

  • Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge
  • Carbon Trust Standard
  • Food Hygiene rating: 5*
  • Investors in People
  • Secondary Geography Quality Mark (Geographical Association)
  • Primary Geography Quality Mark (Geographical Association)
  • Eco Centre
  • Green Tourism Award Gold
  • Safety Shield Health and Safety Award (Moorepay) Gold
  • Visit England 4*

How to find us

We are located near excellent transport routes.

13 miles (20km) from Totnes station
20 miles (30km) from A38
As part of our environmental commitment we encourage all visitors to travel by coach, train or public transport.

How To Reach Us By Train
Totnes Station is on the South West Main Line.

Under 1 hour direct to Exeter St Davids and Plymouth.
Under 3 hours direct to London Paddington.
Under 3 hours direct to Birmingham New Street.
To make life easier (and as part of our environmental commitment) we can arrange a pick up from the train station for vistors staying at the Centres. Please contact the Centres for more details.

How To Reach Us By Bus, Bike Or On Foot
The number 3 Bus Service from Plymouh to Slapton via Kingsbridge and from Dartmouth to Slapton is operated by First Group. The bus stops on Slapton Line which is a 2 mile walk from Start Bay Centre.

For the more energetic, the Nature Reserve is on the route of a national trail, the South West Coastal Path and near Route 28 of the Sustrans National Cycle Network.


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