South Allington

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The hamlet of South Allington is gives easy access to miles of beautiful coast and countryside on foot for a most enjoyable and relaxing South Devon holiday.

About South Allington

South Allington is a little hamlet near rugged coastline, with magnificent cliffs and delightful coves, lending themselves to coast path walks, which are quite breath-taking. This area is quiet, unspoilt and boasts an abundance of wildlife and birds, including the rare cirl buntings which farmers and naturalists in the area are working hard to protect.

The area around South Allington is said to resemble the shape of a pig, hence The Pig's Nose Inn and Piglet Stores in the village of East Prawle. For walkers, this is idyllic rambling country, which can always begin or end at the popular Millbrook Inn, South Pool, situated just off the main Kingsbridge to Dartmouth coast road.

There are several excellent (and dog-friendly) beaches in the vicinity, including the very remote and beautiful beach at Lannacombe, just a 5-minute drive away, and Beesands, Hallsands, Mill Bay and East Portlemouth - from where you can hop across on a passenger ferry to Salcombe.

The market town of Kingsbridge is less than 7 miles away, and has a good selection of shops,cafés and restaurants, as well as a small cinema and two supermarkets.

A stay in a holiday cottage in South Allington is sure to be a most memorable and enjoyable experience!

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Start Point Lighthouse

Start Point Lighthouse
(2 miles)

Built in 1836 to mark one of the most exposed peninsulas on the English coast, Start Point lighthouse was designed by James Walker and sits on a headland that runs sharply out into the sea on the south side of Start Bay near Dartmouth. Its style is largely influenced by the Gothic movement, and the optic used was the first of its kind. Coastal erosion has affected it over time and the lighthouse was automated in 1993, but it’s still in operation and can now be visited. Tours last around 45 minutes and are on the hour from 11am until 4pm, or 5pm in July and August. Prices start at £4.00 for adults and £2.50 for children – remember to wear sensible shoes and keep in mind that tours are weather dependent… as you might expect!

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Fantastic walk with wonderful views, you'll find the best beach in the South Hams hear, bit of a walk but it is glorious.

December 2016


We really enjoyed our visit. My husband and son had a tour (£5 per adult and under 5's free) and thought it was brilliant. Children under 1.1m's tall can not go on the tour so my younger son and I enjoyed the coastal views which were fantastic.

June 2017



Yawl & Launch Hire Salcombe
(4 miles)

Hiring a traditional Salcombe Yawl or launch is a fabulous way to explore the Salcombe estuary taking in the beaches and wildlife along the way.  The Salcombe Yawl is an attractive 16ft dingy unique to Salcombe suitable for racing or cruising with the family, or alternatively, less experienced sailors can hire a sturdier harbour launch with inboard engine to potter from beach to beach.  Both are available on a weekly basis along with everything you need to have and enjoyable yet safe time on the water.  Sailing tuition in a Salcombe Yawl, or leisurely skippered sails around the harbour are also available in the safe hands of experienced local sailor Scratch Hitchen. 

Yawl & Launch Hire Salcombe (T: 01548 561619 M: 07966 840436)

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Salcombe Dinghy Sailing

Salcombe Dinghy Sailing
(4 miles)

Salcombe is known for its unique sailing opportunities thanks to the spectacular coastline. A favourite destination amongst some of the best in the sailing community, getting out on the water is very much part of the South Devon holiday experience, and at Salcombe Dinghy Sailing, owners Zoe and Ross are a highly skilled, warm and friendly duo who make you feel safe, happy, confident and well prepared on the water whether you’re having lessons, hiring a boat, are a beginner or a practiced sailor looking to sharpen your skills. You can opt for taster sessions, bespoke private tuition, or RYA teaching courses with up to four students per instructor. Just make sure you bring warm, waterproof clothing with you – it can get nippy our there!

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Paper Bird Island

Paper Bird Island
(4 miles)

A beautiful art space on Island Street in Salcombe, Paper Bird Island is where you can ‘let your creativity fly’. Owned by artist Alice Alderson, the walls are painted so that you feel like you’re entering an illustrated tropical island dedicated to colouring in, being creative and if you really want to give it your all, getting the glitter involved as well. Refreshments are available and it’s a wonderful spot to relax in peace whether you’re in a group, on your own, whether you’re bringing children or going as a group of adults. Available for parties or simply somewhere to pop in on a rainy day, it’s a charming space to visit and make your own South Devon souvenirs.

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Fantastic place to while away a few hours with the children entertained. The decoupage was really good and prices pretty reasonable.

November 2016


The kids loved it here, really creative and a great rainy day activity

December 2016



Phoenix Charters

Phoenix Charters
(4 miles)

The ultimate fishing experience for anyone on holiday in South Devon, Phoenix Charters provides sea fishing tours our of Salcombe for bass, cod, pollock, ray, sole, plaice, shark, conger eel, mackerel and other species. This is about quality angling for both the experienced fishing fan and beginners alike all in this beautiful little corner of South Devon. Take in the views, hope for sunshine, and choose from a variety of boats and experiences including private groups and organized tours. Take your catch home with you and enjoy a day well spent in true Salcombe style!

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Millbrook Inn
(2 miles)

A small pub in a beautiful setting serving excellent classic English pub food with a hint of French thrown in.  Here you will find true seasonal field to plate eating using the best produce the local area has to offer accompanied by local ales and good quality French wines.  Sunday roasts accompanied by live Jazz are especially popular. 

Millbrook Inn South Pool, Kingsbridge TQ7 2RW (T: 01548 531581)

 

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The Millbrook Inn clear only wants rich adults to come and visit, its menu does not welcome children and this is a great shame.

April 2017


Great pub, great atmosphere.

May 2017


An interesting and different menu- think top end gastro pub. Lovely place to be, very friendly owners and helpful staff.

May 2017


My husband and I ate at Millbrook tonight, absolutely beautiful meal and great service, thank you!

May 2017


Lovely friendly and helpful staff. The best meal we had on holiday. Children were made to feel very welcome and a very reasonably priced children's menu.

August 2017


Brilliant pub, friendly, fun staff, Charlie the landlord is working really hard to make this a great place for all to visit.

September 2017



Pigs Nose Inn
(2 miles)

A traditional 16th century inn overlooking the green in the pretty, windswept village of East Prawle with regular live music nights, and serving quality pub grub and real ales straight from the barrel. 

Pigs Nose Inn East Prawle, Kingsbridge TQ7 2BY (T: 01548 511209)

 

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This place is like walking into the moulin Rouge.... It's an incredible experience. You never quite know what to expect when you enter into the rabbit hole of East Prawle. However, one thing is for sure, it's all happening in the Pigs Nose. With Atomic Kitten playing last year it draws crowds from far and wide. You would never know what awaits behind the doors of the pigs nose when you drive into the sleepy little village of East Prawle. Whatever the night holds, quiet or explosive, you are sure to be entered. Recently there have been some insanely talented musicians playing at the pub. The landlady and her son gives everyone a warm welcome and makes you feel like your in your own sitting room. It is definitly worth coming the extra mile for.

April 2017


A fantastic pub - wonderful atmosphere, great food, and friendly staff

May 2017


Needs a good clean and then it could be a great pub.

May 2017


What a great pub. Friendly atmosphere, good food and local cider.

August 2017


A really fabulous, relaxed, enjoyable pub, with a great mix of locals, tourists, old and young and lots of lovely dogs. Fabulous food and a selection of games to play too. Really loved it.

September 2017



Piglet Café
(2 miles)

A tiny café on the village green serving light lunches, coffees, cream teas and ice creams.  A good spot to take a break after walking on the South West Coast Path.

Piglet Café East Prawle, Kingsbridge TQ7 2BY (T: 01548 511486)

 

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A beautiful, clean little café with a good menu. Very tasty food and friendly service. Would highly recommend.

May 2017


Really high quality, homemade food with great service. Fantastic!

August 2017



The Cricket Inn
(2 miles)

A light and airy seaside pub and restaurant serving high quality dishes using the excellent fish, seafood caught in the bay and other locally sourced produce.  Plenty of seating, a great kids menu and excellent Sunday lunches make this a family favourite.

The Cricket Inn Beesands, Kingsbridge TQ7 2EN (T: 01548 580215)

 

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Wonderful food and impeccable service. Hope you are in business for a good many years you deserve it

April 2017


Friendly and efficient staff with good choice of food but somewhat limited for vegetarians. Dog friendly.

April 2017


Sunday lunch was very good reasonably priced for location but went back during week had lemon sole on there specials plus one other standard meal and two drinks came to 60 pounds extremely overpriced especially as after charging me 22 pound for the fish the veg was an extra 4 pound .We considered this to be overpriced for what we got .

May 2017


Expensive drinks but food good

June 2017


Lovely pub which always seems to be busy. A varied menu with plenty of fresh fish dishes and juicy steaks. Good service and friendly staff who made the effort to pass the time of day even though they were busy. Nothing too much trouble. Would visit again.

July 2017


Great food and service. Well worth a visit

July 2017


Excellent pub and restaurant. Ate there three times including breakfast. Food was always excellent and service spot on. Would definitely recommend.

July 2017



Brittannia@TheBeach
(2 miles)

Known by locals as ‘The Shack’ this is a great al fresco restaurant and fishmonger serving super fresh seafood just off boat.  Menus change daily depending on what the fishermen have landed, and with just a few tables booking is advisable. Serves breakfasts, lunches and early dinner as well as tasty take away fish and chips; alcohol isn’t available but you are welcome to bring your own.

Britannia @The Beach Beesands, Kingsbridge TQ7 2EH (T: 01548 581168)

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Managed to squeeze us in for an early evening booking - so glad they did. Great food, and top notch service from very friendly staff. Seafood Jumbalaya is wonderful, and rather filling. If you are nearby, and are able to get a reservation do - if not, try the takeaway and each on the beach :)

April 2017


Great food, friendly and attentive staff, dogs made welcome , just perfect.

April 2017


Had a lovely meal at The Britannia. Super fresh fish , great people and it's a BYO. What more could you wish for! Necessary to book ahead as there are only a few tables.

May 2017


Wonderful! Such delicious food and friendly staff.

June 2017


A fave to do- grab fish & chips from their takeaway and sit and eat on the beach. Simply perfect.

June 2017


The best food by a mile in this area of South Devon. We had a lovely evening sat on a bench opposite - we brought our own wine as there's no licence (but this saves on costs!). We had the freshly caught and cooked lobster, 'crack-your-own' crab, and a beautiful bowl of mussels. The lady owner or manager couldn't have been more helpful - we turned up on a Friday night with no reservation, and she went out of her way to accommodate us. If you only go to one place to eat whilst on holiday in the area, then it has to be here. Yes, rustic. Yes, simple. But simple fresh food, cooked amazingly well....and what a view!!! Go with friends and make an evening of it! Cannot recommend highly enough!!

June 2017


Visited a few times during our week in Beesands and also had takeaway. Great food and lovely staff who really know how to look after their customers. Even went out to rescue lost customers after a local road was closed. Will definitely visit again. Make sure you book though, they will squeeze you in if they can but they are always busy.

July 2017



Lannacombe Beach

Lannacombe Beach
(2 miles)

Rugged and unspoiled, Lannacombe is the beach for those looking for total escapism on their South West holiday. Small and perfect for escaping from the summer crowds, it’s one of the best places to visit to simply enjoy the Devon scenery in all its natural glory. There’s a small car park just behind the beach so do get there early in order to guarantee a space, although there is further parking a short walk away if need be. Dogs are welcome at the beach throughout the year and as it offers access to the Coast Path it’s a good idea to combine your visit with a walk to take in the views of sea and countryside, perhaps towards Start Point where there is further parking around 30-40 minutes away on foot. At low tide the beach offers gentle rock pooling so it’s a lovely spot to head to for a quiet afternoon with the family, building sandcastles and eating sandwiches if you remember to bring them. There aren’t any cafes and restaurants immediately on site, so do remember to take anything you need with you, and there aren’t any toilets in the near vicinity either, so that’s worth keeping in mind when you plan your day. If you have been on holidays in Devon and Cornwall before you will also know that you need to watch our for the tide at many of the beaches, including this one in order to avoid disappointment or getting wet, you can pick up a tide timetable at local post offices!

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North Hallsands

North Hallsands
(2 miles)

A quiet beach of fine shingle with a reed bed providing the backdrop, North Hallsands is a picturesque place to visit for anyone staying in one of our holiday cottages in Devon. The beach is divided into north and south, and it’s about nine miles from Kingsbridge facing towards Start Bay. There is level access to the sand from North Hallsands car park, although it is small so keep that in mind in busier months, although there’s also another small car park five minutes away for South Hallsands. You might want to note that there aren’t any facilities or toilets close to the beach, which does mean that it’s fantastically peaceful and an experience that’s all about the natural environment, which ultimately is what we all love about a Devon break! For those bringing their four legged friends with them, the beach is completely dog friendly, welcoming them all year round, so just don’t get carried away with all that fun in the sand and get cut off by the tide in all the excitement. The sand stretches a fair distance at low tide and we wouldn’t want you to get wet!

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Gorgeous beach, but be careful if you have a dog that likes to run as our Border Collie got very sore paws on the pebbles.

May 2017



Beesands

Beesands
(2 miles)

Close to Kingsbridge and a favourite amongst residents and holiday makers in the South West, Beesands is a wonderful mile-long shingle beach surrounded by fields and a freshwater lake. You get a real flavour of the West Country here with fresh crab sandwiches for sale nearby and lots of Devon holiday cottages within walking distance to make it really convenient. The beach has won awards from the Marine Conservation Society as well as having The Blue Flag marker to attest to its excellence and high standards, so families and swimmers can be reassured. The beach is popular for surfing and body boarding amongst other water sports including fishing, so tackle is on sale close by. You can pick up light bites at nearby cafes as and when you’re ready, making it easy to spend the whole day running around on the sand and enjoying your seaside holiday to the max. Beesands is very much a beach for everyone thanks to its convenient location, easy and free road parking along most of the beach, level access, and the toilets, cafes and pubs close by. Dogs are also welcome on the beach throughout the year so the whole family can enjoy it!

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Britannia Fish - Great fish - always fresh and lovely family run business. A must for anyone who likes eating good fish!

May 2017


Ideal for quiet and peaceful holiday with two good restaurants both of which are dog friendly.

April 2017



Mattiscombe

Mattiscombe
(2 miles)

A sandy beach close to Start Point, Mattiscombe is one of those little sandy treasure troves that we all love to find – it’s quiet, peaceful, and without very much around to distract you from the abundant natural beauty. Being a beautiful, secluded beach there aren’t any facilities or activities available here; it’s all about taking in your surroundings, perhaps doing a spot of rock pooling while you’re there, and walking the dog if you have one as they are welcome all year round. The rock formations are interesting and the views are remarkable, so remember to take your sandwiches and really spend some time taking it all in. It isn’t the easiest beach to access as the slope and steps onto the sand are quite steep and parking is at Start Point around a 10-minute walk along the South West Coast Path, so bring some appropriate footwear for exploring!

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A bit of a walk down from the car park but so worth it, arguably the best beach in the South Hams

December 2016



Gara Rock Beach

Gara Rock Beach
(3 miles)

A short ferry ride over the estuary from Salcombe to East Portlemouth, followed by a scenic walk along the coast (around 40 minutes depending on how speedy you are), will lead you to a dramatic headland and beach café known as Gara Rock. With panoramic views of the sea, the café is open for teas, cakes, lunch, and afternoon tea before you descend to Gara Rock Beach below. The beach is a sandy cove flanked by rocks, and can also be reached by parking at the Mill Bay car park which is around two miles away on foot. The beauty of this beach is that it is only accessible either on foot or by boat, so it does have a wonderful sense of escapism alongside its rugged splendour. Although it is a little bit of a climb back up to the café, the proximity of food and toilets means that you can set up camp here for most of the day, dipping into the water as and when you choose if the weather is warm enough. Alternatively, it’s the perfect place for a pit stop if you’re spending the day walking along the coast path towards Prawle Point and Dartmouth beyond. Dogs are allowed on the beach but not in high season, so keep that in mind, and while it’s a slightly tricky beach to get to it’s worth the effort… maybe just see if you can get a takeaway brownie and a cup of tea from the café to keep you going!

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