Sandy beaches, windswept coastline, and no phone signal: the coastal stretch of the South Hams encompassing East Prawle and East Portlemouth is bliss. A paradise away from the hustle and bustle of busy modern life, this area is the perfect way to escape for the day (or longer). Filled with quirky pubs, and plenty of coastal walks here’s your complete guide to East Prawle and beyond…
East Portlemouth Beaches
If there’s one thing you must do while in South Devon, it’s a visit to the beach! East Portlemouth overlooks the charming town of Salcombe (home to the oldest sweet shop in Devon) and is comprised of a set of small beaches, all tucked away in their own little coves. Fishermans Cove, Smalls Cove, and Mill Bay are all located within minutes of one another and each has its own unique vibe.
Gara Rock Café
The café at Gara Rock overlooks the sea and serves coffee all day long. On offer, you’ll also find a large selection of homemade cakes, as well as refreshing beverages. The café provides the perfect stop-off point for walkers heading out along the coastline. I’ve previously written a full review of Gara Rock Café on the blog if you’d like to read more.
East Prawle Village
The little village of East Prawle is charming, secluded and not far from the sea. Complete with a pub, café, village shop, and central village green, it has all the modern day conveniences away from the rest of civilization.
Pig’s Nose Pub
Just as quirky inside as its name suggests, no trip to the area would be complete without at least a look inside the Pig’s Nose, a pub dating back over 200 years. The interior decor is an ecclectic mix of old meets new, quirky meets modern…. And as such, a drink here (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic for those driving) is always fun!
The Publican (person who owns/ runs the pub) once owned a music hire company and catered to famous acts and bands including Bob Marley, BB King and even Frank Sinatra! as such, a large emphasis is placed on music in the pub and there are often live music performances. You can find all up and coming events on the pub’s website.
Immediately across from the pub, sitting squarely on the village green, you’ll find the Piglet Café. The cakes are homemade (though a little dry)… But what really sells the place is the ambience, as well as the hot drinks on offer. My latté was piping hot, just the way you’d want it to be, and the decor inside was charming.
If the weather is good (which seems to be the case fairly often in this part of the South Hams), you can enjoy your food and drinks at the outdoor seating. Alternatively there is plenty of space inside. Both inside and out is dog friendly to well behaved canines!
Carry on through the little village of East Prawle towards the coastline, and around a mile along the road, you’ll hit a dead end. Here you’ll find a little car park with a path leading towards the coastline. Walk around ten minutes from the car park, and you’ll reach the end of the land.
Here you’ll find the most southerly point of Devon. Known as Prawle Point, the headland looks out towards the sea. The water is often an azure blue along this part of the coastline, and as such makes for fantastic photographs. It’s also a great place to enjoy a picnic, or simply watch the sea.
Elender Cove and Beach
Secluded, sandy and in its own little mini-bay, Elender Cove is everything you could want from a South Devon beach. Its location along the coastline means that it’s still not very popular with tourists and you can often find yourself as the only person within the cove.