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Pete Lawrence - 21 Jul 2017


East Prawle on the southern-most tip of Devon isn't the easiest place to get to but well worth the effort. If you catch if bathed in July sunlight, all the better!

The night before, following a tip-off from a friend, I headed there from Kingsbridge instead of making for the Dartmouth ferry and despite timing my arrival in the tiny hamlet when it was getting dark, pouring and shrouded in fog, it was well worth the diversion and the battle getting amotorhome along those narrow lanes (I came close to either scraping the van or losing a wing mirror around 20 times I reckon). The sight of the lights of The Pigs Nose, on the village green was a welcome one and once inside, and tucking into a well-deserved pint of Cheddar Valley cider, things seemed quite alright in the world.

Having parked up the van in a field referred to as "Sally Tryp's Field" I was unprepared for the enormity of the wraparound 180 degree view across the channel on waking to blue skies the next morning. It was like having my own (well almost, as there were four or five other tents / vans) infinity pool where blue sea meets blue sky.

A leisurely day at the office ensued. I found that I could get reasonable 3G in the east end of the field - enough to do my basic work anyway. The wonderfully-named Piglet Stores on the green has essential supplies and its café next door sells some rather good ice cream, so there's not much reason to stray from the village. After a few hours at the 'desk' decided to walk down to Prawle Point and witness the enormity of the crashing sea on the rocks below - at once mesmerising and awe-inspiring.

After a quick diversion to Gammon Head on my way back up the hill, it was time to sit and contemplate my good fortune to be here, before heading back to The Pigs Nose for cod, chips and peas and another Cheddar Valley. It seems it's a popular music pub, and even The Wirzels appear on their calendar for a pre-Christmas shindig. I might just try and come down again.

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Sarah Huddlestone

Enjoyed reading that Pete, made me want to go to South Hams again. I heard about the Pigs Nose from a Leamington friend who'd been going to the campsite there for years, and then the pub appeared in one of those "10 undiscovered eccentric British pubs" type articles in the Sunday papers and I read about the impressive music industry credentials of the landlord.
I had another reason to want to explore the area through researching my ancestry and discovering a lot of them came from South Hams, including a great uncle who was landlord of the Millbrook Inn just around the corner from East Prawle in South Pool.
We too got tangled up in the maze of lanes trying to find it the first time and ended up doing twenty point turns in incredibly narrow lanes and stripping foliage with the wing mirrors. You can literally end up the creek in that area!

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