The awesome thing about coming home from travelling is spending quality time with old friends for the first time in ages (must think positive thoughts, must think positive thoughts…). We’ve dabbled in discussing the trials and tribulations that we face once we’re home, so it’s important to spend your time doing things that you can be truly grateful for – and that keep your thoughts occupied! I had been home for less than a week when my best friend and I decided to take a trip to East Prawle in southeast Devon.
Getting to East Prawle
We were driving from Torquay, that is up the coast from East Prawle, but due to the estuary at Dartmouth it’s not as simple as you would think, and the roads actually end up taking you quite far inland. Now, Tor’s driving in hilarious – she’s a town girl so country roads stump her, so we had a hilarious moment involving her dubious reversing skills and a flock of sheep. I always say it, but let this be a warning: the skinny country lanes are not for the faint-hearted.
The parking in East Prawle is free, but consider using the facilities – i.e. the one shop and the pub – to make it fair. Bear in mind that we were there in February, so it wasn’t exactly banging.
Walking in East Prawle
To make ourselves feel less guilty about the pub lunch that we were about to indulge in, we attempted a walk. East Prawle is actually a village of my childhood: it has a couple of campsites that my family and I used to go to when I was tiny. They are right on the beach, which has a fantastic rock pool selection (watch out for the weaver fish!).
Then wind was blowing a gale, so we avoided walking down ‘heart attack hill’ to the beach, and instead opted for following the roads towards the coastline, and headed down a footpath towards the large flat cliff top fields. The fields were muddy, and we were wearing expensive leather boots – dress appropriately.
The Pigs Nose Pub in East Prawle
Now, the bit that we’ve all been waiting for: the pub. The Pigs Nose is a proper Devon country pub, with barrels in view, a fireplace, and comfy armchairs. They have a selection of board games (we went for Scrabble) and an array of bizarre decorations. The menu was small but concise, and we took the easy route out by having a sandwich each. We must have got there just in the nick of time at 12.30-1pm, as within half an hour it was heaving with families. It wasn’t necessarily the cheapest pub I’ve been to, but as a girl who works in the pub industry, I can safely say that no pub in Devon is.
Have you been to East Prawle? Do you intend to check it out over the Easter break? I see from their Facebook page that they have events over Easter, so I definitely recommend it. Perhaps you have some recommendations of other places to explore in Devon? Let me know if you do!