Chillington - ‘Far from the madding crowd’ yet close enough when you want to dip in …
Compared to the more populous western half of the South Hams peninsular, Chillington sits in the gently rolling hills to the east of Kingsbridge along the A379 in the direction of Dartmouth and within a three minute drive of Start Bay.
Chillington is a ‘grown up’, year round village, with a decent selection of amenities that many of the more well- known South Hams villages such as Bigbury, Bantham, Thurlestone, Hope Cove and Marlborough lack. Within the village, and all easily accessible on foot from Brooklea Lane, there is the Health Centre, the Village Shop Post Office, the excellent Bear and Blacksmith Pub, Sticky Fingers caterers (try their pasties and chorizo scotch eggs), a hairdressers, a physiotherapists and a lovely community centre/recreation ground.
In addition to those amenities listed, nearby villages offer various pub and shopping opportunities: Stokenham is home to the Tradesman’s Arms and the Church House Inn (the latter recently acquired by the owners of the famous Cricket Inn of Beesands); in Frogmore, the Globe Inn and ‘@ the bakery’ and in East Charleton, Ashby’s Leisure Superstore and Co-Operative Supermarket.
Farm shops that supply excellent local produce can be found at Springfield Farm Shop, Butcher and Tearoom as well as the well-established and increasingly popular Stokeley Farm Shop, now home to the South Hams Brewery where local beers such as ’Eddystone’, ‘Wild Blonde’ and ‘Prawn Juice’ can be purchased from the tap room.
South of Chillington lie the delightful villages of South Pool (Millbrook Inn), East Portlemouth (Venus Café and the passenger ferry into Salcombe) and West and East Prawle (Pig Nose Inn), all of which afford easy access to dramatic and beautiful estuary and coastline walks to remote and hidden away beaches and coves – some known only to the locals.
The drive from Chillington along the A379 towards Dartmouth is one of the finest in southern England and the view from the bus is not to be missed. One of the best ways to arrive into Dartmouth is to park at the Castle and then take a passenger ferry (£2.50 each way) into the centre of the town. Once there, Dartmouth, with Kingswear on the other side of the river, combines its wonderful maritime history with the convenience of a modern town offering great shopping and restaurants catering for all budgets.