Surrounded by stunning countryside and situated a little way off the beaten track, East Allington is a true hidden gem. Well-known as the home of one of the region’s most popular pubs, it also provides some lovely views and enticing rural walks.
When the 2011 Census was conducted, East Allington’s population was recorded as 721. That’s quite an increase from the 596 recorded in 2001, but perhaps not surprising given that it feels very much like a working village, home to an active local community and lots of families, as well as retirees and others.
Getting to East Allington
East Allington is conveniently located, being just a short distance from the A381. The approach roads can be narrow, but they’re compensated for by some lovely views in places.
Join the A381 east after leaving Kingsbridge (from Fore Street, Belle Hill or the A379, this will involve turning right onto this main road). Follow the A381 for three miles until you see a right turn signposted for East Allington. Carry on down this lane for a little over a mile and you’ll come to the village.
From Dartmouth (Hallwell)
Leave Dartmouth on the A3122 and after seven miles you’ll come to Totnes Cross, with a garage to your right. Turn left to join the A381 and continue for one mile, then take a left, signposted for East Allington. Turn right at the next crossroads, and right at the next T-junction onto Dartmouth Road, which will take you into the village
The Mounts is a tiny hamlet on the A381 with just 17 houses. It’s officially part of the Parish of East Allington, and located about one mile from the main village.
Things to do and points of interest
For many people, East Allington is synonymous with its village pub, The Fortescue Arms, while it’s also a nice place to set off on a range of walks.
The Fortescue Arms
The Fortescue Arms is a favourite haunt of locals as well as visitors who’ve been lucky enough to make the discovery. It’s well-known for its warm welcome to those who want to pop in for a drink or sit down for a meal. Customers are permitted to bring their dogs (bar area only) and families are encouraged, while the owners request that children remain seated and supervised.
The menu focuses on traditional pub classics, in keeping with its cosy rustic décor and village location. Take a look at the lunch, dinner and Sunday menus on the Fortescue Arms website.
East Allington Church
St Andrew’s Church stands in an elevated position close to the Fortescue Arms. A Grade II listed building, the parish church was enlarged in the 14th Century (with origins probably in the century before), then underwent extensive work in the early 1500s before a major restoration in the 19th century.
The church is famous as the venue for the announcement during World War II that large parts of the South Hams were to be evacuated for what turned out to be the D-Day preparations.
The village shop
There’s a small village shop off Laburnum Way. It’s easy to miss, being off the Main Road. The nearest supermarkets are in Kingsbridge, just five miles away, where you’ll find a Tesco and Morrison’s.
The East Allington Wacky Races
The East Allington Wacky Races began in 2005 and ran annually for 10 years, raising £30,000 for charity. Since the previous organisers decided to step down in 2015, they’ve so far been unable to find anyone able to take over the reins, but it’s hoped the tradition will be revived at some point. Find out more from the Kingsbridge and Salcombe Gazette.
Holidays near East Allington
The South Devon countryside makes a wonderful place for a holiday, with its picturesque villages, relaxed pace of life and simple pleasures like traditional pubs and secluded walks. Coast & Country Cottages offers an extensive selection of village properties, from beachside holiday cottages to rural farmhouses. Here are some of our properties in easy reach of East Allington.
The Granary (sleeps 6)
Shepherds Cottage (sleeps 4)
Both of these properties have parking for two cars, so you can come and go as you please, making the most of Buckland Court’s ideal location.