South Pool, South Devon
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The whole county of Devon is quite literally littered with pretty villages. Each one has something to offer and worth a visit.
We came across South Pool whilst exploring the South Hams countryside and in my opinion, it is worth an hour or two of your time.
South Pool is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty and is a picture postcard village. It is situated 8 kilometres south-east of Kingsbridge, South Devon and is reached by car via narrow windy lanes, single lane at times.
It is possible to arrive by boat or kayak, but the creek is very tidal so you will need to check the tide times before taking this option.
The surrounding scenery is stunning so be sure to absorb the visual delights on the drive to the village.
South Pool a nice location to explore on foot as there are public footpaths connecting different parts of the village. We managed to park our car (there is very limited parking available) and made a beeline to the creek crossing, just down from the picturesque bridge.
There are stepping stones to allow you to cross the creek on foot at high tide and this area also allows for cars to cross too. The tide was in when we were there and a few of the stones were just covered with water, but it was still crossable, and no one got their feet wet!
There is a wonderful pub, The Millbrook Inn,
in the centre of the village which has built a reputation for it's fabulous 'pub grub' as well as a great place to enjoy a beverage or two whilst soaking up the atmosphere with good company in a traditional English pub.
SouthPool is a quaint place with oodles of charm with just 152 full-time residents.
The village church is pleasing on the eye and dates back to the early 14th Century, with numerous additions throughout the latter centuries. It is thought there has been a church on this site since the 11th Century.
Enter the church through the studded plank door (which is believed to be 17th Century) and appreciate the arches, stone corbels and stained glass inside.
Enjoy the peace and quiet and take a few minutes to reflect on past times.
Take note of the pretty stained glass window on the right side when sitting in the church and compare this to the scene by the bridge in the village.
What a lovely touch this is and a lovely vision of someone to capture in this quiescent English village.
If you visit South Devon, be sure that you grace South Pool with your presence, you will be glad that you did.
For those readers who would like to know the definition of a village;
a village is classified as a group of houses, together with other buildings, such as a church and a school, in a country area.
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