Walking

Walking trail

Prawle Point walk

Walking trail

This walk is full of drama: heart thumping cliff-top climbs, with rocky raised beaches below. Look out for the sunken Demetrios below Signalhouse Point and don't miss the ancient boundary stones that dot the landscape. Call in at the Coastwatch visitor centre to find out more about this wild and beautiful landscape.

Map

Map route for Prawle Point walk

Start:

Prawle Point car park, grid ref SX775354

1

From the car park join the South West Coast Path and turn right towards Gara Rock. Walk up the hill towards the look-out at Prawle Point, soon passing the row of coastguard houses.

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2

Continue west along the coast path, through a gate, and onto the clifftop of Prawle Point. This headland, the most southerly in Devon, has served on and off as a coastguard station and Lloyds signal station since the 1860s.

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3

Continue along the path as it climbs past cairns (built by walkers) and through the stone walls of ancient fields these are protected Scheduled Monuments and are hundreds, if not thousands, of years old. At Signalhouse Point a late 18th-century admiralty semaphore station once stood on the summit, similar to that near Soar. Follow the path as it cuts through the rock and out over Elender Cove, with views to Gammon Head.

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4

Keep on the coast path, past a steep detour to Maceley Cove, and go through the gate and onto Gammon Head, taking the new path up the incline.

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5

Continue along the cliffs to reach Pigs Nose; an unsuccessful iron mine operated here from 1857 to 1860, its cliff-face adit now hidden amongst the gorse. Turn inland at the waymarker, up the path and through a gate. Ignore the next gate and instead turn right and head uphill, with the wall on your left. Pass through a gate into a green lane, and at the next junction of paths go straight ahead to eventually emerge onto the cliffs, alive in summer with orange tip, heath brown and red admiral butterflies, as well as crickets. Ignoring all paths down to the right, keep to the higher path until you reach a lane which leads up to the road. Turn right and back to the car park.

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End:

Prawle Point car park, grid ref SX775354

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Prawle Point walk

Terrain

Some steep climbs and uneven paths, which can become muddy in winter. Dogs are welcome, but please keep them on leads and be aware of grazing sheep.

Prawle Point walk

Contact us

Prawle Point walk

How to get here

Address
East Prawle, South Devon
By train

Totnes, 16 miles (26km); Plymouth, 24 miles (38km)

By road

A379 from Plymouth and A381 from Totnes both meet at Kingsbridge. A381 continues south to Salcombe and A379 heads east to Torcross. Take A379 until Frogmore, then head south following South Pool, then Chivelstone and finally East Prawle.

By foot

South West Coast Path continues on east side of estuary, going from East Portlemouth to Torcross, via Prawle Point.

By ferry

Daily ferry services from Salcombe, across estuary to East Portlemouth (all year) and to South Milton Sands (April-October); also from Kingsbridge to Salcombe (May-September).

By bus

Regular services, Totnes and Plymouth city centre to Kingsbridge; service, Kingsbridge to Salcombe and Thurlestone; service, Torcross to Dartmouth, Kinsgbridge and Plymouth.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Route 2, Totnes to East Portlemouth on east side of estuary; see Sustrans.

Prawle Point walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome on leads