You can have lots of adventures along this dramatic and rugged stretch of the South Devon coast
Nature and wildlife through the year
Prawle Point is a haven for wildlife, including the Mediterranean oil beetle and other rare insects. You may find it easier to spot birds such as shags, cormorants and fulmars, or even the rare cirl bunting singing from the gorse and blackthorn bushes. In the summer look out for butterflies too, the point is home to both the small pearl bordered and dark green fritillary species.
You'll find carpets of wild flowers along the cliffs - bluebells, sea campion, thrift and wild carrot in late spring and early summer, changing in late summer to purple autumn squill.
Coastal fun for families
This relatively undiscovered part of South Devon is a good spot to get away from more crowded areas of the coast, especially in summer months. There’s great rock-pooling to be had – look out for spider crabs, strawberry anemones and starfish, plus coves and beaches to be explored from the coast path.
In the winter this stretch of coast can be really dramatic. With stormy seas and strong winds, it makes for a refreshing winter walk.
Shipwrecks and historical finds
The 'Demetrios,' a ship wrecked during storms in 1992, can still be seen at low tide – there’s even tale of a haul of gold found on another shipwreck nearby too. Today volunteers for the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) have a 24-hour watch from the coastguard station building, looking out for boats in distress. This area was also important during the Second World War, housing a radar station in the field below what is now the National Trust car park. The remains of the station can still be seen today.
Did you know?
Cover star for the 2019 National Trust Handbook, a photograph of Prawle Point won the 2019 Handbook competition (see top image) and is on the front of 3.2 million copies of the book. Taken by Trust member, Ed Silvester, the image of his son bounding over rocks was chosen to go on the front cover as it captured the colour, sense of energy and adventure to be had along the wild cliffs of south Devon.
Near Salcombe, the easiest way to get to Prawle Point is by road. There is a National Trust car park, use postcode: TQ7 2BX