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Mattiscombe beach is a south-facing sandy beach. The beach is relatively challenging to access yet serene and unspoilt, so well worth the walk.
Sat nav users, use the postcode TQ7 2ET (Start Point).
Mattiscombe beach is about 15 miles from Salcombe.
Dartmouth is 14 miles from Mattiscombe beach.
The nearest regular bus stop is at Torcross, which is on the No. 93 Plymouth-Kingsbridge-Dartmouth bus route.
The volunteer-run Coleridge bus service stops at some nearby villages, such as Kellaton and East Prawle.
The South West Coast Path runs alongside this beach. Walking from Hallsands beach around Start Point, past Mattiscombe beach and then west (to Lannacombe beach, Prawle Point or even Gara Rock for the truly hardy) will give you access to the South Devon coast at its most rugged and spectacular.
The private car park at Start Point is manned for part of the year, usually from the end of March to September. At the time of writing, it costs £3.50 to park all day, less for shorter periods.
Nearby Lannacombe beach offers a similar sense of serenity and remoteness to Mattiscombe, but the former is easier to access as the car park is immediately adjacent to the beach itself. For views of Burgh Island, we also recommend Ayrmer Cove and Westcombe Beach. On the other side of the River Dart close to Kingswear, Man Sands is another highly recommended quiet, craggy beach.
A short but steep walk down from the Start Point Car Park will take you to Mattiscombe Beach, a little known sandy cove in South Devon that faces slightly south-west. The beach’s aspect means that the weather conditions there can be quite different than those you would find at the same time at Start Bay. This is why shore anglers head there when it’s too windy to fish comfortably from Beesands or Slapton or other nearby spots.
The beach itself is a classic sandy cove, perfect for sunbathing, sandcastles, paddling and suchlike, but there are no facilities and the final climb down to it could be tough for young families to manage.
If you’re planning to walk along this stretch of the South West Coast Path, consider stopping at Mattiscombe for a break or a picnic. It has a wonderfully secluded feel, perfect for a quick rest before pushing onto the next stretch.
Fishing from Mattiscombe Beach is likely to produce the same species you’d find in the more accessible beaches of Start Bay. The rocky seabed by the edges of the beach makes it excellent for good-sized wrasse, and the terrain is smoother down the middle, so fishing there will hopefully mean you make it back with most of your tackle (hopefully a few fish too!)
Spend your days exploring remote and unspoilt coves on your next UK break, by choosing a self-catering holiday in South Devon.
Looking for another kind of beach? Take a look at our comprehensive guide to the best South Devon beaches here.