Prawle Point | South Devon Beach Bible

By Ross Purdy on April 7, 2016


Slightly to the east of Prawle Point you’ll find a rugged rocky beach on an unforgettable stretch of the South West Coast Path.

Prawle Point

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Location and access

 

By car:

Sat nav users, use the postcode TQ7 2BY for Prawle Point.

From Salcombe:

Salcombe is around 15 miles from Prawle Point.

  1. Leave Salcombe on Salcombe Road, passing through Malborough and following signs to Kingsbridge.When you arrive in Kingsbridge, take the second exit at the roundabout onto Ilbert Road.
  2. At the next roundabout, take the second exit (A379).
  3. Stay on the A379 (Embankment Road) until you come to village of Frogmore.
  4. Shortly after you pass @The Bakery on the right, turn right over the little bridge (signposted for South Pool).
  5. Take the first left.
  6. Turn right at the end of the road.
  7. Continue on this road until you come to the village of Chivelstone. Follow the road through Chivelstone and continue through East Prawle.
  8. The single track road will work its way down towards the water and the car park will be on the left.

 

From Dartmouth:

Dartmouth is 16 miles from Prawle Point.

  1. Leaving Dartmouth up College Way, turn left at the first roundabout you come to, signposted for Stoke Fleming and Strete.
  2. Follow this road through the villages of Stoke Fleming and Strete. You will wind downhill to Strete Gate, where Slapton Sands will appear on your right.
  3. About a third of the way along the beach, a right turn will appear, signposted for Slapton. Take this turn onto Sands Road.
  4. Pass through Slapton village on Sands Road. At the other side of the village, you’ll come to a crossroads. Turn left onto Brook Road.
  5. Stay on this road until you come to the end. Turn left at the T-junction.
  6. Go straight on at the roundabout in Stokenham.
  7. At the next junction, the road will bend sharply to the right. Follow the road right.
  8. You’ll come to a similar junction. Again, follow the road right.
  9. Continue on this road until you come to the village of Chivelstone. Follow the road through Chivelstone and continue through East Prawle.
  10. The single track road will work its way down towards the water and the car park will be on the left.

By bus:

The nearest bus stop is East Prawle (just over one mile away) where the volunteer-run Coleridge Bus service operates on Wednesdays only. For further details, see the Coleridge bus timetable.

On foot:

Prawle Point is on the South West Coast Path, where you’ll find some wonderful hiking options such as this walk from Prawle to Lannacombe beach.

Parking:

There is a small National Trust Car Park. Parking is £2, payable using an honesty box at the site. Other visitors park in the village of East Prawle and walk.

Facilities:

  • None

Dog-friendly?

Yes, all year round.

Activities:

  • No supervised activities. Bird-watching, hiking and fishing are common activities at Prawle Point.

Similar beaches

Lannacombe Beach is a short drive (and even shorter walk) from Prawle Point. It’s similarly remote, rugged and atmospheric yet it’s more of a traditional sandy beach.


Our guide to Prawle Point

Rugged Prawle Point


There are surely some who would think calling Prawle Point a beach is something of an exaggeration. To be sure, there is not a great deal of sand on display and it is not the kind of place to take the family for a day of relaxed sunbathing, but there are several coves along this section of the coast in which people have been known to swim. It is rugged and rocky, unforgiving but unforgettable for its beauty all the same.


The journey to Prawle Point culminates with a bumpy drive from the village of East Prawle down a steep single-track road. At the end of this lane there is a car park operated by the National Trust, which takes you to within a few hundred metres of the coastline. It’s a nice place to stop and take in the view before making your way on foot down the grassy hill towards the rocks. Once there, you can follow the Coast Path left (towards Lannacombe Beach) or right (towards Gara Rock). This section can be very muddy so walking boots or wellingtons are advised.

Prawle Point from near the car park

Intrepid anglers visit Prawle Point which is a haven for wrasse and bull huss amongst other species. Choose your marks carefully and consider float fishing as way to lower the considerable risk of losing tackle due to the rocky seabed.

There are no toilet facilities – or indeed any facilities – at Prawle Point so it’s best seen as a place to visit for a couple of hours or to pass through as part of a wonderfully scenic walk. Pack a picnic and sit by the water to enjoy South Devon at its most remote and unspoilt.


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