National Coastwatch    Prawle PointEYES ALONG THE COAST
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View east towards Peartree Point
View east towards Peartree Point
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View west towards Bolt Head
View west towards Bolt Head
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Panoramic sea view
Panoramic sea view
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Bolt Head at sunset
Bolt Head at sunset

National Coastwatch Prawle Point - Information for walkers

Visitor Centre

Our Visitor Centre is full of interesting information about the wildlife, geology and history of this magnificent stretch of coast. The displays also tell the story of the Coastwatch lookout and the local search and rescue services.

If the weather turns bad you are welcome to shelter inside and if you or your dog are thirsty we can provide water (free for the dog! Bottled water is on sale in the lookout).


The Lookout is located at

- grid reference: SX773 351

- What3Words, windmill.rooftop.urgent.

Weather information

Walkers may telephone the watchstation (0‍1548 511259) prior to setting out to ascertain the current weather at Prawle Point or access our Weather Station real time display.

Useful links

Start Point Lighthouse

National Trust

SW Coast Path - local walks

South Devon AONB

Superb coastal scenery

We are located at the southern tip of an officially recognised Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), home of the rare cirl bunting.

The section of the South West Coast Path between Torcross and East Portlemouth opposite Salcombe, past Start Point and Prawle Point, is particularly splendid and attracts many walkers who pass close to our watchstation.

All are welcome to our Visitor Centre. You are also welcome to visit the duty watchkeepers in the lookout provided they are not dealing with an emergency at the time.

Help in an emergency

Should you have a problem requiring assistance you can contact the lookout on 0‍1548 511259. As of August 2021 only the EE network provides mobile phone coverage along this stretch of the SW Coast Path.

If you don't have mobile coverage, consider sending one of your party up to the Lookout. Either way, we can notify and liaise with the appropriate emergency services.

The Lookout is equipped with an automated external defibrillator and a basic first aid kit for use by you, if needed.