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Prawle Point NCI is one of around 60 National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) stations along the coasts of England and Wales keeping an eye on those at sea and on the coastline, ready to assist HM Coastguard when things go wrong.

The Prawle Point lookout stands 200 feet above sea level at the most southerly point in Devon and is open 365 days a year. We have one of the best views along the coast so do come in and visit (find us here).

We maintain watch at this time of year between 09:00 and the earlier of 17:00 BST and sunset but from 3rd May to 8th September the lookout will usually remain manned until at the earlier of 20:00 BST and sunset. 

NCI stations receive no government funding and are entirely staffed by volunteers. We rely on public support and so please make a donation.

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

In addition to keeping a watch, we are available to provide information as to the local sea and weather conditions, by telephone on 0‍1548 511259 or via our own VHF Channel 65. See also our weather station and webcams.

We are able to give radio and AIS checks; indeed, HM Coastguard recommends calling NCI on Channel 65 for this purpose.

Adjacent to the Lookout is a Visitor Centre with interesting information about the area, its ecology and history.

Our information pages have content directed at mariners and walkers and also summarise the history of the Prawle Point lookout. Watch our video to find out more about us. Please keep safe when on or by the water and take our Water Safety quiz.

Spring fundraiser THANK YOU

Our Spring Fundraiser has now concluded Our Spring fundraiser has now concluded. This was our main fundraising event for the year. We’re still totting up the various streams of income

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SW Coast Path Passports

We are a South West Coast Path Way Maker and will be delighted to stamp your coast path passport. Just pop in to the Lookout and ask. If you don’t have one we can sell you one for £7.

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Salcombe Crabfest 2024

Come and visit us at Crabfest on May 5. At Crabfest there’s hands-on cookery demonstrations by award-winning chefs, crab picking masterclasses, crab pot making, live music, kids activities and much more!

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NCI Prawle Point

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Prawle Point NCI keeps watch over coast and sea from Bolt Head to Start Point (Devon UK) all daylight hours.

NCI Prawle Point

3 days 11 hours ago

Now that's what you call benign, beautiful, baskable...a perfect day for a sail, a paddle or a walk. If you're out on the The South West Coast Path today and passing NCI Prawle Point come on in for a visit (and this view!).

NCI Prawle Point

3 days 14 hours ago

A huge shoutout to everyone who participated in our online Spring fundraiser auction. The online part has now closed but the fun continues this afternoon as we convene at Port Waterhouse on the beautiful Kingsbridge-Salcombe Estuary (which is actually a Ria not an Estuary but there you go...). The live portion of the auction concludes this afternoon. Will you still win?

NCI Prawle Point

1 week 6 hours ago

There's a storm brewing, now quite visible up here at Prawle Point (you're looking at the West webcam). Sounds like things may improve by the weekend but today is sail-able (if you're wearing all the layers you have) and walkable too. But feels-like 6 degrees is still a bit too chilly in my book! Don't forget that our Spring fundraiser is coming to an end. There's still a few days left to participate in our online auction with some fabulous items from Gara Rock Hotel, The Millbrook Inn, Wild Artichokes

NCI Prawle Point

1 week 2 days ago

Doesn't feel much like summer or even particularly warm today but come pleasanter weather and family outings along the coast path Watchkeeper. Faith Constantine has written a Water Safety Quiz aimed at families with children. There will be free copies in our Visitor Centre and you can either mark it yourself (answers are on the back) or bring it into the Lookout. It it's not too busy one of the watchkeeper team will mark it and explain anything you don't understand. While you're here don't forget to check out our