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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.

A watch is maintained 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. For the safety of our watchkeepers, the Lookout may close early in seriously adverse weather conditions.

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.

Fundraising Auction

Our fund raising lunch at Port Waterhouse is sold out but you can still participate in our spring fundraiser at our ONLINE AUCTION!

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SW Coast Path Passports

We are a South West Coast Path Way Maker and shall be pleased to stamp your coast path passport. We can also supply you with one.

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

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1 day 14 hours ago

Thankfully their lookout tower is not damaged, but they have lost their valuable training and storage space.

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3 days 11 hours ago

Another miserable day up here at Prawle Point. Despite poor visibility, lashing rain and a moderate sea we have seen a number of yachts go past and one 28’ motor vessel whose skipper will have a compressed spine in a few years’ time!

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3 days 12 hours ago

We were very sad to hear of the loss of our former station manager, Andy Thomson, who passed away on Sunday evening, after a recent period of ill health He leaves behind his wife, Theresa, and his family. He was a very well respected, knowledgeable, and hard working member of Prawle Point NCI, and could often be spotted sailing his beautiful yacht past the lookout, giving watchkeepers chance to practice their VHF skills.
Our thoughts are with his family.

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5 days 14 hours ago

👁️👁️ Ever heard The Shipping Forecast and wondered what they are on about. Here’s the Shipping areas around the UK and Ireland.

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6 days 13 hours ago

Another fine weekend here in South Devon. Up here at Prawle Point it is blowing F8 steady and gusting F9. The sea state is rough. What has happened to high pressure systems??!! Will we ever see one again? We can see the Salcombe Bar is particularly rough this morning as we are now on the ebb tide.

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1 week 2 days ago

Perhaps you're a walker or you use the sea around Salcombe... but if you benefit and/or believe in the work we do helping to protect our local waters please consider taking part in our fundraising auction which is live until April 20. Our spring fundraiser is this fundraiser is not just about the prizes but about sustaining the work at the Prawle Point Lookout and its services to seafarers and walkers. That said, we send our huge thanks to all the local businesses who have contributed such a rich array