Information for Walkers

Superb coastal scenery

Our location: We are at the most southerly point in Devon, the southern tip of an officially recognised National Landscape, 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.

Weather information

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

Coast Path Passports

Just call in at the Lookout and we’ll gladly stamp your SWCP passport.

We can supply you with a passport to record your journey along the coast path for just £7.

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).

Help in an emergency

Should you have a problem requiring assistance you can contact the lookout on 0‍1548 511259. As of January 2024 only the EE network provides any mobile phone coverage along this stretch of the SW Coast Path – and very little west of the Lookout.

If you don’t have mobile coverage, consider sending one of your party up to the Lookout. We can then 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.

The Lookout is manned 365 days a year from 9 am until the earlier of 5 pm and sunset. In the summer it is normally open until 8 pm or sunset. Today’s opening times are shown on our Home page.