National Coastwatch - Prawle Point


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How to Find Us

The approach to the Lookout is from the A379 Kingsbridge – Dartmouth road. If you're travelling East from Kingsbridge, turn right in the centre of the village of Frogmore – and cross the bridge over the head of Frogmore Creek. As the map shows, South of the A379 there is a network of small lanes, but the route shown to East Prawle is well signposted. If you're travelling West from the Dartmouth direction, you will drive along beside Slapton Ley and soon afterwards reach the village of Stokenham. Turn left at the mini roundabout (Carehouse Cross) and as above, follow signs to the village of East Prawle.

When you arrive in East Prawle keep the village green on your left and continue down a no-through lane, which ends with a National Trust car park on the left. Now for a bit of exercise! Climb over the stile from the car park and continue downhill until you reach the SW Coast Path from where you can see the Lookout on the headland to your right – and the path leading to it.

After leaving the A379, allow 20 to 25 minutes to reach the car park and another 10 to walk up to the Lookout.

For visitors with GPS devices, enter the postcode TQ7 2BX, but, when near the end of the lane going downhill towards the sea, please do not drive beyond the National Trust Car Park.

Our Watch Sector

The Prawle Point Lookout has a 240° arc of visibility over the sea off the southern tip of Devon – and this sea area includes the entrance to the attractive and popular Salcombe harbour. You can pan through the full view from the lookout by using the scroll bar beneath the picture on the right.

On a clear day (such as when the picture was taken) the hard horizon is just over 16 nautical miles distant. Thus we watch over 500 square nautical miles of sea.

A team of around 60 trained and qualified volunteer watchkeepers share daylight watches operating every day of the year. The station is equipped with telescopes, radar, radio and telephone as well as up to date charts. Through close cooperation with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), NCI at Prawle Point earned its "Declared Facility Status" in 2000, enabling us to become an integral part of the National Search and Rescue structure.

The Lookout as seen from the Coast Path below the NT Car Park.

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To find us on charts and OS maps - we are at -

Latitude: 50° 12' 10.47" N
Longitude: 3° 43' 12.46" W

OS Reference: SX 773 351

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