Start Point and Great Mattiscombe Sands

A fabulous walk out over this spiny and rugged peninsula. Lighthouses, stories of shipwrecks, stunning scenery and a resident Grey Seal colony, followed by amazing rock formations on Mattiscombe Sands – a real treat of a walk!

Technical sheet
No. 10356340
A Stokenham walk posted on 09/06/21 by South Devon AONB. Update : 17/06/21
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h20[?]
Distance Distance : 2.14mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 440ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 443ft
Highest point Highest point : 318ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 33ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Stokenham
Starting point Starting point : N 50.225998° / W 3.654691°
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Description

(D/A) From the car park go through the gate (or cross the stile beside it), to follow the Coast Path along the track running down the length of the peninsula towards the sea. Ignore the path branching off to the right above Nestley Point to stay with your track right down to the lighthouse at Start Point.

(1) Leaving the lighthouse, retrace your steps up the track for about a quarter of a mile, to the Coast Path fingerpost.

(2) Take the path to the left, travelling over the rocky spine of the headland. The next section of the path is rough underfoot and runs close to the cliff edge in places, so take care, supervising children and dogs.

(3) Turn off the Coast Path to walk down to Great Mattiscombe Sand. The path is steep and is over rocks at the end near the beach so take care.

(4) Leaving the beach, take the inland track up to the valley, following it uphill above the stream, to return to the car park at the start of the walk.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 312ft - Start Point car park
1 : mi 0.6 - alt. 85ft - Lighthouse
2 : mi 0.92 - alt. 217ft - Path
3 : mi 1.63 - alt. 33ft - Track down
4 : mi 1.72 - alt. 118ft - Beach
D/A : mi 2.14 - alt. 312ft - Start Point car park

Useful Information

Start : Start Point car park, TQ7 2ET.
Terrain : Coast path with some narrow and uneven sections, surfaced road and paths. Quite exposed in poor weather.
Parking : Start Point car park – pay on entry.
Public transport : See www.travelinesw.com, but no direct service.
Refreshments : At Stokenham or Beesands.
Toilets : Public toilet in car park.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

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