Start Point Devon Lighthouse Walk
This is a popular circular walk around this beautiful headland on the South Devon coast. It's about a 2 mile walk with great views over Start Bay, a visit to the lighthouse and the option of descending to a delightful secluded beach.
The area is also great for wildlife watching. Look out for marine wildlife such as seals and dolphins, and birds including black-throated divers, gannets, kittiwakes and auks.
Begin the walk from the Start Point car park, near Start Farm. From here it is a short walk along the coast path to the lighthouse. On some days you can enjoy a guided tour here and climb the tower to hear stories about storms, shipwrecks and lighthouse living .
After exploring the lighthouse the walk heads along the coast path to Great Mattiscombe Sand. It is a steep climb down to the beautiful sandy cove where you can look out for Grey seals and basking sharks in the summer. The walk then heads north back to the car park.
It's easy to extend your walk if you have time. You can head west along the South West Coast Path and visit Prawle Point, the southernmost point of Devon. Heading a few miles north will take you to the splendid Slapton Ley Nature Reserve. Here you'll find the largest natural freshwater lake in South West England, a lovely shingle beach and great birdwatching opportunites.
PostcodeTQ7 2ET - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Start Point Devon Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Start Point Devon Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Just to the north of the car park you can visit the Start Bay Inn for some post walk refreshment. The inn dates back to the 14th century and includes a thatched roof. You can sit outside on the sea front patio and enjoy fine views with a delicious seafood dish from the fine menu. You can find them in Torcross at postcode TQ7 2TQ for your sat navs.
The coastal paths make for a fine dog walk and the Start Bay Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly. The surrounding fields often have livestock so it may be best to keep them on leads here.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The Torcross to Beesands and Start Point Walk takes you to the headland from the pretty village of Torcross. It's about a 4 mile walk from the village, passing Beesands on the way.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Devon Walks page.