East Prawle, South Devon

East Prawle, South Devon
  • Devon's southernmost village
  • Remote destination by stunning and much undervisited coastline. Visit if you want to spend time away from the crowds
  • Lots of 'secret beaches' and superb coastal walking
  • Great pub by village green
  • Start Point to the east and the Salcombe Kingsbridge Estuary to the west
  • Main photo: the Pigs Nose Inn overlooking the village green at East Prawle


Why holiday or weekend break in East Prawle?

To help you choose East Prawle, we've listed some of the local attractions below.


Prawle Point

East Prawle is Devon's southernmost village. It's a relatively short walk to Prawle Point which is Devon's southernmost point. The coastal views are superb.


East Prawle food and drink

Having worked up an appetite, head to the Pigs Nose Inn which sits on the edge of the village green. Great spot for lunch and a drink.


East Prawle beaches

The coast east and west of Prawle Point is lined with some superb 'secret' beaches. This part of the South Devon coastline is remote so it's a good way of avoiding the crowds in high season.

Beaches east of Prawle Point include:

Horseley Cove (Beach). At low tide, Horseley Cove is a long stretch of beach below rolling countryside. There's a path that leads down to Horseley Cove.

Malcombe Sand (Beach). Whilst you can't guarantee peace and quiet, Malcombe Sand (Beach) is almost as secluded as South Devon gets!

Woodcombe Sand (Beach). One of South Devon's best 'secret' beaches.

Lannacombe Beach is a small sand beach in the centre of Lannacombe Bay.

Great Mattiscombe Sand (Beach) is a relatively large stretch of low tide sand and rock within Lannacombe Bay.

Start Point is east of Great Mattiscombe Sand (Beach). It provides superb views of Start Bay and its many beaches. Unlike the sandy beaches on the southern coast of South Devon, those lining Start Bay are mostly shingle beaches. Running south to north, these shingle beaches include:

Hall Sands (Beach). Shingle beach near Start Point.

Bee Sands (Beach). Much larger stretch of shingle beach north of Hallsands.

Slapton Sands (Beach). Huge, sweeping shingle beach running north of Torcross. Given its size, there are plenty of car parking areas at points along the back of the beach.

Blackpool Sands (Beach). One of Devon's most popular family beaches.

Beaches west of Prawle Point include:

Maceley Cove (Beach). A compact stretch of low tide sand pushes out from a scattering or giant rocks below towering cliffs. The setting is amazing.

Moor Sand (Beach). Beautiful arc of shingle and sand below rugged cliffs.

Gara Rock Beach is a beautiful sand beach on the coast below the luxury hotel Gara Rock.

Sunny Cove (Beach) is one of a number of sandy beaches lining the east side of the Salcombe Kingsbridge Estuary. 

Mill Bay Beach (National Trust). Idyllic, sandy National Trust beach.

East Portlemouth Beaches (Small's Cove up to Ditchend Cove). Beautiful series of beaches across the water from Salcombe.


East Prawle South West Coast Path walking

The coastline east of East Prawle is relatively flat. You walk behind and above secluded beaches on your way to Start Point.

The coastline west of East Prawle is much more dramatic and reminiscent of West Cornwall. The walking is a little bit more difficult and you can drop down to some of the stunning beaches that line this part of the coast.


Start Point and Start Bay

Start Point. The tip of South Devon. Huge views north across Start Bay to the Dartmouth area.

Start Point Lighthouse. Follow the Start Point Lighthouse access road down to the lighthouse. This is open to the public at specific times during the year. 

Start Bay is one of the Westcountry's most beautiful bays.

Hallsands Lost Village/Ruined Village. Lost coastal village in one of the most remote areas of South Devon at the southern end of Start Bay.

Torcross Sherman Tank. Discover the area's remarkbale history and the role it played in WWII.


The Salcombe Kingsbridge Estuary

Salcombe Kingsbridge Estuary. Essential visiting when on holiday in South Devon. Head west of East Prawle to East Portlemouth and then take the foot ferry to Salcombe. Other ferries then run up and down the estuary. Explore Kingsbrigde by ferry. Relax on South Sands (Beach) by ferry and sea tractor.