Information for Walkers

Superb coastal scenery
We are located at the southern tip of an officially recognized Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  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.

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).

Weather information
Walkers may telephone the watchstation (01548 511259) prior to setting out to ascertain the current weather at Prawle Point.  We can also give you a summary of the Met. Office Inshore Waters forecast.

Help in an emergency
Should you have a problem requiring assistance you can contact the lookout on 01548 511259.  As of November 2008 there is NO mobile phone coverage along the whole stretch of coast path from Limebury Point to Start Point.  If you don’t have mobile coverage, consider sending one of your party up to the lookout.  Either way we can notify and liaise with the appropriate emergency services.

Other helpful information


     Met Office Salcombe forecast.
     Met Office surface pressure chart.

 Local Information

    Start Point Lighthouse.
    The National Trust Prawle Point.


Currently 56 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2500 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles from Rossall  Point in the North West, through Wales, to the South and East of England to Hornsea in the East Riding of Yorkshire. 

NCI watchkeepers provide the eyes and ears along the coast, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility. They are trained to deal with emergencies offering a variety of skills and experience, and full training by the NCI ensures that high standards are met.


General enquiries
0300 111 1202

Media enquiries
0845 460 1202

[email protected]

17 Dean Street, Liskeard,
Cornwall, PL14 4AB