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Start Point and Great Mattiscombe Sands

Category
Moderate
About This Project

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!

Overview

Start
Start Point car park, TQ7 2ET.
Distance
2.2 miles
Difficulty
Moderate; 1 stile; 2 flights of steps; 1 steep ascent
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.
OS map
Explorer OL20
Grid Reference
SX 820375
Public transport
See www.travelinesw.com, but no direct service.
Refreshments
At Stokenham or Beesands.
Toilets
Public toilet in car park.

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. Leaving the lighthouse, retrace your steps up the track for about a quarter of a mile, to the Coast Path fingerpost.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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