Moderate; 1 stile; 2 flights of steps; 1 steep ascent
Coast path with some narrow and uneven sections, surfaced road and paths. Quite exposed in poor weather.
Start Point car park – pay on entry.
See www.travelinesw.com, but no direct service.
At Stokenham or Beesands.
Public toilet in car park.
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.
Leaving the lighthouse, retrace your steps up the track for about a quarter of a mile, to the Coast Path fingerpost.
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.
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.
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.