Arguably one of the prettiest beaches in Devon, and otherwise known as Great Mattiscombe Sands, Mattiscombe Beach lies about a half mile (1 km.) south west of Start Point on the South Devon coast.
Southwest-facing the beach consists of pale yellow sand bordered mainly to the west by rocks as you near Limpet Cove. The amount of sand is large enough however to offer a great day out.
The topography of the cliffs shelters the beach, which offers fine views southwest over Lannacombe Bay to Prawle Point. The walk from the car park near Start Farm is particularly pleasing.
Points of interest nearby include Start Point lighthouse and Hallsands to the east and north. In the other direction, the South West Coast Path passes Lannacombe Beach, Woodcombe Sand and Horseley Cove before rounding Langerstone Point en route to Prawle Point.
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Dogs permitted
✔ Interesting geology
OS Explorer Map OL20: South Devon
This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
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