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Name: Prawle Point and Start Point

Parish: East Portlemouth, Chivelstone and Stokenham

Local Authority: South Hams

National Grid Ref: SX 741 373 - 819 381

OS Sheets: 1:50K, 202, 1:10K, SX73 NW, NE, SX83 NW

Locality Description: Prawle Point and Start Point lie at the southern end of Start Bay, to the south east of Salcombe, on the South Hams coastline.

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Safety Considerations: Tide timetables should be consulted and hard hats are essential for any of the cliff faces. Boulders may fall from the cliffs.

Educational Age Groups: Secondary, College/6th Form, University.

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