Walk - Start Point and Great Mattiscombe Sand
2.2 miles (3.6 km)
Start Point Car Park - TQ7 2ET Start Point Car Park
Moderate - The first section of this walk is a steady descent down the old lighthouse road to the headland, and so is suitable for many mobility scooters, and push chairs. After leaving the lighthouse road the Coast Path through to Mattiscombe Sand becomes more challenging and uneven, and care needs to be taken. The return leg is a gentle climb up a green lane back to the car park.
A perfect route for children, who will love this short but adventurous walk over a dragon's tail of spiny crags. There are wide-ranging views over the wide sweep of Start Bay as you drop down to the lighthouse at the tip of Start Point, and then the path travels over rock and coastal heathland to a secluded sandy beach, reached only on foot from the Coast Path. On a good day, it is the perfect place for a picnic. The narrow path is rocky and exposed in places, so give it a miss if the weather is bad.
This is a good walk in spring when pink-headed thrift grows on the cliffs and cirl buntings call from the bushes.