15. Devon’s South Hams: *East Prawle to Gara Rock and Back - 5.5 miles – OS Explorer OL20
The glorious South Hams at it's strange best. Links to East Portlemouth (Walk 14) if you want a longer trek.
Being all coast path it's easy to follow without a map, but the going is steep at times.
And, unusually, driving to the start of the walk through a maze of narrow lanes is as challenging as the walk itself. Worth it though for the back-of-beyond feel.
It starts at a National Trust car park near coast guard cottages a mile or so past East Prawle village.
To reach it, carry on past the public toilets on your right as you enter the village and keep going to the end of the lane.
Before beginning the walk, check out the information board in the car park. That mound of earth below, about halfway between you and the beach with a concrete hat on, was a top-secret radar station. Look left and you’ll spot another, both from World War II. Eyes to the sky rather than in it in those days.
Heading west past the coastguard cottages, make for the lookout station ahead at Prawle Point. It has a visitors centre worth a look.
Leaving the volunteer lookouts to their work, look down at the rocky coastline for wreckage that shows how important their work is. Thrown up on the rocks is a rust-red legacy of a stormy night in 1992. On an ebbing tide, what's left of the rest of the Demetrios emerges.
It’s not alone in finding an unwelcome resting place here.
Prawle Point, jutting out into the English Channel and surrounded by submerged rocks, has been a ships graveyard since the Bronze Age and probably before.
Continuing your walk, you soon cross two lines of land based remnants of the Bronze Age in the form of boundary stones, for all the world like the teeth of some huge beast in need of a dentist. If there isn't a legend about them there ought to be.