It is the southernmost point of Devon.
At the point itself, there are high cliffs.
The National Coastwatch Institution has a station at the point
The point is included within the Prawle Point and Start Point Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Many ships have been wrecked at Prawle Point, the most recent being in December, 1992, when the ship Demetrios, formerly the Long Lin from China was being towed by a tug from Dunkirk to a Mediterranean scrapyard. During terrible gales in the English Channel, the tow broke and the Demetrios drifted helplessly. The ship struck the rocks at Prawle Point on 18 December, breaking her back in a few hours. The wreck attracted huge crowds for many weeks, and eventually a local salvage company cut up the ship and towed away the remains to Plymouth. However, the cost of scrapping the ship sent them into liquidation. Some remains were, however left over and are still visible today.
- Larne, R and B. (2000). Shipwrecks of South Devon, page 20. ISBN 1-899383-35-2
- Some information on the Wreck of the Demetrios