Update: 28th May 2020
- Added Thatcher Green to the tour.
Thatcher Point is part of the south west coastal path and a very popular fishing spot, so it’s fairly accessible and safe. After parking on the road where you can clearly see Thatcher Rock It’s just a short walk down over the green to the point itself. The cliffs down to the cove are pretty steep, so take care if you do decide to explore further.
There’s very little to do unless you like your fishing other than admire the views, watch the birds or the sunset.
Thatcher Rock is Middle Devonian Limestone, which is exactly the same kind of stone as Berry Head in Brixham. Located 300 yards from the shore of Meadfoot Beach. The rock is 43 metres high. On the rock there is a beach, but the beach is 25 ft above today’s sea level. This is because of an Ice Age over 2 million years ago. This area of coast is also particularly exciting when it comes to finding fossils, together with extinct corals. The best place to see these is on the foreshore at Hope’s Nose when the tide is low.
- The official reason as to why it’s called Thatcher Rock is because if you look at the Rock from a right angle there is a small outcrop that looks like a Thatcher working on the roof of a Devon Cottage.
Thatcher Point, just along from Hope’s Nose, has hundreds of layers of limestone that can be clearly seen which were formed over millions of years.
Perhaps the most exciting discovery along these cliffs came in Victorian times, when gold was found. Collectors used heavy duty cutting equipment to remove samples of the gold veins which were worth large sums of money to mineral dealers. However, the gold in this area was very fragile and crammed into narrow fissures, so mining it was never a viable proposition. Which is why some of the gold remains in place.
- Spot the array of flora and birdlife.
- Take in the sea views.
- Walk along the South West Coast Path.
There are no facilities in the area, so you’ll want a picnic.
- Please take your rubbish back to the bins near the roadside
The cliffs are steep, so great care needs to be taken if you decide to explore.
Ilsham Marine Dr, Torquay, Sat-nav: TQ1 2HU.
- Car, From Torquay Harbour go on past Living Coast, which will be on your right, and up Beacon Hill and bear left onto Parkhill Road. At the junction turn right onto Meadfoot Sea Road. Follow the road down the hill and alongside Meadfoot Beach where at the end of the level area, just by a public car park, the road bears to the left and begins to climb. Take the first right and follow the road up until you see the trees open up on the right hand side where you should get a glimpse of Thatcher Rock. Park as close to this spot as you can.
- Dogs are allowed all year round
- Although it’s a great place for a picnic or bbq the only bins are situated at the top of the slope next to the road. Please don’t leave your rubbish lying around.
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