Start Point, Devon


Start Point, Devon

Start Point is a promontory in the South Hams district. It is one of the most southerly points in Devon, England, gbmapping|SX832370. It marks the southern limit of Start Bay, which extends northwards to the estuary of the River Dart.

The rocks of the point are greenschist and mica-schist, formed by metamorphism of Devonian sediments during a period of mountain building towards the end of the Carboniferous Era.

As a result of the many shipwrecks in the area, Start Point lighthouse was built in 1836 to alert ships to the danger of the point and its surrounding rocks. The lighthouse, and the area's birdlife, make it a popular spot for visitors, and Start Point is accessible to walkers from the South West Coast Path.

The name "Start" derives from an Anglo-Saxon word "steort", meaning a tail. This root also appears in the names of birds with distinctive tails, like the redstart.

The Start Point transmitting station is located on top of the promontory.----

"There is another Start Point, also on the South West Coast Path, near Tintagel in Cornwall; and a third which is an island off Sanday in the Orkney Islands."


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