Tucked away on the south west coastal path, dotted with Napoleonic forts, the Rame Peninsula offers spectacular walks, dramatic scenery and tranquil picnic spots.
The Rame Peninsula is bounded by Whitsand Bay, the Plymouth Sound and the Lynher and Tamar estuaries.
A designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the peninsula is characterised by charming villages, beautiful beaches and wild clifftops. Hamlets hide at the heads of creeks while the stretch of coast fronting onto Whitsand Bay provides several miles of sand, surf and rockpooling.
Sheltered by the headland are the twin villages of Cawsand and Kingsand. Once a popular haunt of smugglers, the historic fishing villages now offer a waterfront destination with pubs and restaurants. Untouched by time, this is the perfect place for those seeking to escape city life.
Twenty-five miles from Plymouth, Cawsand and Kingsand enjoy superb views of the city across the estuary. The passenger ferry operates from Cawsand beach to the Plymouth Barbican throughout the summer and visit the National Marine Aquarium on foot.
Stretching from Rame Head in the east to Portwrinkle in the west, Whitsand Bay is a world away from modern life. The Bay has two surf schools which are perfect for beginners and the biggest beach in the region – with several miles of sand, you’ll be able to find your own secluded spot to relax and enjoy.
Rockpools dotted around the beach reveal fascinating sea life while out to sea the Bay is a popular dive site and home to HMS Scylla. The ex-naval frigate was sunk in 2004 to form an artificial reef. When the tide is in, venture onto the clifftops for a bite to eat at the award-winning View Restaurant and watch the waves below.
In the heart of Kingsand, discover the Halfway House Inn which was once in both Cornwall and Devon. The stream that runs behind the Inn was once the marker for the ancient border between the two neighbouring counties. It’s heritage alone makes the Inn a must visit during your stay. Serving wholesome food, the Inn welcomes families and dogs.
Dogs are welcome all year at Whitsand Bay – with several miles of sand, your dog will be able to stretch it’s legs playing on the beach. There is a seasonal ban at Cawsands and Kingsands however the south west coastal path provides great walking for people and dogs.
A rocky headland, the Rame Peninsula can be tricky to access in some places.
Whitsand Bay is flanked by steep cliffs. There are four access points at Tregantle, Sharrow Point, Freathy and Tregonhawke however these are all steep and unsuitable for wheel chairs or push chairs. At Cawsand and Kingsand the beaches can be accessed via a gentle slope.