Masts and sails point skywards as boats bob in the harbour swell. Skimming stones bounce, barnacles fizz and ice-cream sticky fingers get washed in the lulling tide. Tucked into the Rame Peninsula, Cawsand is a rare treat – a charming fishing village and beach less frequented by the summer masses.
Amble the short distance to Kingsand beach right next door, or for the more energetic, the high cliffs and stretching sands of Whitsand Bay are just over five miles away along the South West Coast Path. Leave the car behind and hop aboard the Cawsand Ferry from the beach, listening to the clang of anchors and the squawk of seagulls as the boat chugs across to the Cornwall-Devon border to Plymouth, where the city’s restaurants, cafes, pubs, and shops await. The ferry runs from Easter until the last Sunday in October.
Cawsand has a wonderful selection of places to go for an evening tipple and bite to eat including the Halfway House, just a five minute stroll away. Here you’ll find a fantastic menu with locally caught seafood and ales. A brand new restaurant is due to open in 2019 opposite Cawsand beach itself.
There is a seasonal dog ban on Cawsand beach between 10am and 6pm from July 1 to August 31, however dogs are welcome on Kingsand, the next beach along a minute walk away.
The beach has level access via a slip lane onto the sand. There is a pay and display car park for up to 85 vehicles, alternative there is a further 120 spaces in Kingsand. Toilets are located next to the slipway. RNLI Lifeguards are on duty between 10am and 6pm throughout the summer months.