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A corner to remember

19 July 2013


The twin coastal villages of Cawsand and Kingsand are on the Rame peninsula in south-east Cornwall, across from Plymouth Sound. There is a good car park, but some narrow lanes are unsuitable for cars.


The adjoining villages offer a tranquil and relaxing atmosphere - they are known as Cornwall's forgotten corner - and are ideal for winding down. Tiny cottages climb steeply along narrow twisting lanes. The clock tower, dominating Kingsand, was built to commemorate the coronation of George V. For those who enjoy walking, there are any number of woodland, coastal, and country walks of varying length. In the summer months, you can catch the Cawsand ferry for a 30-minute trip to the Barbican area of Plymouth.

What to see

The two villages were once centres for smuggling and fishing: the remains of 16th-century pilchard-cellars can still be seen just beyond Kingsand. Both villages have small beaches and safe swimming; why not rent a boat at Cawsand during the summer months, and reflect on the fact that Cawsand beach (below) once had room for 50 boats designed specifically for smuggling.

Until 1844, Kingsand was in Devon: the old boundary mark between the counties is displayed between the villages. Past Kingsand is the tiny Sandways beach - quiet, and made for chilling out. 

Worth a look

A woodland walk leads you from Cawsand to Penlee Point, from where you can walk further to Rame Head, or just admire the view of the Cornish coast as it spreads westward. From Kingsand Head, go on foot to Mount Edgcumbe Country Park to see beautiful gardens and a historic house.

In Kingsand, there are a number of tiny shops, some selling work by local artists and sculptors. For the less active, a short drive out of Cawsand takes you to the spectacular coast road to Whitsand Bay, and the villages of Downderry and Portwrinkle.

Where to eat

The Cawsand Bay Hotel is open seven days a week for morning coffee, lunch, and dinner; for takeaway coffee and sandwiches, try the Shop in the Square, in Cawsand, or the Old Boatstore Café, in Kingsand. There are several pubs serving food, including the Halfway House, the Cross Keys, the Rising Sun, and the Devonport.




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