The Rame Peninsula is just across the border from Devon in South East Cornwall and is thus the most
south-eastern part of South East Cornwall. Bordered on three sides by the waters of the Rivers Lynher,
Tamar and Plymouth Sound, it is known locally as ‘The Forgotten Corner’ and still has an isolated feel
about it despite being so close to Plymouth.
The Rame Peninsula is an area of outstanding natural beauty with quiet secluded beaches, magnificent
scenery and spectacular walks. The Coast Path starts at Cremyll and winds its way through the 800 acre
Mount Edgcumbe Park, which according to the Shell Guide is probably the most beautiful in England.
Exploring the Rame Lanes visitors travelling by car approach the Peninsula by crossing the Tamar Bridge
on the A38 or by going through the thriving city of Plymouth with its deep naval traditions and excellent
shopping facilities, and boarding the chain ferry to Torpoint.
Visitors on foot or with bicycles can take the passenger ferry from Stonehouse in Plymouth to Cremyll or,
in the summer, can take ‘Western Maid’, a delightful boat trip from the Mayflower Steps on the Barbican
across the Sound to Cawsand Beach.
The villages of Kingsand and Cawsand are the perfect base for the discerning tourist or holiday maker.
These historical fishing villages are unspoilt by time and still retain their colour-washed old cottages, narrow
streets, pubs, restaurants and shops.
Frequent winners of the Best Kept Village Award and a Conservation Area set in an Area of Outstanding
Natural Beauty the villages are an artist’s dream. Used as a safe harbour for centuries, Cawsand Bay offers
an ideal place to drop anchor and is popular for swimming, windsurfing and water-skiing.
Inland, the villages of Millbrook, St John, Sheviock and St Germans are all well worth a visit, as is Antony
House, the 18th century home of the great Cornish family of Carew with its gardens sloping down to the
The South West Coast Path follows the coastline past Penlee Point and Rame Head, with its 11th century
monks’ chapel and stunning views to the glorious sandy beaches of Whitsand Bay.
With the Devonport Royal Naval Dockyard nearby, the Rame Peninsula has always been strategically
important and so the remains of many fortifications can still be seen throughout the area.
For the more active, sea angling is very popular with bass, wrasse, pollock or mackerel are readily caught
from the rocks. Bird watchers might see buzzards circling overhead or cormorants fishing, and the really
lucky ones may even glimpse a basking shark or a porpoise out in the bay.
Rame Peninsula Attractions