11 Rame Head
Rame Head is formed of a rocky shoreline punctuated by popular sandy beaches. The distinctive rounded landmark of Rame Head with its medieval chapel on top makes for a prominent landmark. The sheltered valley behind the Rame headland forms an intimate and enclosed setting for Cawsand and Kingsand. It is a quiet landscape typified by sparse settlements of farms and hamlets linked by mostly small winding rural roads.
BEACHES, BAYS AND COVES
There is a shingle beach at Cawsand
BOATS AND FERRIES
The Rame Peninsula can be accessed by road, by car-ferry via Torpoint, and by passenger ferry direct to Cremyll from Plymouth. Also linking Plymouth Barbican with the beautiful Rame Peninsulais the Cawsand Ferry so you can visit Kingsand and Cawsand.
Routes link Cremyll and Cawsand with Plymouth via Torpoint. Routes also link Cawsand with Liskeard. The Cremyll passenger ferry links Cremyll and Mt. Edgcumbe to Plymouth.
COAST AND COUNTRYSIDE
COMMUNITY AND TOURIST INFORMATION
Rame Traders & Into Cornwall provide a useful starting point for finding out what to see and do, as does the South East Cornwall Tourism Association.
EVENTS, FESTIVALS AND ATTRACTIONS
The Country Park hosts a series of events during the summer months and the South East Cornwall Tourism Association website contains events listings for Rame. There are a number of events held every year at Maker Heights, including the Maker Sunshine Festival.
HISTORIC SITES AND BUILDINGS
The Rame Peninsula is steeped in history and has a great deal of historic places. The Rame Heritage Site provides information on the general history of the area. The iron age fort at Rame Head manufactured flint weapons. Later Rame forts at Picklecombe, Penlee, Cawsand, Maker Heights and Edgcumbe built over hundreds of years form the western part of the most extensive and complete historic coastal defences in the UK. The 13th century church at Rame still contains a bellows operated organ.
Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Penlee Battery Nature Reserve enjoys stunning panoramic views of Plymouth Sound and comprises woodland and coastal grassland.
PARKS AND GARDENS
Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park is a popular destination for day visitors, especially from Plymouth with two separate gardens. The house is near Cremyll but the park includes much of the coast of the peninsula.
RIVERS, PORTS AND HARBOURS
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TOWNS AND VILLAGES
The twin villages of Kingsand and Cawsand occupy a sheltered position on Cawsand Bay with the smaller settlements of Cremyll and Rame taking up positions on the east and west of the Peninsula respectively.