A Simple Guide to Exploring South East Cornwall


Get back to nature, explore the wilder side of Cornwall and take in the natural beauty of this unique landscape. When you check the details and look a little closer, it’s of no surprise that Cornwall has been named as one of the world’s greatest tourist attractions in numerous leading travel guides, and an ever-popular destination for fun holidays in the UK. Cornwall has over 300 miles of the most scenic stretches of coastal footpaths, including acres of wild moorland and an inland path network of over 2,400 miles. There are many attractions to discover including the world famous ‘Eden Project’ and a strong surfing community who flock here to enjoy the ocean waves and laid-back lifestyle. Many famous Artists and inspired creative-types also travel from far and wide to capture the essence of Cornwall’s unique quality of light.

The Cornish stretch of the South West Coast Path includes one National Park, two World Heritage sites, and five areas designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Separated into twelve sections, these areas (AONB) include ten stretches of Cornish coastline, the Camel Estuary and Bodmin Moor. All 12 areas are uniquely diverse, truly distinctive in character, and represent Cornwall’s finest landscapes. When you are out walking the South West Coast Path, you soon find that no two days are every the same, with something different to excite and explore around each and every corner.

Come to South East Cornwall and discover hidden landscapes and historic fishing villages along this forgotten corner of the county. The Rame Peninsula is of particular interest and can be easily explored on foot using the South West Coast Path. Access to the Rame Peninsula by road is via the A38 over the Tamar Bridge, by ferry from Plymouth to Torpoint or during the summer the “Western Maid” boat from the Mayflower steps on the Barbican in Plymouth to Cawsand Beach. Located close to the border with neighbouring Devon, the Rame Peninsula is surrounded on three sides by the waters of The River Tamar, Plymouth Sound and The River Lynher. Following the coastal footpath, you will discover villages of Millbrook, Kingsand, Cawsand, St Johns and Crafthole.

The Rame Peninsula also includes the sweeping sandy beaches of Whitsand Bay – an unspoilt stretch of the finest coastland and considered one of the best-kept secrets to local people and those lucky enough to be in the know. Here, you will find secluded beaches to explore, an outstanding coastal golf course and equally impressive family run hotel called The Whitsand Bay Hotel. This splendid Victorian stone built hotel is perfectly located at the edge of the beach, facing out to enjoy far-reaching dramatic views across the bay. It’s the perfect resting point for refreshment in the friendly bar, or to enjoy food from the bistro or restaurant menus. Family run and very friendly, they also welcome well-behaved dogs. It’s an ideal place to stay overnight here, as there’s plenty more to explore further along the coast after a good nights rest. Looe and Polperro are also definitely worth paying a visit along this stretch of coastline; however don’t expect to enjoy the same level of privacy and seclusion that Whitsand Bay and the Rame Peninsula offer. We hope that the peaceful tranquillity of Cornwall’s forgotten corner continues to remain this way from many decades and generations to come.