Walk - Cawsand to Whitsand Bay

Walk information provided with help from Natural England. Map reproduced by permission of Ordnance Survey on behalf of HMSO. © Crown copyright and database right 2018. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100022021.

Route Description

  1. From Cawsand follow the Coast Path through Penlee Woods.

You may be lucky enough to glimpse fallow deer within the woods or along the rest of the walk. You will certainly see views of the deer park of Mount Edgcumbe and Fort Picklecombe behind you and across Plymouth Sound and Breakwater to the Great Mew Stone and Staddon Heights on the Devon side of the water.

  1. As you leave the woods you find yourself facing the sea at Penlee Point.

The Eddystone Lighthouse some nine miles away can be seen from here on a clear day. Just below you is Queen Adelaide’s Grotto and in front is Rame Head, the half-way point of the walk.

When you reach it, it is worth making the short detour to the headland itself.

The chapel here is where the Spanish Armada were first spotted and you will also find a bank across the neck of the promontory marking the ramparts of an Iron Age Fort.

  1. From the Head continue westward towards Whitsand Bay, which you can see laying ahead of you.

As you continue along the path you will pass Polhawn Fort, which was one of a ring of forts (Palmerston Follies) built to defend Plymouth.

  1. From here, follow the Coast Path for rather more than a mile until it meets a road junction.

Here you are overlooking the artificial reef deliberately created in 2003 by the sinking of the ex-navy frigate HMS Scylla and you will often see dive boats offshore. There are also two cafes here, as well as a post box and bus stop where you can catch the bus back to Cawsand or Cremyll.

This walk can be extended by combining it with the Cremyll to Kingsand and Cawsand short walk.

Whitsand Bay Beach is dog-friendly throughout the year.

Nearby refreshments

Several pubs in Kingsand and Cawsand and two cafés near to the finishing point.
Near to the start of the walk in Kingsand the Rising Sun is recommended by users of www.doggiepubs.org.uk as serving good food and being dog-friendly.

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