The beautiful coastal villages of Kingsand & Cawsand are found on the Rame Peninsula which we have featured in another Blog post. The villages themselves are co-joined and, up until 1844, Kingsand was actually part of Devon !
By Car: Take the B3253 out of Looe and follow this road towards Hessenford, the road will become the A387 near Widegates. Follow until the t-junction, turning right onto the A374 towards Torpoint. Continue until you reach the village of Sheviock where the road becomes the B3247. When you reach the tiny hamlet of Fourlanesend, bare right onto Hat Lane and left onto Jackman’s Meadow, which will take you into the villages themselves.
Please note that once you are on the Rame Peninsula that lanes can be very narrow road in places with high hedgerows and few passing places. During peak summer months the roads can be busy and parking limited close to the villages themselves.
Access by public transport is less straightforward due to the cross over with different bus routes that serve SE Cornwall. Full route & timetable information can be found on he website for Plymouth City Bus.
If you are on foot, the SW Coastal Path takes you along the most spectator stretch of coastline, with far reaching views. Rounding Rame Head the views stretch across Plymouth Sound.
You can take a boat (passenger ferry) to/from Plymouth to both Mount Edgcumbe & the village of Cawsand which operates seasonally.
What’s To See & Do?
- Beaches – both villages have small sand & shingle beaches; Cawsand’s beach is excellent for rock pooling (note that Kingsand’s beaches are open to dogs year-round whereas there is a seasonal dog ban from July 1st to August 31st on the beaches in Cawsand).
- Shopping – both villages have a range of lovely shops, deli, take away as well as places to each & drink (see below) – or you can buy picnic items to enjoy on the beach or coastal walk.
- Mount Edgcumbe park – a wonderful 865 acre estate with formal gardens, parkland and the stately home dating to the 16th century – this is located just 3 miles from Kingsand & Cawsand
- Boat Trips – you can catch a boat (foot passengers only) from either Cawsand or Cremyll (Mount Edgcumbe) to Plymouth or for a longer time afloat, take the trips which takes in the Royal William Yard & the historical Elizabethan Barbican, which departs from Cremyll.
- Wacker Quay – returning back to Looe & Polperro, detour to Wacker Quay to enjoy the scenic walk from the 18th century Wacker Quay to the village of Antony. You can print off the permissive walking route here
- Diving – Europe’s first artificial reef was created in Whitsand Bay with the sinking of HMS Scylla
- Surfing, Paddleboard & Coasteering lessons can be booked with Adventure Bay
Where to Eat & Drink
There are numerous places to enjoy a lite bite or a long lazy lunch during your visit to Kingsand & Cawsand, these are a few that have caught our attention or we’ve have had direct feedback about.
A little further afield, if you are venturing along the coast road back towards Looe & Polperro, is the aptly named The View along Treninnow Cliff Road. Nearby in Portwrinkle, at the Whitsand Bay Golf Club, their Dovecote Cafe is the perfect spot and walking distance to the beach and rock pools.
For something a little different, The Canteen at Maker Heights (just a few minutes away) is a great cafe with pop-up food-theme nights and in the village of Millbrook, the Salty Dog Cafe is definitely worth a try.
Are we missing something ?
If you feel we’ve missed any gems on our Kingsand & Cawsand post – could be an amazing view point or a great place to enjoy a meal – please let us know.
Drop us an email and we will add the details into our Blog.