Discovering Cornwall: The Rame Peninsula

Three people walking along the beach on the Rame Peninsula in Cornwall

Often called the ‘forgotten corner of Cornwall’, the area between Looe and Torpoint off the A38 at
Trerulefoot junction includes the coastal towns and villages of Torpoint, Kingsand, Cawsand, Seaton and Downderry.

Bosinver’s Nanny Pat set out with the family in her camper van to explore the area and find out more.

The Rame Peninsula is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has some of the most beautiful
views in Cornwall. Beaches here are often quiet and secluded, making them ideal for family days out. It’s wonderful walking country, and there are several impressive estates and gardens where you could easily spend a whole day if you wished.

Whitsand Bay

Whitsand Bay is one of the best reasons to visit the Rame Peninsula. The endless views, the golden sands and the tranquility of Whitsand Bay make it one of Nanny Pat’s firm favourite beaches in this part of Cornwall.


Nanny Pat said, “Whitsand Bay is vast with high cliffs and numerous spectacular long sandy beaches. Along Freathy Cliffs are clusters of beach huts, used by evacuees from Plymouth during the war but now glammed up as holiday homes with wonderful views out to sea. We watched dolphins playing from the cliffs and at night a procession of lights from ships tracking up the shipping lanes in the English channel.”

Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park

Mount Edgcumbe House dates back to the 1500s. Home to the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe for over 400 years, it’s now jointly owned by Cornwall Council and Plymouth City Council.

The house and gardens have been restored to what they would have looked like in the 18th century when they were in their prime – it’s almost like stepping back in time. There are Italian, French and English style gardens, an American plantation and a New Zealand garden, plus an outstanding 865 acre landscaped park which is home to fallow deer. There is a wonderful walk around the coast path through the estate and back over the cliffs at Maker Heights with stunning views out to sea and up the river Tamar and the naval dockyard.


Antony is an 18th century mansion looked after by the National Trust. The gardens are just as spectacular as the house and are home to a variety intriguing modern sculptures. Antony’s most recent claim to fame is that it was used as the setting for the film of Alice in Wonderland, directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp.

St Germans and Port Eliot

The area around St Germans is beautiful, with outstanding views of the tidal valley of the River Lynher and the iconic viaduct. Port Eliot Estate is well worth a visit. The house and the garden are both Grade I listed. There’s plenty for children to explore in the grounds, and dogs on leads are also welcome. Port Eliot hosts several events throughout the year, including the family-friendly Port Eliot Festival, a laid-back affair that combines music, literature and good food and makes the most of the spectacular setting. The 2014 festival takes place 25- 27 July – look out for our next blog to find out more.


Getting there

From Bosinver, it takes approximately 40 minutes to reach the Trerulefoot junction or just under an hour to reach Whitsand Bay.

There are several direct trains from St Austell to St Germans – the journey time is approximately 45 minutes, making it an ideal day trip from Bosinver.

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