The 'Forgotten Corner of Cornwall', hidden away from busy traffic and noise. But although the peninsula is almost completely surrounded by water, it's not as difficult to get to this beautiful part of the world as you might think.
The Rame Peninsula, image Adam Gibbard
The Rame Peninsula is bounded by Whitsand Bay and the English Channel to the south, Plymouth Sound to the east and the Lynher and Tamar estuaries to the north. Although there is no bridge between the peninsula and nearby Plymouth, there are frequent car ferries going back and forth between Plymouth and Torpoint, the main town on the peninsula. (There is also a small passenger ferry between Cremyll and Plymouth, and in summer another one between Cawsand and Plymouth.)
The peninsula is characterised by pretty little villages (both inland and on the coast), beautiful beaches and wild clifftops. Most of the area is classed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Walkers doing the full South West Coast Path walk will find that the Rame Peninsula will be one of the highlights.
Cliffs near Cawsand, image Matt Jessop
The Rame Peninsula maybe the 'Forgotten Corner' to civilians, but not to sailors in the Royal Navy. HMS Raleigh is spread over several square miles near Torpoint, and is the Navy's basic training facility. All new recruits come here for their first ten weeks of training.
There are two stately homes on the peninsula - Antony House (owned by the National Trust) and Mount Edgecumbe (owned by Plymouth City Council and Cornwall Council). Both are open to the public and have extensive grounds. Not far away in St Germans is a third house, Port Eliot, which is open to the public in the spring.
Antony House, image National Trust
With so much water around, it's not surprising that the peninsula is such a great place for watersports. Whitsand Bay has two surf schools and because it's not as busy as some of the other surf resorts in Cornwall, it's the perfect place to learn. You can also try Stand Up Paddleboarding here. Whitsand Bay is the biggest beach in the region - several miles long and spacious enough that you won't be fighting for space even on a hot summer's day. There are also nice (smaller) beaches at Kingsand and Cawsand.
Cawsand Beach, image Adam Gibbard
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