The Rame Peninsula

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Introduction

 

The house and village are in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty set on the Rame Peninsula, known as "Cornwall 's Forgotten Corner". The peninsula has many beaches to enjoy (the nearest less than a mile away and recommended by a Which report as the best on the south coast), spectacular coastal scenery and unspoilt fishing villages to see, country houses to visit and a wide variety of places in which to eat and drink (the excellent local pub and restaurant is half a mile away in Crafthole). Yet Plymouth with its city attractions and many historic connections is only seven miles via the Torpoint car ferry. The popular resorts of Looe and Polperro are about 20 minutes away and the world famous Eden Project only 35 minutes.

 

Other attractions nearby include super walks, fishing (sea, lake and river), sailing and boat hire, golf (spectacular 18 hole course just half a mile away), tennis, horse riding, indoor swimming and much more.

 

What to do and where to go

 

Set within south east Cornwall the Rame peninsula stretches from St Germans to Torpoint to Rame Head to Downderry/Seaton. It is called "Cornwall 's Forgotten Corner" and there is a fascinating book of the same name describing it. More precisely it is undiscovered rather than forgotten. Most visitors to Cornwall go over the Tamar Bridge and drive straight past on the A38 or go via Looe.

 

Torpoint is the main town, not overly aesthetic but adequate for functional needs like grocery shopping, banks, and for entering and leaving Cornwall. Beyond Torpoint, the rest of the peninsula is a very special place.

 

The peninsula is steeped in history too great to detail here, but perfect for amateur and serious history buffs alike. It is still dominated by the three great estates of the Carew-Poles, Edgcumbes, and Eliots, based at Antony House, Mount Edgcumbe , and Port Eliot respectively.

 

There are several fine churches, in particular at Rame (no electricity, just candle-power), St Germans (the cathedral of Cornwall in the 11th century), and Sheviock itself. The area also has more military forts, mainly built in the 19th century, than probably anywhere else in the country. As well as all this, we can offer you an 14th century chapel at Rame Head and a wealth of smuggling history.

 

Beaches

 

The nearest beaches to Sheviock Barton are the two at Portwrinkle. The first beach, called Chalet Beach, is directly below the Whitsand Bay Hotel. Parking fees are payable on the front but if you park on the road beyond the hotel in Whitsand Bay View, there's no charge. The second beach is Harbour Beach beside the tiny, but still working, harbour.

 

All around the peninsula, from Kingsand to Portwrinkle and beyond, there are some of the finest beaches in Cornwall. The cliff road along Whitsand Bay from Tregantle Fort to Rame Head is spectacular in its own right but there are beautiful sandy beaches all the way along. They need a certain amount of energy to get down to but, as such, remain unspoiled. One of the best sandy beaches is immediately beneath Tregantle Fort. Don't be alarmed by the firing range as you go by they give you plenty of warning when in use, so watch out for the red flag. The next beach at Sharrow Cliff, is excellent and has steps down to it.

 

With a mixture of sand, shingle and rock pools, the beaches at Kingsand and Cawsand are ideal for families, rarely crowded yet close to all facilities.

 

The beach at Downderry is conveniently placed beneath the pub. Seaton is the nearest beach you can walk straight onto from the car and therefore can get busier.

 

Water Sports - Sailing, Diving, Surfing, Swimming, Relaxing

 

Whitsand Bay, with its four-mile stretch of golden sand, is a favourite with surfers all year round. For local diving information try the link above and Whitsand Bay Divers (0845 2002313), based at Seaton.

 

Fishing

 

Within 10 minutes drive from Sheviock Barton, there is Coarse and Fly Fishing at Bake Lakes, Trerulefoot (07798 585836). And also coarse fishing at Tregonhawke Farm, Millbrook (01752 823210).

 

Sea and estuary fishing is possible from the shore, cliffs (try Sharrow Cliff) and headlands, and from the River Lynher estuary, try Wacker Quay at Antony.

 

For more details on fishing in south east Cornwall , click here.

 

Horse Riding

 

Nearest to Sheviock Barton (5 miles) are the Penewin Riding Stables. You'll find them at Trerulefoot, Saltash , PL12 5DA, just off the A38. Contact 01752 851365.

 

Also, TM International Riding School of Horsemanship at Sunrising the Riding Centre, Henwood, Liskeard , PL14 5BP, telephone 01579 362895.

 

Golf

 

Within 20 minutes drive there are 4 excellent golf courses.

 

On the peninsula itself, less than 1 mile from Sheviock Barton, we have Whitsand Bay Golf Club with its 18-hole course on the cliff top, spectacularly overlooking the sea. There's also Looe Golf Club and the internationally renowned St Mellion Club with its Jack Nicklaus course. There's also the China Fleet Club in Saltash.

 

Walking

 

From Sheviock Barton itself, there are two particularly good walks. Cross the main road into Georges Lane and follow this out of the village, it will eventually take you (through the undergrowth) to the estuary of the River Lynher the route passes the remains of an Iron Age Fort on the right (walk across the fields), which overlooks the estuary.

 

The second walk takes you to Portwrinkle Harbour, about 25 minutes. Turn left from the house and left into Horsepool Road . Follow the lane, straight across the road on the hill up to Crafthole. When you reach the Coast Road , go right then left down Donkey Lane to the Harbour. You can come back via Crafthole (sustenance at Whitsand Bay Hotel, the Gook CafĂ© or the Finnygook Inn) to make it a circular trip, which takes an hour in total.

 

As well as country lanes, woods, and country parks and gardens, the Cornwall Coastal Path stretches all round the peninsula with spectacular views particularly in the one-hour walk from Mount Edgcumbe to Kingsand and then a further hour's walk to reach Rame Head. You can also simply enjoy exploring the ancient and narrow streets of Kingsand and Cawsand. There is a bus service, of sorts, which links the villages, to help you get back from a long walk more quickly. Check the timetables.

 

Other Attractions/Distractions Nearby

 

Indoor swimming at Liskeard and Saltash municipal leisure centres, both of which are very well run. The Garden Leisure Centre in Torpoint offers a full range of indoor leisure and fitness activities as well as a swimming pool.

 

There are tennis courts in Torpoint (temporary membership available) and Millbrook (open to the public).

 

Disco goers will find The Harbour Lights club (known locally as The Harbour Fights if that helps give you an impression of its ambience) in Torpoint is the main nightspot between Sheviock and Plymouth.