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Cawsand - Penlee Point - Rame Head - Polhawn - Whitsand Bay - Cawsand Walk


This is a really splendid circular walk and is perhaps one of the best-known walks for regular walkers in the area. It has something for everyone: beautiful coastal section with a few ups and downs to a walk up to a very old chapel which sits high at the top of Rame Head offering 360-degree views around this magnificent headland, the first major headland that seafarers pass when heading down the channel to Cornwall. There is another headland, very different in its own way from Rame Head but quite spectacular nevertheless, particularly when approached up through the trees from Cawsand, as you will on this walk. You are walking through trees one moment before emerging onto a completely open coastal path with Penlee Point directly below you to your left. Nestling away initially out of sight is a splendid old folly, well worth a slight detour to see such a splendid old building with lovely framed views. The walk along to Rame Head is excellent and easy going. If you are lucky you may spot the deer which wander below you through the gorse, grass and bracken-covered steep descent to the rock and the sea. 

When you reach Rame Head, a climb up to the top of the headland to visit the 10th Century chapel and to enjoy the views, is not to be missed. It is an ideal spot to have a break at the top, sitting beside what was the concrete base for a radar station in the war.

Leaving Rame Head, the route continues along the coast path to the corner of Whitsand Bay, again wonderful views on offer and on by the old Palmerston Fort of Polhawn until you reach the coastguard cottages just beyond. There you follow a track up and away from the coast to the road back to Cawsand. The last section of the walk is across fields on the descent to the valley back to  Cawsand, where you finally join the road for the last 400 metres back to the car park. Don't go without exploring Cawsand and its sister village of Kingsand; there are several pubs, two beaches, shops and narrow roads. If you leave without the final bit of exploring you'll be missing a treat.

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