Rame Peninsula – June Walk of the Month

Rame Head Photographer Tobie Loates (2014 Photo Competition entry)
Rame Head Photographer Tobie Loates (2014 Photo Competition entry)

Our walk of the month takes in the beautiful Rame Head peninsula on Cornwall’s south east coast, which juts out into the Channel close to the mouth of the Tamar Estuary. Its southernmost point, Rame Head (pictured above by Tobie Loates), is topped by a tiny chapel dedicated to St. Michael. This is a gentle 3.6 mile walk from Kingsand, Cawsand to Penlee Point.

This is a perfect summer stroll that follows a high path over coastal heathland, where butterflies twirl above the wildflowers in the grass beside the path and the breathtaking views out across the English Channel give sight of an assortment of vessels, usually including warships lying at anchor or patrolling the Channel. In the eighteenth century this was prime smuggling country and the headquarters of Zephaniah Job’s notorious ‘West Country Free Trade’ enterprise. It was also a key area for the defence of Plymouth Sound’s south western approaches, and the walk passes several of the Rame peninsula’s military forts and batteries.

If you enjoyed this walk and love the Path, why not become a member of the South West Coast Path Association and help to protect it for future generations?

For just £20, you’ll receive the ‘Complete Guide’ to walking it and a year’s worth of news, reviews and discounts from selected partners that support the Association’s work including a 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor.

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2 thoughts on “Rame Peninsula – June Walk of the Month”

  1. Hi,
    At Valley of the Rocks, Wotcombe on John Musgrave Trail and have had serious argument with youth trying to kill huge mature tree by carefully and comprehensively bark stripping from its base with axe.
    He is camping in small tent 200mtr inside woodland area from car park. He has no respect for this heritage woodland and needs to be accosted by Park Rangers with out delay.
    Andy Ramsden.
    Above is the emergency email I sent to info@countryside-trust.org.uk on the 15/7/16 at 13.58pm but didn’t receive any reply. A distastful altercation with the youth and his three cronies highlighted to me a need for working contact numbers and email addresses on the various coastal path information boards. The particular public information/map board we consulted in an adjacent car park to the youths included a string of worthy sounding associations, non of which had up to date email addresses or phone numbers!
    At home this morning I’ve looked at a variety of web sites associated with the walking and tourist sites for the S W coast of Devon and found non to be interactive in the sense that I might report difficulties. Instead the sites simply offer information about amenities and walks which surely is only part of the story?

    Do Park Rangers exist and if so why is there no way to contact them?

    Does this make sense to anyone?


  2. You contacted the right people – the Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust who look after Watcombe woods on behalf of Torbay Council. On our website we have a ‘Report a problem’ link on each of our walk pages, and any reports we get, we pass onto the relevant authority / ranger who looks after that section of the path.
    However with budget cut backs in recent years means that the authorities are increasingly stretched to be able to respond as well as they’d like, and many organisations have changed or ceased to exist hence why the information boards are out of date.
    As a charity the South West Coast Path Association is trying to help through fundraising and lobbying for repairs and improvements.


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