Located in South East Cornwall, Rame Peninsula is widely known as Cornwall's forgotten corner, and what a shame. It's one of Cornwall's best kept secrets and is an epically dramatic large stretch of beautiful untamed Cornish coastline. Also nearby are the picturesque and quaint twin villages of Kingsand and Cawsand; once a popular spot for pirates and smugglers but with impressive waterfront pubs and restaurants it now attracts a more friendly clientele.
There's much more to Rame head, or "Penn an Hordh" to native Cornish speakers, than breathtaking scenery; you could never tell by looking at it now that it was once the site of an ancient hill fort during the iron age.
Located on the tip of Rame head are the beautifully haunting remains of a lonely chapel dedicated to Saint Michael that was used for worship as early as 1397, but it is widely believed to have been built on the site of what had been an ancient celtic worship site.
The large majority of the Rame Peninsula is contained within Mount Edgecumbe Country Park, which is an absolute must see. It's great for walking and offers a variety of different landscapes ranging from formal gardens to wild woodland. Mount Edgecumbe is also home to the National Camellia collection.
Also nearby is Whitsand Beach, a four mile sequence of sandy beaches starting from Rame Head and ending in Portwinkle. Car parking is available but be warned it can get very busy during the summer months. Access to the beach can be difficult due to uneven paths and steps, but it is worth it. If you have very young children it may not be suitable as there are few facilities. If you want somewhere that has great shops as well as a beach with easy access you should head to Looe which is just down the road.
This is a lovely place to spend the day, and if you get visit on a sunny day be sure to hang around in the evening to watch the sun go down on the sea which is a really special sight.
Due to strong rip currents this beach is very popular with advanced surfers and is also dog friendly.
For more hidden secrets of Cornwall see our previous article Secret Escapes in Cornwall - Looe.