• Pretty village with good pubs
  • Beautiful location
  • Passenger ferries to Plymouth

Cawsand is sometimes known as the forgotten corner of Cornwall. Overlooking Plymouth Sound and with a seafront bordered by two houses and a hotel this lovely village is part of Mount Edgcumbe Country Park.

Many years ago it was a renowned centre for smuggling being so close to Plymouth and the potential markets there. It was estimated that 17,000 casks of brandy came through this little village but today it remains a quiet, get away from it all holiday destination. Frequent winners of the Best Kept Village award and in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the village is an artist´s dream. Cawsand Bay offers the perfect place to drop anchor and is popular for swimming, sailing, windsurfing and water skiing.

For places to stay in Cornwall, as a base from which to visit Cawsand and the surrounding area, please see: Country House Hotels in Cornwall , Coastal Hotels in Cornwall , Spa Hotels in Cornwall , Bed & Breakfasts in Cornwall or Self-Catering Cottages in Cornwall

There are plenty of fantastic walks and places to visit from Cawsand. Nearby Cremyll has a passenger ferry that will take you over to Plymouth, just follow the coastal path through Mount Edgcumbe Country Park and you will find it. Rame Head is also worth exploring. The Head is flanked by two small beaches, Eastern and Western Gear, which are accessible only by boat. There is an old coastguard lookout on Rame Head. The coastguard has long abandoned the lookout, which is now manned by volunteers. Apart from the coastguard lookout there is a well-preserved Iron Age hill fort on the peninsula. There was once a medieval chapel here as well, and crumbling ruins of the building can still be seen.

Cawsand is said to be the birthplace of one John Pollard, who served on the Victory during the Battle Of Trafalgar, and who is credited with killing the man who fired the fatal shot at Nelson. And indeed Nelson himself anchored in the bay here in 1801. Navy vessels used to moor up here leading to the building of the local pubs; today these serve good food for a leisurely lunch.

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