Route Highlight

Rame Peninsula

The big C-shape on the map to the southwest of Plymouth is awkward to drive to because it’s one giant dead-end. But it’s worth the detour to this forgotten corner of Cornwall.

The highlight of the Rame Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is Mount Edgcumbe Country Park. It’s an ancestral mansion amid a huge estate overlooking Plymouth Sound. Park here for a chance to explore forest walks, formal gardens, shops and cafes.

It’s worth visiting the quirky and pretty seaside villages of Kingsand and Cawsand too. The border was once in the middle of the sandy cove here. The old Devon half of the village was called ‘King’ and the Cornish ‘Caw’. They are joined but still separated by a stream.

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Looe

Looe is a classic small seaside resort with nautical pubs, cafes and shops in narrow streets either side of a busy harbour at the river mouth. Energetic visitors try coastpath adventures, particularly towards Polperro, and boat trips to Looe Island.

Polperro

Park at the top of the pedestrianised village and walk down cobbled lanes and alleys. They lead between whitewashed fishing cottages and seafood eateries perched on cliffs around a tiny medieval harbour.

Fowey

Pastel-painted terraces and narrow winding streets overlook a deep wooded estuary full of bobbing yachts and fishing boats. Between stylish bars, galleries and restaurants you can find a museum, castle and aquarium.

Eden Project

Just a mile inland from St Austell Bay there’s a chance to visit one of the UK’s most popular gardens. The futuristic domes of the Eden Project fill the crater of a former china clay quarry.

St Austell Bay

Cornwall’s biggest town has an unglamorous reputation despite interesting visitor centres at its brewery and china clay quarries. Yet the old Victorian town centre is a relaxing non-touristy place to wander.

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