Cawsand Bay

Cawsand Bay
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A calm sheltered bay which looks over Plymouth Sound and is generally considered a safe place for swimming. The beach is made of sand and shingle and also has many rock pools to explore around the edges. Boats can be hired and there is a slipway from the beach. A good place for families.

The twin villages of Cawsand and Kingsand are a pair of 17th Century fishing villages once renown for their smuggling activities. The streets are narrow and twisting with pretty pastel-coloured houses and can be hard to negotiate for people not used to them so cars are best left at the car park at Cawsand.

The two villages are part of Mount Edgcumbe Country Park and are within the Rame Peninsula, which is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The area is sometimes called the forgotton corner of Cornwall because visitors to the county now use the much improved A30 and no longer pass through it. In the summer season there is a passenger ferry from Plymouth to Cawsand.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service

No lifeguard cover

Dogs friendly beach?

Seasonal dog ban. 1st July to 31st August / 10am to 6pm

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Disabled access

The large car park is relatively close to the beach and beach access is straightforward


PL10 1PJ

OS grid ref.

SX 4353 5018


Toilets, cafe/shop, boat hire


Parking by the beach