A Pocket Guide To Whitsand Bay, Cornwall
We recently discovered the allure of South East Cornwall and in particular, the unspoiled beaches of Whitsand Bay. As well as being a surfer’s paradise, there are a host of sea-to-fork restaurants, cosy pubs and coastal walks nearby, making this the perfect destination for urbanites looking to unwind and recharge. Here is your long-weekend guide to the area, including other nearby coastal towns worth a visit if you travel by car.
RIDE THE WAVES AT WHITSAND BAY
The beaches of Whitsand Bay extend for three miles from Rame Head to Portwrinkle and are some of South East Cornwall’s less renowned coastal spots. The best part about this? They’re always reasonably peaceful and quiet, even in the height of summer. Reachable by winding paths through verdant vegetation, the stretches of sand are perfect for walking and jogging along. The waves also bring ideal surfing opportunities and surfers flock to Whitsand Bay year-round. Don’t worry if you’re not a pro just yet though, there’s a local surf school nearby offering expertise and selling all the essentials.
ESCAPE REALITY AT VERDUN, TORPOINT
If you’re planning a sojourn by the sea, Verdun is a blissful retreat on Tregonhawke Cliff that blends tranquility, comfort and luxury. Take in the seascape views on the extensive wooden deck or head up to a larger garden, where you’ll find a fire pit for alfresco dining, a relaxing hot tub and a charming summer house – which makes the perfect afternoon reading spot. With so much to offer, it’ll be hard to tear yourself away from the chalet itself. The host Tina provides the warmest of welcomes too, with special attention paid to every detail – from the welcome hamper to the perfectly-equipped kitchen.
A closer look at Verdun...
INDULGE AT THE VIEW RESTAURANT
Balanced on the cliffs at Whitsand Bay on the Rame Peninsula, The View is a modern and vibrant family restaurant. Adding to its individuality is a pared-back aesthetic that encourages customers to devote their attention to the views of the Rame Head, The Eddystone lighthouse and the Cornish coastline in the distance. And that’s all before we’ve reached the menu, which rotates daily with selections of locally sourced fish and seafood, with a focus on clean, simple flavours. The View has been a local favourite for years, heralded for its relaxed approach to fine dining.
LOOKOUT FROM RAME HEAD HERITAGE COAST
Craving a salty-fresh stroll? Take the South West Coastal path where you’ll be able to spot The Eddystone lighthouse and make the most of the sea air. Rame Head Heritage Coast has a well-loved stretch of headland complete with a spectacular view of the coast from above. This is also the ultimate route for bird-watchers, who can expect to spot everything from merlins to short-eared owls, particularly in autumn.
REFUEL AT THE CANTEEN, MAKER HEIGHTS
Located on the last hill on the Rame Peninsula, The Canteen is a welcoming, open-plan cafe offering hearty, healthy food. The menu is succinct but thoughtfully put-together, comprising just four starters and five mains (whilst catering to vegetarians and vegans too). Housed in old barrack buildings with an outdoor seating area with benches, it overlooks the twin villages of Kingsand and Cawsand – which are also worth visiting if you have time.
EXPLORE NEARBY TOWN LOOE
Looe is a medieval coastal town that falls on both sides of the River Looe. Visit the harbour to enjoy freshly caught, award-winning fish at the local restaurants and make the most of the many golden beaches, including Hannafore and Looe Beach. This is also another great location for walking enthusiasts, with many trails to choose from including Kilminorth Woods, West Looe Valley and the South West Coast Path.
ENJOY CASUAL DINING AT THE DEVONPORT INN
The Devonport Inn is located in the endearing village of Kingsand and offers easy, relaxed pub dining. Located yards away from a small-scale beach, it makes the perfect outdoor location in summer months, whilst in cooler seasons, you can stay cosy in the traditional interior. Renowned for their seafood dishes, the menu boasts selections of lobster, crab, oysters and mussels but if you are just passing by, try their signature Cornish pasty and a pint of local beer.