Rame Head AONB section
Yet this AONB section contains the 800 acre Mount Edgcumbe Park, one of the most beautiful in England, as well as the Maker Heights, Rame Head itself and the picturesque villages of Kingsand and Cawsand.
From Whitsand Bay in the west, a haunt of the rare Dartford Warbler, the coastal path takes you to Rame Head, a dramatic headland surmounted by a medieval chapel which once doubled as a hermitage and lighthouse.
Inland, the coast gives way to heath and then small fields. At Rame village the 11th Century church has the last remaining hand-pumped organ in the country.
Further round the coast lie the conjoined villages of Kingsand and Cawsand. The tiny cottages in these narrow streets once looked down on the Spanish Armada as it anchored in the bay. The old county border marker is shown on a house in Garrett Street – once Kingsand was in Devon and Cawsand in Cornwall! Above sit the 18th century fortifications of Maker Heights then the land drops away through woodland to the tidal expanse of Millbrook Lake.
The eastern end of the AONB is taken up with the splendour of Mount Edgcumbe House and Park. The house has been reconstructed in Tudor style and the grounds comprise formal gardens, woodlands with wild deer and buildings including forts, a temple, a folly and an orangery.
The AONB section ends at Cremyll where a passenger ferry crosses to Plymouth.