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The Rame Peninsula: Pier Cellar Dog Walk

The Rame Peninsula is a beautiful part of Cornwall that is often overlooked by visitors due to its isolated geography. But those that go are rewarded with beautiful (quiet!) beaches, quaint villages and a stunning section of coastal path to explore. It was the latter that drew my dog Monty and I, for a dog walk one beautiful blue Sunday afternoon.

Monty dog

We parked up in Kingsand carpark and walked through Kingsand and the neighbouring village of Cawsand to access the coastal path. It was steep incline upwards, but just a few minutes in and the views of the twin villages below were already worth it.

One of the things I love so much about this area is not only does it have the coastal element that so many Cornish towns are famed for, but it’s densely wooded too. The result makes for some very good exploring. It had dried out by the time we hit the path, so mud was minimal which is always a bonus when you’re out with a golden retriever...


The densely wooded path hugs the coasts affording walkers both gorgeous sea and woodland views. Oh, and a very good range of sticks, I’m told. We walked on for about 15 more minutes taking in the stunning sea vistas and fresh air, passing the odd house and a few other walkers out making the most of this sunny spell. Eventually we stumbled across Pier Cellars.

You can’t access the site, but having read up on it, it was fun just to have a look. Sitting at the shoreline of Pier Cove is Pier Cellars. It was built as a torpedo station in 1888/9 as a way to engage the enemy way before it neared the channel to Plymouth, as well as to protect Cawsand Bay. It was constructed out of shuttered concrete and brick which was camouflaged with earth, helping to protect the structure from shell-fire. 

We followed the path up the back of the site to get a better look. The building and underground chambers consisted of an engine room, dynamo room, wire-winding store and a torpedo room with a slipway. The Brennan torpedo was propelled and steered via wires which were unwound from two drums within the body of it. The station remained in use until 1903 and it was also used in the Second World War as one of Plymouth Sound’s Harbour Defence Stations. These days it’s used by the Royal Navy for training purposes, but there is no public access.

After a history lesson (which the dog was not entirely interested in!) we decided to turn back in search of food and bit of beachside playtime, the return walk requiring much less huffing and puffing as it was mostly downhill. The afternoon sun was still out and created a lovely dappled effect as we made our back through the woods into the village.

Leaving the thick woodland it took my eyes a few seconds to adjust to the beautiful bright coastal light. Afternoon sun bathed the villages in a gorgeous golden filter and they managed to look even more picturesque than before. Monty didn’t give two hoots about the scenery, but he did care for the rockpools at Cawsand Bay,  having a marvellous fun exploring and sniffing his way around the empty beach.

After that, I thoroughly recommend a holiday on the Rame Peninsula and there was only one thing left to do – seaside chips! 



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