Portwrinkle is a tiny seaside village on the South East coast of Cornwall, situated slightly east of Downderry and Looe. Traditionally a fishing village, it still has its harbour today, and you can still see the remains of the 17th centrury pilchard cellars, although they have now been incorporated into local housing. Smuggling was also popular along this stretch of coastline, and the old coastguard boathouse and the cottages which housed the men and their families can still be seen.
The village enjoys spectacular views along Whitsand Bay, and benefits from two main beaches, plus a few more smaller beaches nearby. The largest, sandy beach, Finnygook, is very popular with experienced surfers, and also with families. At low tide plenty of rock pools are revealed, perfect for delving into and discovering an array of fascinating sea life. There is also the fabulous Gook Beach Café, serving a delicious selection of hot and cold food to eat in, dine alfresco, or take away. There is a seasonal dog ban on this beach, however, the slightly smaller shingle beach at Hoodny Cove is dog-friendly all year round.
The nearest shop to Portwrinkle is the Crafthole village Post Office and community store, just half a mile away, where you will also find the excellent Finnygook Inn. A few minutes' drive in the other direction, you will find everything you need in the way of shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants in the neighbouring fishing villages of Looe and Polperro. For fun and educational, all-weather family days out, both the Monkey Sanctuary near Looe, and the famous Eden Project are well worth a visit.
A holiday cottage in Portwrinkle offers a fantastic seaside retreat right next to the beach, with everything else you need to make your holiday memorable within a very short drive.
A stone’s throw from Plymouth, Liskeard and Looe, Whitsand Bay Surf School Was founded in 2011 and has built a solid reputation as one of the UK’s most exciting and unique surf schools and coasteering providers. In the beautiful Whitsand Bay, you learn how to catch waves and get to your feet on the sand before taking to the water to carve up those waves under the supervision of our Surf Lifeguard trained instructors, or for those who have it all sussed you can simply hire the kit. Courses, family lessons, beginner lessons, kids’ parties, private lessons and hen or stag parties are all available, while coasteering is available for groups of four or more.
Not perhaps what you might expect to find in Cornwall, The Monkey Sanctuary is a delightful opportunity to learn about its 36 inhabitants, all of whom have distinct characters and personalities. An active rescue centre dealing with individuals that have often not had a very happy start to life, the priority is always their wellbeing, but it’s also an opportunity for guests to meet them and learn about the organization, explore the gardens and cultivated meadows, shop or relax in the café. There’s also a play area for children, with views of the Cornish coast. The sanctuary is closed on Fridays, but otherwise open from March to September (dates vary from year to year, so keep an eye on the website). Prices start at £8.50 per adult and £5 for children, which entitles you to entry for a whole year.
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Great place they do a lot of good work for the monkeys! It’s just sad to hear some of the stories of how they were kept!
Rame Head, or the Rame Peninsula as it is also known, is an Area of Outstanding Beauty perfect for exploring on foot. Footpaths criss-cross a rich rural landscape dotted with pretty villages all bordered by the South West Coast Path linking fabulous cliff top walks with pretty tidal creeks and sandy beaches. Bordered by three sides by water, the peninusula is still easily accessed from Plymouth via the Torpoint Car Ferry, the Cremyll Passenger Ferry and in summer, by the Weston Maid or from other areas by bus or car. Highlights include Mount Edgcumbe House, Port Eliot House, St Michaels Chapel ruins and the beaches of Whitsand Bay, Cawsand and Kingsand.
While most golf courses claim a degree of outdoor beauty, Looe Golf Course really takes the biscuit, with panoramic views of the peaks of Dartmoor and the Tamar estuary to the east, Looe Island and the channel to the south, and the Cornish moors to the west and north. The club welcomes visitors and has a fully licensed bar and catering facilities as well as free parking, practice putting green and practice net, and a well-equipped Pro Shop all available.
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With the tag line ‘throwing people off cliffs since 2009’, what’s not to love about Adrenaline Quarry? Home of zip wires, coasteering, a giant swing and axe throwing they offer the complete adrenaline experience. Priding themselves on the number of adrenalin junkies, thrill seekers, bold mums and dads, toddlers, grandpas, little boys and girls, and old ladies that flock to South East Cornwall for the chance to fly down a zip wire or power a hovercraft solo around the quarry lake, they like to prove themselves as the place to go for outdoor adventures. Cornwall is home to a wealth of extreme sports and this is a wonderful place to start – they even offer hen and stag parties, or wedding parties for the truly dedicated.
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The Finnygook is set in a superb position, offering stunning views of the Tamar Valley, looking down over miles of sandy beaches. This friendly pub & restaurant serves local Cornish beers and real ales, and a varied menu of homemade food featuring locally caught fish and the finest cuts of locally sourced meats. Four legged friends are also welcomed.
Finnygook Inn, Cliff Road, Crafthole, Torpoint, Cornwall, PL11 3BQ (T: 01503 230338)
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Friendly staff and excellent food.
Great food every visit so good we kept going back boring I know but when food is this good why go anywhere else also very friendly staff and front of house
lovely pub, great home cooked food. friendly atmosphere. good choice of ales and dog friendly. Dog even named after the beer tribute.
Quality local food on the Cornish coast, lovingly prepared and simply presented. With a restaurant, bar, sun terrace, deli and café, The Blue Plate restaurant caters for every culinary mood.
Blue Plate Restaurant, Main Road, Downderry, Torpoint PL11 3LD (T: 01503 250308)
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Had a lovely lunchtime meal here . Would recommend.
Traditional Cornish village inn perched on a cliff top, with stunning views of Downderry beach and the ocean beyond.
Local cask ales and excellent locally sourced food with an extensive menu, serving breakfasts, light snacks, cream teas, à la carte meals and carveries in the bar, restaurant, conservatory, or outside decked area. There's also an enclosed lawned garden and children's play area to keep the little people happy.
Inn on the Shore, Downderry, Torpoint, Cornwall PL11 3JY (T: 01503 250027)
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Fantastic sea views from this place, nice restaurant too.
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Located in the heart of Downderry minutes from the beach this great little cafe offers healthy, freshly made food all cooked on site and including a range of vegan and gluten free options. Drop in for organic coffee, something from the extensive tea menu or a freshly made juice or smoothie along with delicious home made cakes and snacks. Daily specials and takeaway available.
Summink Different Broadyard, Downderry PL11 3LX (T: 01503 250311)
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Did not feel welcome as she was sweeping the floor when we arrived and continued to do so! w ping the floor when we arrived and continued to do so.
A great cup of coffee!
A lovely place to sit and watch the sea. Cosy in Winter with a hot chocolate or in Summer with a beer! There is a good restaurant upstairs.
Excellent bar/restaurant,downstairs dog friendly,upstairs glass fronted with great views across season beach ,a changing menu weekly but all we have tried is 1st class ,also friendly owners ,a must visit
A 3 mile stretch of perfect sand located between Rame Head and Portwrinkle, this is possibly one of the best beaches in this part of Cornwall. It is worth noting though that there are dangerous rip currents, and although there is lifeguard cover May-September, swimming here can be dangerous. Access to the beach is via steep cliff paths, unsuitable for wheelchairs or pushcharis from car parks at either end. The easiest access is from the car park near Tregantle Fort leading to Long Sands beach. The other car park is located near Sharrow Point and leads down to Freathy and Tregonhawke Beach. Dog allowed all year round.
A spacious, grey sand beach that’s popular with families, Seaton Beach enjoys views across the green, surrounding countryside and walks in Seaton Valley nearby. At low tide the beach stretches all the way from Seaton Beach to Downderry Beach. There are facilities close by and there is are two car parks as well as road parking, but it does get busy quickly in the summer. The beach is great for surfing, but do be wary of undercurrents. There’s also a café and beach shop close by as well. Dogs are welcome at the beach all year round.
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Great beach dog friendly and no mess everyone respected the fact they could take dogs there
Great beach easily accessible and dog friendly
Visited Seaton Beach several times during our stay fantastic dog friendly beach with the advantage of having the river as well my dog enjoyed swimming in the sea and the river thoroughly recommend this beach.
With fabulous views across Plymouth Sound, Kingsand beach is a sheltered sand and shingle beach on the Rame Peninsula in East Cornwall, perfect for beachlovers of all ages. In the heart of the traditional fishing village of Kingsand, the beach is backed by narrow streets of fishermans cottages and the famous Kingsand Clocktower as well as several cafes and pubs to choose from. Dogs allowed all year, no lifeguard cover.
Millendreath Beach is a south facing beach at the foot of a wooded valley, in a sheltered cove with soft sand and lots of rock pools to explore at low tide. It’s connected to other nearby beaches by the South West Coast Path. Dogs aren’t allowed on this beach at any time of the year, and there is a reasonably sized car park a few minutes walk away. The beach is popular with families on holiday in Cornwall, and most of the surrounding area is occupied by a holiday park, so there are lot of facilities open to the public.
A sand and shingle beach with boats to hire, rockpools to explore and safe swimming, Cawsand village beach is similar to neighbouring Kingsand but is the larger of the two beaches. Historically a smuggling village, 17th century Cawsand retains its narrow streets, pretty cottages and traditional pubs making it popular with visitors during the summer months .