Rame Peninsula

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The Rame Peninsula[1]

The Rame Peninsula /ˈrm/ (Cornish: Gorenys an Ros)[2] is a peninsula in south-east Cornwall. The peninsula is surrounded by the English Channel to the south, Plymouth Sound to the east, the Hamoaze to the northeast and the estuary of the River Lynher to the northwest. On a clear day, the Atlantic Ocean can be seen from advantageous points from Rame Head. The largest settlement is Torpoint, which is on the eastern coast, facing Devonport in Plymouth, Devon.

The peninsula is named after Rame Head, to the south of the peninsula. The peninsula also includes the village and parish of Rame. 50°19′26″N 4°12′50″W / 50.324°N 4.214°W / 50.324; -4.214Coordinates: 50°19′26″N 4°12′50″W / 50.324°N 4.214°W / 50.324; -4.214 The entire area of the peninsula is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.[3]


Fourlanesend School, one of the local primary schools for the Rame Peninsula

Other places on the peninsula include: Antony, Cawsand, Crafthole, Cremyll, Fourlanesend, Freathy, Higher Wilcove, Kingsand, Lower Tregantle, Maker, Millbrook, Mount Edgcumbe House, Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, Penlee, Portwrinkle, Sheviock, and St John and Withnoe Barton. Kingsand and Cawsand are protected by the headland.[4] Much of the peninsula is owned by the Mount Edgcumbe estate which also includes Mount Edgcumbe Country Park.[4]

County history[edit]

Until boundary reform in the 19th century a part of the peninsula was part of Devon, not Cornwall. The Counties (Detached Parts) Act 1844 transferred parts of Maker and St John, ensuring those parishes (and the peninsula) were entirely in Cornwall. These manors had been possessions of Tavistock Abbey from Norman times.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Rame peninsula: this panoramic shot of the Rame peninsula takes in its sweep from Rame Church (far left at SX426491) to the chapel on Rame Head (the little square, far right at SX418483). Between these but nearer the latter can just be made out the mast of the Coast Guard station (at SX420487).
  2. ^ Maga Cornish Place Names
  3. ^ "The Rame Peninsula". Visit Cornwall the Cornwall Tourist Board. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Visit South East Cornwall". VisitCornwall. Retrieved 15 January 2015.

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