SX4350 : Cawsands Ferry

taken 2 years ago, near to Cawsand, Cornwall, Great Britain

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Cawsands Ferry
Cawsands Ferry
Kingsand and Cawsand
Kingsand and Cawsand are twin coastal villages in southeast Cornwall. The two villages are effectively one, as they merge together with no obvious demarcation. However, for a while Kingsand was in Devon, while Cawsand remained in Cornwall. This old boundary can be found on the house "Devon-Corn" (see SX4350 : Devon Corn). The boundary between the two counties was redrawn along the Tamar in 1844, when Kingsand returned to Cornwall.
Kingsand-Cawsand has several pubs: In Cawsand, The Cawsand Bay Hotel and The Cross Keys remain while The Criterion and The Ship (almost opposite each other in Garrett Street) have both closed. The former has been converted into a house, while the latter is in a sorry state awaiting renovation. In Kingsand there is The Halfway House, The Devonport and The Rising Sun, while the former Boatel has now closed and become a private dwelling.
Cawsand has just one shop, "The Shop in the Square" but Kingsand has several mostly clustered around The Cleave and up along Fore Street.
In summer there is a regular passenger ferry from Cawsand Beach across Cawsand Bay, past the breakwater and Plymouth Sound to the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth. This excellent little ferry (a former lifeboat from the Canberra, I believe) can be quite an eventful and exciting crossing in choppy seas, though if the weather becomes too fearsome it doesn't run. The ferry is used both by villagers travelling to Plymouth, and by residents of Plymouth visiting this very attractive part of Cornwall - to use the beach or to walk to nearby Mount Edgcumbe.
Kingsand-Cawsand is situated on the Rame peninsula and is surrounded by varied and dramatic countryside, with cliffs, bays, sandy beaches, undulating farmland and many woods and streams as well as numerous historic relics, most particularly the post-Napoleonic forts built by Palmerston in the mid C19th to deter the French. Many of these forts and batteries are now ruinous, but several such as Cawsand and Picklecombe Forts have been converted into exclusive apartments, while the largest of all, at Tregantle is still used by the Army and has an accompanying Danger Area (when red flags are flying) which extends down to Long Sands on Whitsand Bay.
Cawsands Ferry
The Cawsand Ferry service has been operating for more than one hundred years, connecting Plymouth to the beautiful beaches and villages of Cawsand and Kingsand. it operates between Easter and October
The Weston Maid or Red Pig, as she’s affectionately known by the locals, offers a 30 minute sailing to and from the Barbican Landing Stage in Plymouth, directly onto Cawsand Beach.
A 40ft purpose built passenger vessel, The Weston Maid is a celebrity in her own right, built as a lifeboat for the ocean liner, Canberra
The trusty Weston Maid has travelled many thousands of miles all over the world, with true pedigree! The Weston Maid is M.C.A. Licensed to carry 62 passengers and two members of crew.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 1 June, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 20 November, 2017
Geographical Context
Coastal 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 4346 5022 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:19.8636N 4:12.0476W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 4344 5022
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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