whitsand forts

On Wednesday as I was walking through the field in front of the chalet I could hear the sound of gunfire and knew that signified there was training up at the firing ranges at Tregantle Fort. This stretch of East Cornwall has many forts, known as ‘the ring of fire’, built to safeguard the port of Plymouth and originally built to keep out Napoleon.

When the ranges at Tregantle Fort are not being used for live firing, the beach is open to the public. Access is by the permissive path, which runs to the beach from the car park alongside the road. For safety reasons, the path is closed when the ranges are in use and red flags fly to alert the public (or red lamps lit at night). It’s a popular beach, the access is the gentlest on the legs and there is still a good amount of beach at high tide. It is life guarded through July and August and surf schools run classes from there but there are no amenities at the beach although there is always a parked up snack van in the car park.

Sea Field View is now officially on the website of Polhawn Fort, another ‘ring of fire’ fort on the eastern end of the bay and now a beautiful and unique venue to hold a wedding or other significant event.

With views right across the sweep of Whitsand Bay and with grounds of historical value  it has to tick all the boxes for a romantic place to share with family and friends.

high tide viewed from above Polhawn Fort on the SW coastal path

Talking of significant events, the Jubilee weekend is fast approaching and here in the UK we have not one but two bank holidays making it a very long weekend of festivities. The weekend kicks off for me with ‘The Forgotten’ the BBC radio 4 play that I went off to record in Brighton, starting at 2.30 in the Afternoon play slot but available to listen to on the BBC iplayer for seven days.

The chalet is hosting old and new (canine)friends and we will be dipping our toes into the local Jubilee party on Sunday here on the cliff and then on Monday we will cross the Tamar to the Royal William Yard Jubilee Market.

Tuesday ? we will be recovering from all the patriotic partying by chill-axing(with a pasty) and all our other market goodies!


About Ruth

I am an actor and theatre maker, I moved down to the SW of England 19 years ago with my partner and son. Five years ago we bought a chalet on the Rame Peninsula and are fully embracing life of the cliff.
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