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Towering above the sea, this historic headland offers dramatic, panoramic views
The Dodman is the highest headland on the south Cornish coast. Offering spectacular views, this area is also of great archaeological interest.
A massive Iron Age earthwork, nearly 666m long and over 6m high, encloses the headland. Over 2,000 years ago, this earthwork could have housed a series of dwellings, known collectively as a promontory fort or cliff castle.
The Bulwark earthwork provides a circular footpath around the Dodman, connecting to the South West Coast Path. More history is evident in the late 18th-century watch house, a survivor of what was a chain of Admiralty signal stations set up to alert the Navy in Plymouth of any untoward shipping movements.
Adding to the drama of Dodman Point is a large, granite cross erected in 1896 by Rev. G Martin as a navigational aid for seafarers. Visible from several miles away, it still helps sailors find their way along this stunning stretch of coastline.
A haven for walkers, bird-watchers and budding archaeologists alike, the Dodman offers space from the hustle and bustle and a chance to get back to nature. To stay a little longer, why not book one of our cottages at Penare and Hemmick?
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Discover the Dodman, rich in archaeological features including bronze age barrows, iron age earthworks, medieval field systems, the admiralty signal station and the 19th century granite cross.