Things to see and do

Walking on the Dodman

When you're looking for a tucked away place where you make your own entertainment, this is just the ticket. Go picnicking, clamber down to Vault beach, do a two minute beach clean, go rock pooling, discover the archaeology, search for the signal station on the Dodman, stay in one of our holiday cottages - for a quiet place there's so much to do.

Look out for

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. Look out for our Dartmoor ponies who help with the conservation grazing, they're quite shy, but you might spot them munching away.

Dodman Cross

An invigorating walk with stunning views, taking you onto Dodman Point, the highest headland on the south coast.
Download our walking trail and walk out over the Dodman and discover a beautiful landscape.


Hemmick is a hidden gem. The beach has golden sands and is perfect for a family day out, with plenty of parking at nearby Penare.
If you can't bear to leave, then book Hemmick holiday cottage.


Park up in our car park at Penare and strike out over the Dodman. For a beach day, walk down the lane nearby Hemmick one way, or find Vault beach the other; or book into one of our holiday cottages here (Bodrugan, Edgcumbe and cosy Granny's cottage).


Just along the coast from the Dodman to the eastern end of St Austell Bay you can walk out around the promontory of Blackhead where you'll find the remains of the Iron Age fort. Then pause and take in the 360⁰ views - well worth lacing up your walking boots for.

Blackhead on Cornwall's south coast

Grid reference SX039480 or near this post code PL26 6BH

View to Vault beach on the Dodman

Places to stay

The Dodman and Penare will enchant you to stay for a while longer.