Things to see and do on the Dodman

Painted lady and common blue butterflies 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.
Look out for the stone cross up above the cliffs which takes you through centuries of history over tumuli, hillforts and and bulwalks.
We have created a walking trail starting at the car park at Penare, taking you up and round the Point. You can choose to make a longer walk taking in Gorran Haven or loop back past Penare Farm.
Download the trail


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. There is a footpath leading down from the car park, through the fields and down to the beach. Having the cars up the lane leaves Hemmick beach wonderfully free from traffic and fuss. For anyone with limited mobility, there's space to pull in and drop people off.
If you can't bear to leave, then book Hemmick holiday 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.