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Things to do at the Dodman

The rocky seaside along Hemmick Beach at The Dodman, Cornwall
Down on Hemmick Beach at The Dodman | © National Trust Images / Hugh Mothersole

A haven for walkers, birdwatchers and budding archaeologists alike, the Dodman offers space from the hustle and bustle and a chance to really get back to nature.

Historical sites at the Dodman

The Dodman is rich in archaeological features, including Bronze Age barrows, Iron Age earthworks, medieval field systems, the admiralty signal station and the 19th-century granite cross.

Dartmoor ponies

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

The Dodman's walking trails

Follow the 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.

Look out for Dodman Cross, the stone cross, up above the cliffs that takes you through centuries of history over tumuli, hillforts and bulwarks.

The grassy bank and beach along Dodman Point in Cornwall
Dodman Point at The Dodman | © National Trust Images / Hugh Mothersole

Hemmick beach

Hemmick is a real hidden gem. The beach has golden sands and is perfect for a family day out, with plenty of parking at nearby Penare.

There's a footpath leading down from the car park, through the fields and down to the beach.

Blackhead headland

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 an Iron Age fort.

Pause here and take in the views – it's well worth lacing up your walking boots for.

Sea thrift flowers above the beach at Dodman Point, Cornwall

Discover more at The Dodman

Find out how to get to the Dodman, where to park, the things to see and do and more.

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