The Cawsand ferry departs from the Mayflower Steps in the Barbican, converted fishing boats, small and sturdy with inside and outside seating to cater for all weather conditions. The trip right across Plymouth Sound affords wonderful views of The Hoe, Drake's Island, the mouth of the River Tamar and the beautiful wooded coastline of Mount Edgcumbe Park, dotted with forts. These are fairly sheltered waters, within the Breakwater's protection, but it can be choppy and chilly. The ferry lands right on Cawsand Beach. This is a seasonal service, so check dates and times of ferries before departing.

The traditional Cornish villages of Kingsand and Cawsand cling to the rocks on the shore and, densely packed, the old cottages rise up the steep hillside, accessed by narrow, winding alleys dominated by a fort. From Cawsand you can walk along a well-marked wooded track to the tip of the great headland that shelters the bay and then on along the coastal path to Rame Head, a spectacular headland giving fine views westward along the coast. Or you can explore the twin villages and find the boundary stone that runs through the middle of one cottage and marks the original border between Devon and Cornwall. There are shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. Then you can either return to Plymouth on the ferry or walk along the wooded coastal path for several miles, or take a short-cut through Mount Edgcumbe deer park with its panoramic views, to the Cremyll ferry that crosses the mouth of the Tamar. Landing at Admiral's Hard in the attractive old neighbourhood of Stonehouse, you can either catch a bus into the city centre or walk around the Continental ferry port on fairly quiet back streets that takes about twenty minutes.

If you miss the return ferry, you can catch a bus from Cawsand to Plymouth via the Torpoint Ferry. This begins with a spectacular ride along the top of high cliffs, on a narrow road that hugs the very edge of the precipice.