Beyond Looe, the shore arcs gently round towards Rame Head, the headland which marks the Easternmost point of the South Cornish coast. This stretch of coast is Whitsand Bay, a 6-mile stretch of sandy beach. There are a series of small villages along this coast, including Downderry and the delightfully named Portwrinkle. Eight miles offshore from these two little villages, and visible on a clear day, lies the Eddystone lighthouse. The original construction of this lighthouse took place in the 17th century, and it has undergone various incarnations since, culminating in the present design, by James Douglass; it is now operated by Trinity House. It was the first Trinity lighthouse to be automated, in 1982.
Map of the area.
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