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Tamar Valley Discovery Trail, Devon


  • Located in Devon, South West England, England
  • The River Tamar rises near the North Cornwall coast. Roughly speaking, the river runs south to Launceston and then Plymouth where it flows into Plymouth Sound and the English Channel. The lower section of the River Tamar is within the Tamar Valley. It's through this section of countryside that the Tamar Valley Discovery Trail winds. The main route runs for about 30 miles between Launceston and Tamerton Foliot on the fringe of Plymouth. The following is a description of the route running north from Tamerton Foliot
  • Tamerton Foliot is a pretty village on the edge of Plymouth near Warleigh Point Nature Reserve. The Tamar Valley Discovery Trail heads north to the tidal Lopwell Dam. Check tide times and cross the River Tavy onto the Bere Peninsula. You can either walk straight to Bere Alston or take a longer route around the peninsula via Bere Ferrers and Weir Quay. The area has a fascinating history. Silver and lead were mined here. Market gardens once supplied a huge amount of fruit and veg to Plymouth. Look out for the many quays from which goods were transported up and down the river. From Bere Alston, you walk to the foot of the impressive Calstock Viaduct. *In summer*, a ferry crosses the River Tamar here. (You can also take the train between Bere Alston and Calstock.) At Calstock, you then follow the bank of the Tamar around to the old Okel Tor Mine before trending north to Gunnislake. On your way, you'll see the UNESCO World Heritage Site visitor attraction Morwellham Quay and the superb crags that rise vertical on the Devon side of the border. At Gunnislake, you'll walk through an old mining landscape. Across the water is Devon Great Consols. The trail continues to Luckett. There, a link trail runs west to Kit Hill Country Park. From Luckett, you cross the river into Devon and walk to Hotel Endsleigh Gardens and then Milton Abbot. The trail splits near the village. The main route takes you back across the Tamar into Cornwall and up to Launceston. The other link trail leads you to Lifton. You then join the Two Castle Trail to Launceston
  • The Tamar Valley is a beautiful and historically important area in South West England. We'd urge you to visit. On, or around, the trail, attractions include:
  • The National Trust's Buckland Abbey
  • The National Trust's Cotehele House and Gardens
  • Morwellham Quay which is part of the UNESCO Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site
  • English Heritage's Launceston Castle
  • By James Penman

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Calstock Nurseries and Market Gardens, Cornwall

Located in Calstock, Cornwall, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

If you walk, for example, the high paths of Maddacleave Wood on a sunny day and look west across the River Tamar into Cornwall, you'll see light reflected from the market garden nurseries at Calstock. The nurseries that...

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Calstock Tamar Inn, Cornwall

Located in Calstock, Cornwall, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

Dating back to the 17th century, the Tamar Inn is located at Calstock Quay on the Cornwall bank of the River Tamar. The views to Calstock Viaduct and the National Trust's Cotehele House and Gardens are superb. The villag...

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Morwellham Quay, Devon

Located in Morwellham Quay, Devon, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

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35 Valley Lodge, Honicombe Manor
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Approximately 1.9 miles away.

Total Bedrooms: 3; Maximum Occupants: 6; Rates: 455 - 1,190 Per Week

A premier reverse level house benefiting from a balcony off the living area and views stretching across the hills to Dartmoor....

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26 Valley Lodge, Honicombe Manor
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Approximately 1.9 miles away.

Total Bedrooms: 3; Maximum Occupants: 6; Rates: 455 - 1,190 Per Week

A VIP reverse level lodge benefiting from a balcony off the living area and views stretching across the hills to Dartmoor. Plus, enjoy relaxing on the patio in your own private hot tub!...

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16 Dartmoor, Honicombe Manor
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Approximately 1.9 miles away.

Total Bedrooms: 4; Maximum Occupants: 8; Rates: 455 - 1,515 Per Week

The beautiful surrounding countryside make this lodge an ideal base for exploring the Tamar Valley. Plus, Honicombe manor offers excellent on-site facilities to entertain the whole family and No. 16 benefits from a priva...

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