Nature and industry entwined
- Cost: Entry fees required for some attractions
Head to ‘Tree Surfers’ in Gulworthy for bicycle hire. Parking is provided by West Devon Borough Council for which there is a £2 parking fee. Explore the 25kms of waymarked woodland tracks, simple wide paths with compacted surface and some steep sections before stopping for a well-earned lunch at the Tree Surfers’ Beech Café.
After lunch, you could try your hand at tree-surfing, a complex course of ladders, rope bridges, zip wires and walkways.
Travelling to Tamar Valley
By car, the A390 crosses the area, across Hingston Down and Gunnislake to Tavistock.
A good selection of ferry, bus and train services run from Plymouth through the Tamar Valley Area. Have a look at www.carfreedayout.com, www.calstockferry.com and www.tamarcruising.com. The information services www.traveline.org.uk and www.cornwallpublictransport.info also provide latest travel details.
The Tamar Valley has a good network of footpaths and trails, including the Tamar Valley Discovery Trail. Please remember to keep your dog on a lead in the wildlife reserve areas
There are car parks at Gunnislake, Tavistock, Kit Hill, Calstock and Morwellham Quay
These can be found in Gunnislake, Tavistock and Morwellham Quay
Eating & drinking
The Boot Inn at Calstock has a great menu that is a cut above your average pub grub. Cotehele has two lovely cafés, and you can also make the most of the Tamar Valley Rail Ale Trail scheme, which encourages rail travellers to visit pubs near the line, see www.railaletrail.com. Bere Ferrers and Bere Alston each have a pub on the scheme; there are two in Calstock and six in Gunnislake. Louis’ Tea Rooms, right by the entrance to Kit Hill Country Park, also offers hot food, cakes and cream teas. Tavistock has lots of good cafes and shops
On a clear sunny day, the view from Kit Hill takes some beating. There are also lots of scenic, peaceful quays along the river’s edge at places like Halton, Weir and Cotehele. For a local picnic provider, try www.prettyperfectpicnics.co.uk or http://www.purelycornish.co.uk/