Nature and industry entwined
- Cost: Entry fees required for some attractions
Discover why this Devon market town is so intimately related to Cornish mining and download our ‘Duke of Bedford’s Grand Plan: Tavistock Town’ audio trail. Stroll along pavements commanded by grand Gothic architecture and along pathways beside one of the country’s few mineral canals.
Before stopping for lunch in one of Tavistock’s many pubs, take a look at Tavistock Museum, which occupies two rooms above the historic Court Gate. Through exhibitions, a DVD show and artifacts,, the museum tells the history of the town and its mining past.
Take a short drive towards Saltash and head to Cotehele. This Tudor house has many stories festooned with tapestries and is adorned with arms and armour, pewter and oak furniture.
Finally, head to Morwellham Quay, perfect for those with an interest in Cornish mining and Victorian history, or just for those looking for a stimulating and entertaining experience. Don’t miss the underground mine tour!
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/