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Holidays in Tamar Valley

A walker's paradise in the heart of South Devon

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View to Saltash from Plymouth

Discover the ancient rural villages of Bere Alston and Buckland Monachorum. Steeped in history, these villages are the essence of traditional Devonshire life.

Tamar Valley is a walker’s paradise. With varied trails spread across this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you’re sure to find a walk to suit you. The Mineral Railway Trail is a fascinating route, passing through woodland along parts of the old mineral railway. To take in the best views, try the Wheal Maria Trail. This two-mile circuit offers spectacular views over the valley. There are walks to suit all ages and abilities.

If you’d rather get a unique perspective, take an adventurous journey on the Great Scenic Railways Tamar Valley line. Passing through Calstock and Bere Alson, stretching all the way to Plymouth, the journey takes around 45 minutes. This is an incredibly relaxing way to take in the sights. The highlight of the journey is when the train slowly passes over Calstock viaduct.


On the edge of the valley, you’ll find grand Tudor house Cotehele. This fine estate offers remarkable collections and extensive gardens. Though extravagantly decorated internally, there is something more rugged and natural about the appearance of Cotehele. Be sure to explore the beautiful gardens and take a picnic if you’re spending the afternoon there.

Set within the valley, discover the quaint village of Bere Alston. Notable for its traditional architecture, the Devon village is home to a popular local pub, The Edgecumbe Hotel. Stop here for a pint of local ale while exploring the valley. Buckland Monachorum is another pretty village, renowned for its proximity to Buckland Abbey, which was formerly the home of Sir Francis Drake.

“The stunning Tamar Valley stretches from Bodmin Moor to Dartmoor, encompassing pretty towns and villages.”

Tamar Valley encompasses many traditional pubs and eateries, so you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to dining out. Try The Springer Spaniel for an indulgent meal. Expect dishes such as Cajun spiced mussels with saffron foam or duck breast with braised red cabbage, parsnip puree and salted backed parsnip. The Carpenters Arms, a beautiful 15th century pub in the picturesque village of Metherell, is another great choice. This is the perfect place to try a real ale.

For a beach day, Tamar Valley is just a short distance from the beaches at Portwrinkle, Seaton and Millbrook, making it an idyllic holiday destination. Less than 10 minutes outside Tamar Valley, discover Saltash, known as the gateway to Cornwall. With the imposing Royal Albert Bridge hovering over the river, Saltash is a pretty town with houses lining the waterfront. Just a little further down, you’ll find the buzzing city of Plymouth. For day out in the city, Plymouth is a shopping haven and also offers an eclectic range of restaurants and bars.

While you’re there


This property with stunning gardens is owner by the National Trust and is well worth a day of exploring.

Burrator Reservoir

Take a walk around the waterside and enjoy the wildlife and stunning scenery surrounding you.

Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park

Visit this beautifully restored historic house and learn about the history behind the building.

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