The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
An attractive 16th Century pub with a pretty garden set in a quiet village, conveniently situated for walks on Roborough Down or a visit to Buckland Abbey. Cosy woodburning stoves, real ales and good food served at everyday prices, locally sourced wherever possible. Designated children's areas, dogs on leads welcome in the bar.
Friendly pub, with a good beer garden for summer and woodburners to warm the cockles in winter.
Inaccessible by road but located just 200m across the Tamar from Plymouth. This beach has a mix of stone, sand and shingle - there is only a small sliver of beach at high tide, so you would be wise to check the tides before you visit.
Named after one of Devon's most famous sons, Sir Francis Drake, the Drake's Trail project, launched in March 2009, includes a range of walking and cycling routes in West Devon for all age groups and fitness levels. The new off-road cycling route follows the old railway track between Tavistock and Plymouth, crossing open moorland at Roborough Down before reaching the wooded valleys of the River Meavy and eventually the River Plym.
See deer in the woods and watch the rivers for kingfishers, herons and spawning salmon.
- G Steele
Perched on the banks of the great Tamar River, the historic waterway that divides Devon and Cornwall, Calstock is a pretty village full of whitewashed cottages that tumble down to the water’s edge. The skyline is dominated by an imposing viaduct that spans the river; an endless stream of boats of all shapes and sizes sail through the arches throughout the day. It is impossible to visit Calstock without getting on the water at least once – try a trip on the Tamar Passenger Ferry – a lovely open wooden boat which plies the river between Calstock and the National Trust’s historic Cotehele Quay.
A medieval house in amazing condition, with fabulous collections of armour, textiles and furniture from the period.
This is one of the most beautiful houses in UK. Well worth a visit.
Stoic British carried on in AWFUL weather!
Wonderful House, Gardens, grounds and shops..AWFUL half term weather, but we braved it all! NB the house has NO electric lights so visibility in the house is limited on dull days!. Mill lovely and the walk down from the house through the gardens and past the chapel to the quay side and then the mill was lovely....a little slippery in places as it a little steep in parts and was SO wet..but we all remained upright! Lovely Cornish ice creams at the Quay and great bread flour can be bought at the mill shop. Hurrah for the VERY helpful and lovely mini bus driver who can ferry any less able bodies around the 3 sites...
Cotehele is a beautiful National Trust property - I recommend walking the wider estate, including the folly behind the property which gives you a bird's eye view for miles! The walk down through the quay to the mill is stunning, and the waterwheel and mill race is currently being renovated, which is an interesting project. You can even buy flour that has been milled on site.
A medieval gem with a magical garden sloping down to the Tamar. Plenty of walks on the Estate. Highly recommended are the scones at the restaurant on Cotehele Quay - just the thing at the end of a stroll along the river.
Well, if it’s on Alan Titchmarsh’s ‘must see’ list, it’s good enough for us. This eight-acre garden is actually several gardens in one, combining old and new. The beautiful walled garden surrounds the ruins of a medieval vicarage, while the newly developed Long Walk takes you through a variety of landscapes, from the South African garden, to the cottage garden to the flower meadow, with beautiful views along the way over the Cornish hills, and hidden benches to stop and soak up the sights and sounds of the countryside. Cakes, cream teas and lunches are served in the tea rooms in the 18th Century vicarage. Open February to November.
A lot of thought has obviously gone into the planting and layout of these gardens. The result is something quite beautiful, with unexpected views and unusual plants and flowers awaiting you around every corner.
Breathtaking, well thought out gardens with a magical atmosphere. A great place to sit and contemplate amid beautiful wild flowers.
Best visited in May and June. Unusual and quite beautiful planting schemes which will inspire. Also plant sales and a quaint little teashop.
A living, breathing riverside village circa Victorian times.
Free entry into this village reclaimed from decay. An insight into the industrial heritage of the Tamar Valley. You can take a ride in a carriage or go down a mine in a little train, dress up in 19th century costume, visit a working farm. The Ship Inn has recently been taken over by chef Peter Gorton and offers very good lunches. An evening visit to the restaurant is an eerie experience - Morwellham is utterly deserted except for visitors to the Inn.
Morwhellam Quay is a facsinating living museum tucked away in stunning countryside. The underground mine train trip is to be recommended - but it is cold underground, take a jumper! The shop offers the usual range of visitor gifts, and some lovely books and local products. Food in the restaurant is good, but it does get busy. In the summer a picnic overlooking the river is idyllic.
You will find plenty to keep the family entertained here at this award winning World Heritage site. There is a historic port, copper mine, Victorian farm, railway, heavy horses and museums of costume and mining all set within 200 acres.
An outstanding building dating back 700 years, formerly the home of Sir Francis Drake and reputed to be haunted by him to this day.
Excellent gardens with newly opened cider house garden and enclosed kitchen gardens .
Well worth a visit with many walks for all abilities.
Lovely walks on the estate, plus an Elizabethan herb garden. Sometimes 'Sir Francis Drake' can be found wandering around, but don't worry he's not a ghostly apparition.
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