The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
A traditional village pub serving quality meals using local produce where ever possible.
The Old Plough Inn in Bere Ferrers, just over a mile down the road from our holiday cottage - close to the quay - has been under new management for the past year and they have really made an great impression on the village. It is a really friendly, pretty country pub (with a beer garden) serving good food. We use it regularly and our guests have nothing but praise for them.
Will & Carol
Down Farm Barn
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.
This walk in Cornwall Life follows creeks and riversides along footpaths, tracks and quiet lanes. There's several points of interest including the railway viaduct and 15th century cross at Trehan. Take a look at the website for further details.
Wherever you are in Saltash, it’s impossible to miss one of Brunel’s most dramatic pieces of engineering. The Royal Albert railway bridge strides across the Tamar, linking Devon and Cornwall and providing some truly astounding views. The more recent suspension road bridge is an equally imposing landmark. The Tamar Valley stretches away behind Saltash, offering a glorious backdrop to fun water activities like sailing or canoeing.
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.
Guided canoe trips on the River Tamar.
Canoe Tamar are a really friendly organisation offering a fantastic opportunity to explore the Tamar. We did an early morning canoe (timings depend on the tides, but early morning means no-one else around) from Cotehele Quay, up the Tamar past Calstock and under the viaduct, almost as far as Morwellham Quay. I have never seen so many fish jumping out of the water - literally hundreds! The guide was really helpful and friendly, and anyone could give it a go, as long as they can get in and out of the canoes (the Canadian type, open and fairly stable). I would highly recommend this as a way to see the riverside from a totally different angle.
Beautiful sand and pebble beach, popular with surfers and bodyboarders. Short walk from car park (get there early in summer!) and cafe nearby. Finnygook is the eastern end of Portwrinkle, which itself consists of two beaches and marks the western extremity of Whitsand Bay.
Rain Rain Rain...
...But the cafe was good - fast & friendly service while the rain lashed the outside! Nice walks though.
really great pub! Dog friendly
We took our two dogs there on new years eve for lunch. very friendly, great food and beer.
we also had their take away fish and chips one night which was some of the best fish and chips we have ever had!! well worth a visit!!
Gorgeous sandy beach just the right size for letting children run free while small enough to still keep an eye on them. Convenient car park and small cafe. Slightly off the beaten track so a great place to get away from the crowds.
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.
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