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Muddy Walks: Calstock to Cotehele

Metal Sculptor Thomas Thrussell shares one of his favourite Cornish afternoon walks along the banks of The Tamar river. Boots on? Ready, let's go.

This is one of my perfect afternoon walks in Cornwall. The Tamar is the river that divides Devon and Cornwall as it winds its way around the many bends making its way from north Cornwall to the south coast of Cornwall and to Plymouth, the UK’s ‘ocean city.’

Along the banks of the Tamar you’ll find Calstock. This small harbour village would seem it is in Devon but is in fact in Cornwall. You can even get to Calstock by train via Devon, if you don’t want to drive.

The harbour is known for the massive train viaduct that arches overhead high above the village and harbour.

The walk (5km circular)

1 Park at the main Calstock village car park.

2. Walk west toward the viaduct but follow the road next to the river.

The Tamar river is tidal here and this walk is all about atmosphere and charm. You will pass the wonderful little cottages and riverside town houses cosied up together near the centre of the village which then give way to interesting little boat yards and amazing riverside homes with their own moorings.

On approaching the woodland part of the walk you will find a true beautiful colonial style house with wrap around verandas.

3. Either enter the woodland straight ahead or, take my suggestion, which is to turn left and up-hill toward Cotehele quay and house.

This is a National Trust property but it is free to walk through the woodlands alongside the river.

There is a bit of a climb up the hill and over tree root covered paths but it is well worth the effort.

Passing a few amazing viewing points of the river your will soon enter the grounds of Cotehele House.

4. Pass the lovely little chapel overlooking the river which is worth a quick look in the door.

5. Heading slightly downhill, you will end up at the Cotehele quay and visitor centre.

This part is interesting for its historic significance. As well as learning about Tamar’s history you can pick up a well earned hot drink and cake from the tea room.

Retrace your steps to return to your car.

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