Visit Tamar Valley is the destination marketing organisation for the Tamar Valley, a beautiful landscape full of hidden charms that promise unforgettable adventure. Located at Plymouth's doorstep, and shaped by its three rivers the Tamar, Tavy and Lynher, much of the area is designated one of Outstanding Natural Beauty that offers a diverse and exciting landscape to visitors of all ages. The Tamar Valley can be found due north of Plymouth, a short car or train ride from the city centre.
For a perfect blend of natural beauty, fascinating history, and delightful gastronomy, immerse yourself in the serenity of rolling hills, meandering rivers, and lush woodlands as you embark on thrilling outdoor adventure. Make sure your next short-break includes a visit to the Tamar Valley, and leave with cherished memories and a longing to return.
The Tamar Valley offers a plethora of exciting activities for families with kids of any age, ensuring that adventure and fabulous fun is firmly on the agenda. The Valley’s woodlands provide the perfect backdrop for little explorers to embark on thrilling safaris, discover hidden trails and create secret hideouts amidst the enchanting trees. Check out the full range of activities and outdoor fun for a summer agenda of high-adrenaline day's out. On the water families can indulge in exciting experiences like kayaking, canoeing, or paddleboarding, immersing themselves in the tranquillity of rivers and lakes and making lasting memories together. Cycling enthusiasts will find a variety of scenic trails and quiet lanes to choose from, catering to different skill levels and ages, providing thrilling rides through the picturesque countryside.
As schools break for the summer holidays, children can let off steam, and parents can relax knowing that their kids are entertained and happy, with plenty of options to keep them engaged. The Tamar Valley offers a diverse range of activities, allowing families to customize their experiences and create cherished memories that will be treasured for a lifetime.
Tavistock is named after the River Tavy that flows through it and is on the Devon side of the Valley. Renowned for its regular Pannier Market and individual shops, it has been voted 'Best Market Town in England'.
The town of Launceston used to be the capital of the Earldom of Cornwall in Norman times. Now a thriving market town, its full of quirky independent shops and cafes.
Callington is a small Cornish town, known for the many artists that have enlivened its walls with colourful murals. The Callington Mural Trail provides a fascinating journey through the town's heritage.
Saltash is nestled on the banks of the Tamar estuary. Located at the Cornish end of Brunel's spectacular Royal Albert Bridge, it’s the first town you’ll encounter when you cross the River Tamar.
The Tamar Valley offers a plethora of delightful experiences for those who choose to explore its picturesque landscape on foot or by bicycle. Getting about in this way offers an intimate and immersive connection with nature. Embrace the tranquility and beauty that unfolds with each step or pedal stroke revealing postcard-worthy vistas and a sense of wonder and serenity.
Whether on foot or in the saddle, the Tamar Valley boasts a well-maintained network of trails and pathways, catering to all skill levels and interests. From gentle riverside strolls to challenging uphill climbs, there's something for everyone. Both seasoned adventurists and casual meanderists will find that they can explore at their own pace. The region is also blessed with an abundance of wildlife, making each journey an opportunity for encounters with local wildlife.
Moreover, walking and cycling in the Tamar Valley allows visitors to discover its rich history and heritage, as they pass by quaint villages, ancient ruins, and charming country estates. Immersing oneself in this bucolic setting fosters a deep sense of well-being, rejuvenation, and appreciation for the natural wonders of England's unspoilt countryside.
The Tamar Valley is renowned for its mining heritage. For centuries, it was an important hub for copper, silver and arsenic extraction. The discovery of the world's widest copper lode in 1844 led to a thriving industry and the establishment of Europe's largest mine, the Devon Great Consols. Today's visitors can witness the striking ruins of engine houses and chimneys that serve as a testament to the region's mining legacy. The Tamar Valley's mining heritage is recognized as part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, preserving its historical importance for future generations.
Preserving and celebrating this rich heritage is of paramount importance to local communities. Visitors will discover lots of heritage centers, museums, and cultural events that showcase the region's history, allowing visitors to delve into its past and gain a deeper understanding of its significance.
Local communities actively engage in initiatives to safeguard historical sites, promote sustainable tourism and pass down traditional knowledge to future generations.
The Tamar Valley Line is one of the hidden gems of the British rail network. The line runs from Plymouth to Gunnislake through some of the prettiest scenery imaginable. It also offers some spectacular views of the River Tamar. Linking city, river and countryside, the line packs a huge amount into its 15-mile length.
A highlight of the trip is crossing the spectacular viaduct at Calstock, bridging Devon and Cornwall.
Now that you know a bit more about what to expect, what are you waiting for? Find out about all the wonderful things to do and places to stay in the Tamar Valley. Get booking and we look forward to seeing you soon.