Take your time and explore the Tamar Valley right here on your doorstep – a wide, twisting and wooded river valley between the granite tors of Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor, from the beaches of East Cornwall to the towns of West Devon, dotted with ancient mines, Tudor houses, stunning gardens and rivers to explore and fish.
Find inspiration in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the landscape that 200 years ago so impressed the artist JMW Turner on his travels.
Climb, tree-surf, ramble or take to the water in a canoe at Tamar Trails or let the little train take you over viaducts and through hamlets and farmsteads, alongside creeks and on to historic Plymouth and its bustling waterfront.
Forage wild garlic in spring, pick hedgerow fruits in autumn as you explore the lanes, taking in a pub lunch on the way – hundreds of walking ideas from your doorstep.
Hire bikes and head towards the area’s many designated cycle paths perhaps the best-known being the Camel Trail running alongside the estuary to Padstow and meandering quietly inland towards Bodmin.
Walk Dartmoor along the old railway lines – Drake’s Trail from Tavistock with its bridges, tunnels and wooded valleys heads towards Plymouth; the Granite Way, once part of the Southern Region network, follows the north western edge of Dartmoor around prehistoric sites, medieval farmsteads and the mines and quarries of the area’s industrial heritage.
Test yourself on one of Cornwall’s 33 golf courses – perhaps the demanding par-72 Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at St Mellion International, the China Fleet Country Club course at Saltash or the “hilly and quixotic” St Enodoc course overlooking the Camel Estuary on the north coast.