Tamar Valley Discovery Trail

About this route

This route covers a stretch of the valley of the Tamar, the historic border between Saxon Devon and Celtic Cornwall. It links the edge of Plymouth, with its maritime associations, in the south, with Launceston, the ancient capital of Cornwall, just over the county boundary.

The route involves a river crossing by train (unfortunately the ferry crossing is not currently running) and takes in riverside and estuary paths, woodland tracks and quiet country roads. It also includes a tidal crossing of one of the Tamar’s tributary rivers.  You will need to check for tide times as well as train or ferry times.

The route is comprehensively waymarked and walking is generally easy with a few short sharp climbs.

Getting Around

Many choose to combine a walk with the Tamar Valley Line train service to create a circular route.  Buses connect Bere Alston and Bere Ferrers with Tavistock and Yelverton. There is also a bus service from Milton Abbot to Launceston, Tavistock and Okehampton. See www.traveldevon.info for latest times.

Please note: there is a tidal crossing which cannot be passed within 2 hours either side of high tide.

Refreshments, toilets and parking are available in Lopwell, Bere Alston, Calstock, Lifton and Launceston.
Generally easy with a few short sharp climbs, some quiet roads, riverside trails and woodlands.
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Interesting information

You may wish to combine a walk with the Tamar Valley Line train service to make a circular route, or take in one of the many villages along the trail for some well earned refreshment.

The Tamar Valley is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Photo of a view across the River Tamar to woodlands in Autumn
Tamar Valley Discovery Trail Copyright Derek Harper, licenced for further use - see geograph.org.uk

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