Cotehele to Calstock Walk
This walk explores the beautiful grounds of a Tudor house near Saltash, before heading to the nearby village of Calstock.
Outside the house you will find formally planted terraces, the Valley Garden with medieval stewpond and dovecote, the Upper Garden and two orchards. The River Tamar also runs through the grounds where you can stroll along the pretty Cothele Quay. Here you will find the Discovery Centre where you can find out about the interesting history of the quay. In the 19th century paddle steamers would pass and vessels would stop to load and unload their cargo at Cothele. You can also explore the Tudor house with tapestries, arms and armour, pewter, brass and old oak furniture.
The wide estate covers 1300 acres so there is plenty of scope for extending your walk. There are miles of walking paths taking you to woodland, fields, industrial ruins and working farm buildings. Highlights include the Prospect Tower which you can climb for splendid views of the Calstock Viaduct, Kit Hill and Plymouth Sound. The tiny Chapel-in-the-Wood was used by Richard Edgcumbe to hide from King Richard III's men in 1483. After exploring the estate you can pick up a country lane heading east into Calstock where there's a lovely quay. There's also a train station served by trains on the Tamar Valley Line from Gunnislake to Plymouth. Connections with main line services can be made at Plymouth, although a small number of Tamar Valley services continue to or from Exeter St Davids.
The Tamar Valley Discovery Trail also runs past Cothele so you could continue you walk along the river too.
Also nearby is the lovely Kit Hill Country Park where you can climb to the hill summit and enjoy fabulous views over the Tamar Valley and Dartmoor.
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Cotehele House Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Cotehele House Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Cotehele House OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Cotehele House Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
In Calstock you could head to the Tamar Inn for refreshments after your walk. The historic 17th century free house sits on the banks of the River Tamar. It was allegedly once a meeting place for smugglers and highwaymen. Built on a split level, it sits close by the waterfront in the village centre at a postcode of PL18 9QA.
The Tamar Valley Line runs through Calstock and is a great way of seeing the area. The scenic railway takes you through rolling green, sleepy villages and beautiful river crossings. The highlight of the journey is when the train slowly creeps down over the impressive Calstock viaduct and you are 120 feet high looking down on the river below.
The estate and riverside paths are a lovely place for a dog walk. The Tamar Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head west towards the town of Callington and you can enjoy a climb to the Cadson Bury Iron Age Hill fort. From the ancient site there are fine views over the River Lynher Valley.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cornwall Walks page.