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Breathtaking scenery and a rich & varied wildlife  - The Tamar Valley is an area rich in beauty and history, possessing some of the finest scenery in the West Country. There are also quite a number of superb bridges to be found traversing the river itself. The Estuary is an important haven for wildlife, such as the Avocet and Little Egret. The valley of the river Tamar - and its tributaries, the Tavy and Lynher - is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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Callington, Calstock, Cawsand & Kingsand, Gunnislake, Launceston, Saltash, Torpoint

Callington
Callington is a small ancient market town which lies 6 miles from the River Tamar, . The market town of Launceston lies a short distance to the north, Liskeard is to the west and Tavistock in Devon is to the east.
Although Callington's history goes back centuries it was the 19th century that had most effect on the town due to the mining boom in the adjacent areas. Miners from the Callington area emigrated to many parts of the world when the mining boom collapsed. The industrial heritage from this era still remains as part of the landscape. These days the largest employer in the town is probably the Ginsters factory,well known for its Cornish Pasties Visit the Callington website

Cawsand & Kingsand
The villages of Kingsand and Cawsand, are a perfect base for the holiday maker. These historical fishing villages are unspoilt by time and here you will find colour washed old cottages, narrow streets, pubs, restaurants and shops catering for your every need. Frequent winners of the Best Kept Village award and set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the villages are an artist's dream. Used as a safe harbour for centuries, Cawsand Bay is now popular for swimming, windsurfing, water skiing, camping and caravanning.

 

Calstock
Situated in East Cornwall on the banks of the River Tamar, Calstock is a small village dominated by the viaduct that carries the picturesque Tamar Valley Railway running from Plymouth to Gunnislake. Completed in 1908, this giant 12-arched viaduct was the first in this country to be constructed of concrete blocks. The village was an important river port in the 19th Century when vast quantities of tin, granite and copper ore were brought here to load onto barges barges heading for the coast.. In the surrounding countryside the remains of the mining industry can still be seen. Just southwest of the village is Cotehele House, one of the best preserved madieval estates in the country.

Gunnislake
Often referred to as the first village in Cornwall, it was here in the 1520s that Sir Piers Edgcumbe built the New Bridge over the river Tamar and this continues to be one of the major routes into the county. Because of this bridge this charming village had an important strategic value which made it the centre of a bitter battle during the Civil War. During the 18th and 19th centuries the village was alive with mining and although the mines have now all closed remains can be found around the area. Gunnislake is also well known with the salmon fisherman who have been coming since medieval times.

Launceston
Dating back to Celtic times the whole of Launceston is steeped in history and is dominated by its Castle built by Brian de Bretagne the first Norman Earl of Cornwall in the 11th Century. Once the site of the Royal Mint and the only walled town in Cornwall the Launceston of today has much to offer and to reward both business and leisure interests.
There is a town trail for visitors to follow which highlights the ancient architecture and historical features including the 16th Century Church of St. Mary Magdalene which has one of the most lavishly carved exteriors of any Church in England. Visit the Launceston website

 

Saltash
Once a medieval port Saltash is now a flourishing modern town, yet it has retained much of its Cornish charm. Situated on the west bank of the beautiful river Tamar, Saltash acts as a gateway for holiday makers between Cornwall and Devon. The town has two wonderful bridges - the iron built Royal Albert Bridge designed by Brunel in 1859 and the much more slender Tamar Bridge built opened in 1961. As well as the attractive setting, Saltash can also boast a wide range of excellent facilities.Visit the Saltash website

Torpoint
Torpoint could be described as yet another gateway to Cornwall. It is situated on a peninsula in East Cornwall, across the River Tamar from Plymouth . A ferry connects Cornwall with Devon across the river. The first official ferry service was started as far back as 1791, allowed by Act of Parliament. In 1832, the first chain ferry was started and three operate today.

To the north of the town, overlooking the River Lynher as it meets the Tamar, is Antony House, a superb 18th century building now cared for by the National Trust . Around the house are some wonderful grounds and gardens.

A boat trip around the estuary including the Royal Navy Dockyards at Devonport and HMS Raleigh makes for an interesting afteroon trip.

 

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