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Where to Walk and Ride in Devon

Tamar Valley Discovery Trail

30 miles between the edge of Plymouth and Launceston, just over the county boundary in Cornwall, following the river valley which forms the historic boundary between Devon and Cornwall; the route involves a crossing of the river by ferry or train; the route is comprehensively waymarked.

As well as Plymouth and Launceston, passes through small towns and villages such as Bere Alston, Calstock, Gunnislake and Milton Abbot.

The landscape reflects the changing pattern of the river valley, varying between broad estuary and quiet inland valley, giving a range of views and terrain including estuarine and riverside paths, woodland and quiet lanes. Generally easy walking with a few short sharp climbs.

Links with the Two Castles Trail at Launceston and the West Devon Way at Plymouth (via the Plymouth Cross-City Link walk; also the South West Coast Path and Erme-Plym Trail at Plymouth; the route lends itself to being part of a grand circuit around western Devon in conjunction with the Two Castles Trail and West Devon Way.

Train access to Plymouth and via the Tamar Valley branch line to four stations on the Trail; bus access to both ends and to many intermediate points; the branch line railway runs parallel to the southern part of the Trail.

Symbols Key

Trail includes moorland walkingTrail includes coast and / or estuary walking
Trail includes especially notable viewpointsTrail is mostly waymarked and signposted
Trail has parallel bus and / or train routes to allow for short lengths to be walked Trail information includes dedicated accommodation list

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