Tamar Valley, South Devon

Tamar Valley, South Devon
  • Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) on either side of the River Tamar where Devon meets Cornwall. Stunning landscape. One of the most under-visited areas of beauty in the UK. Away from the crowds and highly recommended
  • Packed with visitor attractions from National Trust properties to outdoor activity suppliers
  • Part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site so of international cultural and historical importance
  • Amazing walking, cycling and watersports
  • Great pubs and cafes in awesome locations
  • Main photo: Canoe Tamar trip. Canoe the River Tamar from Cotehele (National Trust) under Calstock Viaduct in the direction of Morwellham Quay. Canoe Tamar trip managed by Tamar Trails


To help you explore the Tamar Valley, we've listed some of the best destinations located within the area.



Where South Devon meets the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Plymouth is located at the southern end of the River Tamar.

Cycle Drake's Trail from Plymouth. 


Buckland Monachorum

Buckland Monachorum is a pretty village in the Tamar Valley east of the River Tavy and River Tamar. Dartmoor National Park is nearby. There's a great pub called the Drake Manor Inn in the centre of the village.

Buckland Abbey (National Trust) is south of Buckland Monachorum.

Lopwell Dam is a little further south west of Buckland Abbey (National Trust).



Gateway town to both the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Dartmoor National Park.

It's part of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Cycle Drake's Trail.


Bere Ferrers and Bere Alston

The Bere Peninsula sits between the River Tavy and River Tamar. It's a super place. Bere Alston is the major destination in the heart of the peninsula. Bere Ferrers sits by the west bank of the River Tavy close to where it meets the River Tamar. Calstock and Cotehele (National Trust) are located on the Cornwall side of the River Tamar north west of the peninsula.

Walk the Tamar Valley Discovery Trail to experience the Bere Peninsula.

Enjoy extraordinary views of Calstock Viaduct in the north of the peninsula.



Calstock is a pretty village on the Devon/Cornwall border by the River Tamar.

The village is known for its viaduct. Calstock Viaduct stradles the River Tamar with Cotehele (National Trust) upriver.

Calstock in on the Tamar Valley Discovery Trail. Walk alongside the River Tamar.

Morwellham Quay is a major Westcountry visitor attraction.

Cotehele (National Trust) is one of the finest National Trust properties in South West England.



Head further north and you come to Gunnislake on the Devon/Cornwall border. It's part of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tamar Trails is a brilliant outdoor activities centre. Follow mountain biking trails down to Morwellham Quay.