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Perched on the border of Devon and Cornwall, where the River Tamar narrows and curls, this old mining town offers valley walks and river fun.

The former mining village of Gunnislake has greenery and history for guests seeking an accessible weekend away. Just off the main roads that cross the county line, the village has well-stocked shops and pubs to keep you in supplies, especially if you plan to get out and about on one of the many walking routes through the green surrounds. Following the pathways along to Chilsworthy, just east of town, the ramble takes in a non-tidal quay and old engine houses; keep a lookout for osprey, barn owls, spoonbills, peregrine falcons, beautiful kingfishers and the occasional dragonfly.

Being surrounded by water, aqua fans will want to hire a canoe and paddle along to Calstock, past stunning banks of beautiful scenery. The route takes in Morwhellam Quay; stop off for a look at the Mine & Craft Centre to catch up on the history of the area. Children will love the fun underground train ride, and adults will appreciate a little side visit to the brewery (bottled ales sold in the local shop). Back in the canoe, and Calstock is a great place to haul in, a pretty river village with sweet cottages and shops lining the narrow streets, and its own 120-foot tall viaduct.

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