Crossing two counties, two districts and 24 parishes, the Tamar Valley is a wooded river valley stretching from the wilds of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall to the granite tors of Dartmoor in Devon.
The Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Running alongside this immense Area of Outstanding Natural beauty are a host of fascinating sites and attractions including quaint market towns, ancient mines, fishing rivers, golden beaches, secret coves and stately homes dating back to the Tudor times. Whether you explore the Tamar Valley by foot, boat or car, the area is ripe for discovery. Couples can look forward to gentle ambles along the river Tamar, whereas families might opt to hire canoes from Cothele Quay and experience the delight of gliding past some of the most beautiful scenery in Cornwall and Devon. When it comes to adrenaline-fuelled activities, visitors can take to two wheels and hurtle through purpose-built wooded mountain bike tracks or even try surfing... in the treetops! Whatever floats your boat, a luxury break in the Tamar Valley is sure to fulfil the fun-filled holiday fantasies of all.
Luxury Breaks in and around the Tamar Valley With a variety of beautiful, luxury holiday cottages and unique homestays nestled on the banks of the river Tamar, there’s no shortage of opportunities to stay and experience the delights of the Tamar Valley – just don’t forget the walking boots! Some of the best walking routes include the Tamar Trails, Wacker Quay, Drakes Trail and Tamar Valley Discovery Trail. For those who have an inner twitcher, the wildlife-spotting opportunities all around this UNESCO site are vast; keep eyes peeled for osprey, barn owls, spoonbills, peregrine falcons, the beautiful kingfisher and conferences of dragonfly. You might even be lucky enough to spot the shy otter fishing for his lunch on the river banks! Adventurous types will be bewitched by the dramatic Dartmoor with its rugged landscape, magical folklore and dramatic granite tors; a rambler's paradise!