Explore South East Cornwall & The Tamar Valley

South East Cornwall

South-East Cornwall, a rolling green land between the wild heather hills of Bodmin Moor and the winding green waters of the River Tamar,  is bounded in the South by quiet sandy beaches. Once busy with mine-workings, South East Cornwall is now a quiet place full of shady woodlands, with spectacular Tudor houses, pretty fishing villages and gardens to visit.    You’ll find lots to do here, whether you want an active holiday cycling, walking and canoeing, or prefer to take it easy.

Whitsand Bay & the South Coast

Just over half an hour’s drive south of Cadson manor, you’ll find the tall red cliffs and shining sands of Whitsand bay, where there are many pretty coves and beaches to explore.  Go at low tide, when miles of yellow sand are exposed.   Look out for basking sharks in the spring, and huge harmless giant jellyfish in the summer – if you are very lucky, you might even spot the dolphins.

The View restaurant has a wonderful outlook over the coast, or if you fancy something quick and cheerful, the beach cafe a little further West in Seaton is also well worth a visit.  Seaton has a lovely level section of coast path going along the sea wall, which makes a very relaxing stroll.

Whitsand BayThe coast path by Seaton

Bodmin Moor

Up on wild Bodmin Moor, take a trip to the moorland village of Minions, where you can wander around the Hurlers stone circle, and try to count the ‘dancers’ – the story goes that these stones were created when Cornish Hurling players were cursed for playing hurling on a Sunday instead of going to church.  You might also like to walk up to the famous piled stones of the Cheesewring, and admire the old mine buildings abandoned and stark across the moor – plenty of photo-opportunities here.      Not far away is the pretty walk along the turbulent river that leads to beautiful Golitha Falls.

golithafalls minions

Callington & Liskeard

Our two local towns, Callington to the East, and Liskeard to the West, are both traditional small market towns, with a good range of shops for any essentials.   Callington, our nearest town,  has several pleasant cafes and Langman’s Restaurant, an AA two rosette restaurant, as well as a few nice little shops including a craft shop, 2 Chinese takeaways, an Indian takeaway, a Fish & Chip shop, a chicken/kebab/pizza takeaway and weekly farmers market.   We also have the award winning Helluva Pasties trading from the farm shop here at Cadson!  If you enjoy sketching or painting while on holiday, you may find it handy to visit the excellent Art Supply Shop in Kelly Bray just north of Callington too.

Useful Links

Langman’s Restaurant, Callington   http://www.langmansrestaurant.co.uk/

Tapenades Restaurant, Liskeard   http://www.tapenades.co.uk/

Springer Spaniel Pub/Restaurant, Treburley   http://www.thespringerspaniel.co.uk/

The Hay Loft, Liskeard   http://hayloftrestaurant.co.uk/

Rod & Line, Tideford   http://whatpub.com/pubs/COR/591/rod-line-tideford

Horn of Plenty, Gulworthy   http://www.bookatable.com/uk/s51439/the-horn-of-plenty

Anytime Taxis – 01579 346007   Caradon Cabs – 01579 340007   Tamar Cars – 01579 389200

The Tamar Valley

Cotehele

This lovely Tudor house, in the care of the National Trust, is perched high above the River Tamar. The old house is decorated with tapestries, arms and armour, pewter, brass and old oak furniture, and is surrounded by gardens and orchards, which are specially stunning when all the apple blossom is out. The Quay below the house, home of Shamrock, the last of the old Tamar Barges, is well worth a visit, and there’s a tea-room and garden with a view of the river. For details on all Cotehele Events visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk cotehele-events
Cotehele House

If you are feeling energetic, there’s a pleasant walk of about a mile from Cotehele Quay car park through the Cotehele estate to the riverside village of Calstock.

Calstock

This pretty little riverside village has a large free carpark and is surrounded by a network of pleasant footpaths. It also boasts two pubs, should you need refreshment!   From Calstock, you can take the Cotehele-Calstock ferry back to Cotehele, if the walk to Calstock has worn you out.  Calstock also has the famous Calstock Arts, a well-established comedy and music venue, and has a railway station with regular trains over the amazing Calstock Viaduct to the Bere Peninsula and Plymouth.

calstock

Horsebridge

This pretty village just across the River Tamar, by an ancient medieval bridge built for the convenience of the local monastery, has a pleasant pub, and also offers  walks – over the bridge and along to Greenscoombe Wood, or up through the valley into Devon.  Charles I is reputed to have visited the Royal Inn during the English Civil War, and he left his seal in the granite step ‘for services rendered’  –  look out for the seal leaded into the granite step beneath your feet!

Horsebridge

Kit Hill

The distinctive height of Kit Hill with its crowning mine-stack is a landmark that can be seen for miles. In Cornish, Kit Hill is called Bre Skowl – both names have the same meaning, The Hill of the Kites. If you are very lucky, you may still spot a Red Kite from the hilltop, where the views are amazing. If you follow the footpaths up to the crest of the hill, or drive or cycle up the old mining road to the handy carpark at the top, you will almost always see buzzards wheeling overhead, and hear ravens croaking. You may also spot the swift flight of a sparrowhawk or hear the cuckoo calling.

Kit Hill at Sunset View from the top of Kit Hill The distinctive stack at the top of Kit Hill Looking West from the West Mine on Kit Hill

Canoe Tamar and the Tamar Trails

Which of the Tamar Trails to choose...?

Enjoy a canoeing adventure along the wonderful River Tamar – see birds, fish, and enjoy an adventure in a Canadian Canoe with Canoe Tamar,  or  explore the Tamar Trails  Just on the Devon side of the river, the Tamar Trails are 25km of mostly woodland trails, leading through mining ruins and valley sides along the banks of the River Tamar.

canoe Tamar

Polperro on the South Coast is a wonderful old-worlde village
Polperro on the South Coast is a wonderful old-worlde village
Fowey is a lovely little waterside town and makes an easy day out from Cadson Manor
Fowey is a lovely little waterside town and makes an easy day out from Cadson Manor
Visiti the Eden Project, less than an hour's drive - a wonderful day out.
Visiti the Eden Project, less than an hour’s drive – a wonderful day out.
Explore the Camel Trail - hire a bike and cycle along this delightful level trail through wonderful Cornish countryside.
Explore the Camel Trail – hire a bike and cycle along this delightful level trail through wonderful Cornish countryside.