The Tamar Valley is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty found in southwest England in the counties of Cornwall and Devon. Located just north and west of the city of Plymouth, the Tamar Valley hugs three rivers – the Tamar, the Tavy and the Lynher. This eclectic mix of estuary, river and ancient woodlands makes the Valley a unique and enchanting part of the country that offers visitors a wide range of activities and attractions to keep them busy.
Explorers can walk, ride or cruise through the Tamar Valley. It provides excellent walking country through well managed trails and routes. Of particular interest is the Discovery Trail, which spans 30 miles from Plymouth to Launceston over woodland, through rural villages and past quays. Kit Hall Country Park near Callington is great for walking and to appreciate the Valley's scenery.
Cyclists will also enjoy the paths and quiet roads, and canoeists can paddle down one of the many waterways on guided tours. The Tamar Valley Line is a railway service with a scenic 14-mile route from Plymouth to Gunnislake that follows the River Tamar and crosses the Calstock viaduct.
The Tamar Passenger Ferry gives guests a tour of the region by water as it crosses from Devon to Cornwall, and other pleasure cruise operators can be hired in Plymouth. The estuary and river valleys also draw wildlife enthusiasts, as they are important habitats for rare and unique species in the area, such as the avocet and the little egret.