I had a fabulous day in Launceston at the Tamar Valley Tourism Conference recently, working alongside a host of individuals and organisations who are proud of their beautiful, un-spoilt valley. If you are not familiar with the Tamar Valley, it is somewhere very special that you really need to explore. Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it is home to rare animal and plant life as well as an array of local artists and crafts people.
There are numerous walks for all abilities taking in the spectacular scenery. The river Tamar runs through the valley, dividing Devon and Cornwall. Tavistock and Dartmoor are a short drive to the east, while Bodmin Moor is found to the west and Plymouth to the south. There are many local attractions; The National Trust’s Cotehele house, gardens and quay are popular with families and couples. The valley is home to the famous Pentille Castle renown for being the filming location of several successful TV shows. Those of you with younger children might want to explore the Tamar Valley Donkey Park.
More adventurous travellers might enjoy kayaking down the Tamar or embarking on a fishing trip from the beautiful village of Calstock. Take a hike through the steep, wooded valley and you will reach one of my all time favourite educational visit locations, Morewhelham Quay. Here you can immerse yourself in learning about Victorian life. Take a trip down the mine on a rickety old train, watch the blacksmith work or dare to be taught by a teacher in a Victorian classroom.
The valley is also a wonderful place to explore if you are coming this way next year to celebrate the Mayflower 400 celebrations. Consider traveling there by rail on the Gunnislake branch line – one of the most picturesque train lines in the country.
Come and explore the Tamar Valley. It’s a wonderful, peaceful place that somehow manages to remain that way even at the peak of the summer season.
Contact me at Exciting Education if you want to know how to attract more school groups to your Tamar Valley attraction.