It’s been an exciting summer here in the Tamar Valley, with the launch of the Tamara Coast to Coast Way walking route. The Tamara Team were busy getting the finishing touches ready in the lead up to the official opening in July and since then the first walkers have completed the route and others are in the process of walking the new Circuit of Cornwall route.
Sarah and Gary, were the first people to walk the route and they kept everyone up-to-date with their adventures over the 7 days it took to walk, via social media. The weather was mixed, but they really enjoyed themselves and their spirits were kept high by the wonderful people that joined them and cheered them along the route. Sarah’s dogs even joined them for part of the way – and they also gave it their doggy seal of approval!
The 87-mile, 7-day walking route broadly follows the River Tamar, the historic boundary between Devon and Cornwall from sea to source, before continuing on to the North coast. It begins at Cremyll, overlooking Plymouth Sound and finishes at Marsland Mouth near Morwenstow. Linking the two coasts has also created a new 387-mile circular walking route around the border of Cornwall, Kylgh Kernow, Cornish for Circuit of Cornwall.
“Walking the Tamara Coast to Coast Way over 7 days is challenging and requires a certain level of fitness; in retrospect I could have been fitter! However, the route is well thought out and easy to follow particularly if you have the route on the OS App. The guidebook is thorough and is good to either look at the leg you are doing the next day or to see where you have been each evening. The highlight for me included crossing Lopwell Dam on day 2 and the last leg on day 7 where you pass the source of the Tamar stone and walk through Marsland Reserve.”
Highlights of the Tamara Coast to Coast Way include unspoilt river-valley landscapes in the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Cornwall and West Devon Mining World Heritage Site. Many short walks have also been developed along the route to enable more people to benefit physically and mentally from time spent in the great outdoors.
As Autumn approaches and the leaves in the Valley start to turn to glorious reds, oranges and yellows, why not get some fresh air and take a stroll or a more serious hike? All of the short and longer walks can be found on the AONB’s website here: