Tamara Coast to Coast Way

We hope to create a new 90-mile Cornish walking route, reaching from the South to the North Coast of Cornwall via the Tamar Valley. The route aims to join together existing rights of way to create a path which broadly follows the River Tamar and establishes a new circular walk around the coast and county boundary of Cornwall.

Latest News on this project

July 2022

Summer developments

During the Spring, consultations on the Tamara Coast to Coast Way took place and the feedback has been incredibly helpful, so thank you to everyone who took part.   Over the summer we will be looking at the suggestions we’ve had about potential route changes, and to finalise what path improvements will be needed.  Work has also started on researching the history and points of interest along the walk to produce the guide and directions which will be available to download when the route is opened next Spring.

We have also commissioned a writer to create around 25, 1 hour – full day walks, starting in the villages and train stations in the Tamar Valley. The plan is to also make these downloadable from the website, so that people can either print them out, or follow them on their phone.

In the Autumn we will be working with Visit Tamar Valley to provide guidance for local businesses about how they can benefit from the new Coast to Coast Way.

Whilst the formal consultations are over, we’re still interested in any ideas people have so please do get in touch with Mark Owen, who is leading this project.

March 2022

Consultation Begins into New Coast to Coast Walk

We have started a consultation into extending and relaunching the existing Tamar Valley Discovery Trail, to create a new 90-mile Cornish walking route in the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The ‘Tamara Coast to Coast walk’ would create a footpath stretching from the South to the North Coast and create a new circular walk around the coast of Cornwall. If approved, the route would open in the Spring of 2023. Read the full news story here. 

Map of Cornwall

The proposal

Currently the Tamar Valley Discovery Trail runs from Tamerton Foliot to Launceston. The proposed new route would extend this at each end to create a coast-to-coast walking route broadly following the River Tamar. As well as being a stand-alone 7-day walking trail, the Tamara C2C would in conjunction with the South West Coast Path create a walking trail around the whole of Cornwall which could be called ‘Kylgh Kernow’ (Cornish for Circuit of Cornwall).  

Research undertaken

Potential routes for the coast-to-coast section were surveyed during Autumn 2019 and a route was found that is safe, attractive to walk and which passes through many places rich in natural or man-made heritage.

Ideally, the whole route would be off-road, but the limitations of the rights of way network means that this is not always possible. However, it is hoped that improvements could be made through the creation of new permissive or permanent paths. 

Details of the proposed route along with the alternatives that were considered can be found in the consultation report HERE

Other walking routes

Alongside the development of the Tamara C2C Walk, we also aim to provide information about and promote a series of short circular walks along the entire Tamar Valley. Details of these are also included within the Consultation Report.

The source of the River Tamar

The source of the iconic River Tamar, a spring on Wooley Moor, currently goes unnoticed. Proposals include introducing a stone on the road verge of the moor to mark its source. We would like to work with the local community and artists to develop a worthy design for this important landmark. Proposed designs currently include a natural granite slab inset with carved slate showing the route of the Tamar with text in Cornish and English.

Contact

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions on these proposals, please contact Mark Owen who is leading on the route development and consultation on behalf of the Tamara Landscape Partnership Scheme at: countrysiderecreationservices@mail.com. 

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