There are many really local walks to explore the Tamar Valley at a wonderfully leisurely pace, that will allow you to totally unwind and get ‘close up and personal’ with the real world and history of this ‘hidden’ region.
Calstock Parish stretches from Gunnislake in the east to the bounds of Kit Hill. There are 40 Public Rights of Way identified by standards set by Cornwall Council who classify county paths as Gold, Silver and Bronze. It is significant that all parish paths are Gold with only one classified as Silver. Many of the paths are rich in industrial heritage, provide magnificent views of the countryside and the Tamar River with links to woodland and quiet lanes and roads.
Calstock Footpath Society :http://cfs.btck.co.uk/WalksGuides
Circular Walk ending up at the White Hart Pub, for a rewarding pint. Chilswory: http://www.iwalkcornwall.co.uk/walk/gunnislake_to_chilsworthy
There are over 25km of walking trails for you to explore from the Tamar Trails Centre, which is just 1.5mile from Sandhill House. These hiking trails will lead you through the woods to breathtaking views of the Tamar valley and a landscape shaped by the area’s mining heritage. Situated between Tavistock and Callington on the Devon Cornwall border, the walking trails are here for everyone to enjoy.
Climbing to just over 1000 feet (334m) above sea level, Kit Hill is the highest point of Hingston Down ridge, within the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The panoramic views are just amazing looking South to Plymouth Sound, East to Dartmoor, West to Bodmin and North to scintillating views of North Cornwall.
More distant adventures
Dartmoor National Park – The Heart of Devon
Situated in the south west of England, right in the very heart of Devon, Dartmoor is an ancient landscape of stunning views, awe inspiring granite tors, deep wooded valleys with fast flowing rivers, and rugged, wide open spaces.
Dartmoor Ponies are an iconic sight, living as semi-wild herds all over the moor. Where else can you see the wonderful sight of wild pony foals playing together against a backdrop of one of the most stunningly beautiful areas in the UK?
There is no better illustration of the diversity of Cornwall’s landscape than the contrast between the ruggedness of Bodmin Moor and its proximity to the lush Tamar Valley. In just a matter of miles the big sky and big panoramas of the high ground give way to a tranquil, blooming oasis of ancient woodland, ripening strawberries and meandering creeks, while at the same time revealing some of Cornwall’s best kept secrets.