The Tamar Valley
Launceston, North Cornwall

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The Tamar Bridge
Bodmin Moor

The Tamar Valley is a designated Area of Natural Beauty situated around the rivers Tamar and Tavy approximately half way between the city of Plymouth to the south and the town of Launceston to the north.

It forms part of the boundary between the counties of Devon on the west and Cornwall to the east. Adjacent to its eastern border can be found the lovely Dartmoor National Park. The Valley boasts some of the best scenery to be found in the West Country and is a wonderful area for both walkers and cyclists.

The main towns in the area are Launceston where you can visit the thousand year old castle or take a ride on the steam train, Callington to the west with its mural trail, Tavistock on the east side where there is a daily craft and food market, and Saltash which boasts the impressive Royal Albert Bridge built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

There are a variety of ways to explore the area, take on trip on the scenic Tamar Valley Line which runs 14 miles from Plymouth to Gunnislake with stops at several interesting small towns and villages along the way. Alternatively, why not take a trip on a pleasure cruise from Plymouth or a boat ride on the Tamar Passenger Ferry.

Mining of silver, tin and latterly copper has taken place here for centuries, and at its peak there were over 100 mines being worked along the river. Many ruins and old chimneys can still be found here to remind us of this area's heritage.

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