The Tamar Valley in Summertime

The Tamar Valley is a splendid place and there’s nothing better than a Tamar Valley summertime. From late April when the countryside is shrouded in viridescence, to the heady palette of deep green and dusky gold as July and August unfold. If you love exploring England’s countryside at its best then this is certainly a great place to stay.  

A jewel in the Summertime Crown

The Valley bridges east Cornwall and west Devon following the course of The River Tamar and its tributaries the Rivers Tavy and Lynher. All three merge in an area known as the Hamoaze, slightly northeast of Plymouth, before flowing out into the Sound.

To the east Cornwall’s wild and rugged Bodmin Moor shimmers in the distance, and to the west Devon’s beautiful Dartmoor rises high above the river valley. Here and there, villages dot the landscape whilst the larger towns of Tavistock, Launceston, Saltash and Torpoint define the perimeter of what is, for the most part, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  

Getting here is easy too. By car, the M5 motorway takes you as far as Exeter. Then you can choose to drive the A30 to the north or the A38 into Plymouth. Or perhaps choose the train straight into Plymouth Central Station. From there you can pick up the pretty Tamar Valley line to Gunnislake.

Once you’re here, you’ll discover a landscape of variety and diversity. Choose to stay locally and enjoy countryside walks, fun on the water, the thrill of bike rides along country lanes, or for a real sense of adventure, get off the beaten track and try some of our mountain bike routes. 

To the south and just a few miles as the crow flies (and they do!) lies Plymouth Britain’s Ocean City, with all the amenities you could possibly want. 

Reach the Beach this Summer

But what makes a short break in the Tamar Valley even better is that the rest of the Southwest is within reasonable travelling distance. Beaches on both the north and south coasts are as little as 45 minutes by car away. The popular towns of Newquay and Padstow a little further. And on a good day, just over sixty minutes drive should get you to the world-famous Eden Project near St Austell. Or you could set off early and reach the Lizard or Lands End inside two and a half hours. 

Dartmoor and the English Riviera

When you’re done exploring Cornwall, head west to Torbay and the English Riviera. We think the best route is across Dartmoor. Don’t hurry though because this is one of the most awesome journeys in the whole of England with stunning views at almost every turn.  

If you prefer rugged scenery and steep cliffs, head due north to the wild and within 90-minutes, you’ll arrive at the beautiful Hartland Devon Heritage Coast. 

So why not avoid the crowds this summer? Find the perfect stress-free spot for you and your loved ones with a short break in the Tamar Valley.  Select a country B&B. a town-based hotel, a happy holiday park, or a charming village inn. Choose to be away from the noise, crowds and hustle and bustle of the most popular tourist hot spots on the coast and make the Tamar Valley your next home from home. 

This year, choose a Tamar Valley summertime and enjoy unspoilt peace in the ‘middle of nowhere yet the centre of everywhere’.  

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