Embark on an unforgettable journey across the Southwest Peninsula from coast to coast on the Tamara Coast to Coast Way. This long-distance walking route spans 87 miles, connecting the north and south coasts and linking up with the South West Coast Path. Featured on a recent episode of BBC Countryfile, this trail promises an incredible adventure.

The route follows the majestic River Tamar through the Tamar Valley, starting from the vibrant city of Plymouth and winding its way to the river’s pristine source at Crosstown. Experience a captivating seven-day expedition, immersing yourself in the Tamar Valley’s diverse landscapes, rich history, and untouched beauty.

The Tamara Coast to Coast Way guide offers a comprehensive description of the route, including detailed directions for each stage, maps, images, and points of interest. Prepare to be awe-struck by the varied terrains, abundant history, and unspoiled allure of this remarkable path.

Choose to walk the Tamar Coast to Coast Way and immerse yourself in a wealth of fascinating history, ancient monuments, and sites of historical significance. Discover the enchanting beauty of woodland trails, flush with local plant and flower life. Wander along picturesque riverside paths, and meander through awe-inspiring natural habitats. In the Tamar Valley, you’ll find a rich tapestry of experiences, offering something to captivate nature lovers and history enthusiasts alike.  

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The terrain is varied along the route, from narrow and tranquil woodland paths to country lanes and some main roads too. Expect a few steep sections as well as gentle ambles along the river bank and through gently rolling countryside.  At each stage there’s something new to see, both at ground level and from on high across Calstock Viaduct – Don’t forget to check out The Tamar Valley Line as you plan your excursions each day, linking sections of the walk with accommodation along the way.  

The Tamara Coast to Coast Way guide provides a comprehensive description of the route, detailed directions for every stage, maps, images, and points of interest along the way.

Also included within its pages is information about local amenities.  The guide includes a description of the Tamar Valley Discovery Trail and suggests links to shorter walks and circular routes in the area too. 

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The Arundell Hotel

Bridging the Tamar Visitor Centre

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Tavistock Visitor Information Centre

Launceston VIC

Launceston Visitor Information Centre

The Bookshelf, Saltash

There’s a choice of accommodation along the way, especially the first two-thirds of the route from Cremyll. As you head north of Launceston, the landscape is predominantly remote and rural with few settlements and even fewer places to stay until you near the north coast and Bude. Be prepared for some long walks on days five and six (stages 5 and 6).

We’ve included links to places to stay, including self-catering, bed and breakfast, camping, glamping and hotels on the map below. Click the red map pins to find out more and book direct.  

Walkers should note that whilst you can enjoy The Discovery Trail as a walk in its own right, it also forms part of the Coast to Coast Way. Now marked with a bee symbol, the Discovery Trails is a wonderful long-distance walking route that begins at Tamerton Foliot and travels no further north than Launceston. A distance of some 35 miles. Once again, whether you choose to conquer the trail in its entirety or opt for shorter sections, the choice is yours to explore and enjoy. Find out more in our blog

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The Calstock Ferry

There’s a great deal of excitement about the introduction of a passenger ferry linking the Bere Peninsula with Calstock, or to put it another way, Devon with Cornwall. 

Made possible thanks to National Lottery Heritage Funding, this small boat is entirely powered by electric and will provide a fun alternative to the train for walkers crossing the River Tamar at Stage three.

The ferry is an Tamar Valley National Landscapes initiative as part of the Tamara Partnership Scheme.  With the ferry hopefully set to launch this summer, find out what the Tamara Landscape Partnership has to say in the latest update on their website.  

Find places to stay

Use the map below to follow both the main route in yellow and the Cornish alternative in red. As you do so, you’ll notice some large red pins, plus some blue, pink, and green ones too. These indicate Visit Tamar Valley member businesses en route or nearby. Some businesses offer

  • Luggage transfer services
  • Planning and itineraries
  • Rest & refreshments
  • Enrichment through things to see and do.

Click the pins in turn to read more about what each one offers to help you work out where to stay, where to stop off and what to look forward to.  

The red pins indicate places to stay, the blue pins indicate places where you can stop, rest, and refuel and the pink pins indicate interesting places you may like to build into your adventure and the green ones indicate where you can get help with planning or even guiding.  We’ll be adding more pins as the months unfold so be sure to check back regularly. 

We hope the  map will provide you with a practical and easy way to plan your walk along the Tamara Coast to Coast Way. Whether you tackle it over time or blast the whole thing out in seven days.


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