THE TAMARA COAST TO COAST WAY
Walk across the Southwest Peninsula from coast to coast. The Tamara Coast to Coast Way a long-distance walking route that links the north and south coasts, joining up with the South West Coat Path. Featured on a recent episode of BBC Countryfile, walk the route and experience an incredible adventure of exploration that is a whopping 87 miles long. In doing so, you’ll follow the magnificent River Tamar through the Tamar Valley from the bustling city of Plymouth to its pristine river source at Crosstown.
Embark on a captivating seven-day walking expedition that guarantees an immersive journey, revealing the valley’s varied terrains, storied past, and untouched splendor. Prepare to be awe-struck by the diverse landscapes, abundant history, and unspoiled allure of this remarkable route.
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.
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.
Get the Guide
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.
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.
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.