Gunnislake to Calstock

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Walk Length
5 miles (one way)
Ordnance Survey Explorer
108, Lower Tamar Valley & Plymouth
Step 1
From the station, turn right (signposted Village Centre) and downhill. You’ll need to cross the main road here, so be careful. Walking next to the road for half a mile, you will pass on your left houses and an escape lane for the main road. Even at this early stage there are some pleasant views of the valley to the right of the main road.
Step 2
After around half a mile you come into Gunnislake village, passing a row of brightly coloured cottages on your right, then St Anne’s church. Turn right down Calstock Road, opposite the bus stop. You will pass the church from the other other side. Take the second left (Kingswood Road), and follow this down to the valley floor, passing no through road sign. The road gives way to a track down to the river.
Step 3
As you reach the banks of the Tamar, take the right fork in the track, which immediately gives way to a path. Follow the riverbank on your left for half a mile, passing Gunnislake weir and through a small car park next to a row of cottages.
Step 4
As you reach two consecutive signposts with yellow arrows and an apple symbol (the apple is the sign for the Tamar Valley Discovery trail) leave the path and turn right uphill on a track immediately past a solitary house. The track climbs sharply and soon joins a road. Take a sharp left here, onto that road. Depending on the time of year (i.e. foliage!) you will get good views back across the valley to Morwell Wood. The road climbs uphill and away from the Tamar, through clusters of houses, over a stream and past stables.
Step 5
You will come to a road junction. Take the left turn, signposted Calstock Church, and NOT Calstock. The road climbs and passes under the railway line which you travelled on to Gunnislake. If you need an excuse for a breather on the climb, turn to look behind you for a great view down the Tamar Valley back towards Gunnislake. After passing under the rail bridge, turn left. You will pass Calstock Church on your left, and on right the by the cemetery a very interesting information panel on the Roman presence in Cornwall. After passing the churchyard entrance, turn left as the road forks. You will pass several nurseries.
Step 6
The road descends to cross the railway line at Okeltor. Turn left after crossing the line. Look to your right as you walk for great views of the river below you. Turn sharp right as the road forks, a bridleway signposted “Okel Tor Mine”. The bridleway descends to the riverbank, with an information panel about the mine available to the left of the track.
Step 7
As you reach the river once more and the bridleway becomes a road, take a path to the left and through a gate to skirt the riverbank all the way to Calstock. After around 1/3 mile, Calstock’s graceful viaduct becomes visible. On arrival in Calstock, head up Commercial Road, behind the Tamar Inn uphill towards the viaduct. The station will be on your right. Part way up Commercial Road there is a left hand turn signposted Cotehele. This magnificent National Trust house and gardens is well worth a visit, and the walk along the river is pleasant and well-signposted if rather hilly in the final section. Visiting Cotehele and coming back into Calstock will add around 3 miles to your walk, but is time well spent.