Walks a short drive away
If you want to explore the wider countryside, some world-class walking routes are only a short journey by road from Notter Mill. With National Parks, an integrated coastal path, and endless miles of footpaths throughout its rolling landscape, the region is nothing short of a ramblers' paradise.
The South West Coast Path
The South West Coast Path
is the UK's longest National Trail and an alluring prospect for
walkers. This vast and varied network of routes has been voted Britain's
Greatest Walk by the readers of Country Walking magazine.
stretch of the path you might like to visit is Whitsand Bay on
Cornwall's south coast. This stunning seaside expanse includes long
sandy beaches, dramatic rocky cliffs and panoramic vistas over the
English Channel. |
Other local spots include Seaton and Portwrinkle, with
their scenic locations and easily accessible beaches which are ideal for
families. A little further west you'll find the picturesque fishing
town of Looe and the upmarket celebrity haunt of Fowey. Find out more
about coastal walks on the South West Coast Path website .
|To the east, the charming villages of Kingsand and Cawsand offer quaint
streets and sandy beaches. |
Beyond these is the spectacular Rame Head,
bending around to Mount Edgecumbe, a sweeping country park which offers
free public admission to its grounds all year round.
What's great for
walkers is that these beautiful and diverse coastal locations are all
connected by the signposted coast path network.
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You can choose your
route according to your ability and ambition, whether it's a day-long
ramble around a challenging stretch of the coast or just a relaxing
stroll to take in the splendour of this shoreline.
Dartmoor National Park
Just over the River Tamar, you’ll find the rugged wilderness of
Dartmoor. This upland National Park is stunningly wild and rugged, and
boasts a well-deserved reputation as one of Britain's most outstanding
places for walking.
For less demanding walks, there are short,
relatively level routes close to car parks, such as the circular walk
around the picturesque Burrator Reservoir.
|But the moors also present
highly challenging walks for intrepid hikers. This rough granite
landscape with its steep, exposed tors, offers plenty of opportunity for
hillwalking over rough ground. |
And there's the added perk of some of
the westcountry's most magnificent views over Dartmoor's bleakly
romantic panoramas and out to the sea beyond. For more information about
Dartmoor, visit the official website . For a selection of walks, click here.
And for stunning moorland walks on the Cornish side of the river, there's nearby Bodmin Moor. Here you can ramble over miles of ruggedly majestic moorland and see the remnants of Cornwall's tin mining heritage. Keen hikers can climb the steep granite tors, such as Rough Tor and Brown Willy, one of the settings of Daphne du Maurier's classic, 'Jamaica Inn'. You can even pay a visit to the very pub after which the novel was named. Bodmin Moor offers further interest to walkers in the form of mysterious ancient stone structures such as The Cheesewring and The Hurlers. And the perimeter of Siblyback Lake provides a wonderfully scenic, and surprisingly extensive, walk in its own right. For information about walks on Bodmin Moor, click here
The Tamar ValleyThe Tamar Valley
delivers yet more possibilities for walking. As an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it's the perfect destination if you’re hoping for scenery to inspire you while you stroll. The trail between Cotehele and Calstock is a particularly fine stretch of the valley. This meandering walk flanks the Tamar on the Cornish side of the river, leading you through pretty woodland with abundant birdlife. A variety of sights appear along the way, from elevated views through clearings over the river to the patchwork fields of Devon on the other side. The imposing sight of Calstock's old railway viaduct completes the walk. Details of this route can be seen by clicking here