Discover a hidden gem

Begin your adventure in Plymouth, where the river meets the sea, and let the captivating path guide you along the Tamar’s winding course.


The route will lead you through a tapestry of ever-changing scenery, from bustling urban landscapes to peaceful rural vistas. As you meander upstream, the cityscape gradually gives way to serene countryside, allowing you to leave behind the hustle and bustle and embrace the tranquillity of nature.

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Immerse yourself in the Valley’s history and heritage as you encounter remnants of the region’s mining past, charming villages, and ancient landmarks.


Discover the remnants of industrial grandeur as you pass by the iconic Brunel-designed Royal Albert Bridge, an engineering marvel that spans the Tamar, connecting Devon and Cornwall. Marvel at centuries-old churches, quaint cottages, and traditional inns that invite you to pause, catch your breath, and immerse yourself in the local culture.

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The beauty of this walking route lies not only in its scenic splendour but also in the variety of landscapes you’ll encounter.


Follow the River Tamar’s gentle flow, framed by lush green meadows and graceful trees, and witness the transformation from a wide estuary to a babbling stream. Ascend gentle slopes and climb vantage points that offer panoramic views of the Valley, rewarding your efforts with breathtaking vistas that stretch as far as the eye can see.

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As you venture closer to the source of the River Tamar, you’ll be enveloped in a sense of peaceful seclusion.


The surroundings become increasingly untamed, with ancient woodlands, heather-covered moors, and rugged hillsides captivating your senses. Finally, at the culmination of your journey, you’ll reach the source of the River Tamar, just a few miles from the Atlantic.

This walking route along the Tamar Valley from Plymouth to its source is a true testament to the wonders of exploration.


It invites you to embrace the harmonious interplay between nature and history, immerse yourself in captivating landscapes, and forge a connection with the ever-flowing River Tamar. So, lace up your boots, embark on this extraordinary adventure, and let the Tamar Valley unveil its secrets, one step at a time.

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And there is one more very special attraction.

The South West Coast Path follows the entire Cornish coast between Marsland Mouth, the little cove that marks the Devon/Cornwall border on the north coast, and the Tamar Estuary on the south coast. By linking these two points, the Tamara Coast to Coast Way provides the opportunity to walk the complete circuit of Cornwall – Kylgh Kernow.

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Planning your Trip

Cornish / Kylgh Kernow alternative routes

Stage 2: Tamar Bridge to St Mellion
(12.1 miles)

Stage 3a: St Mellion to Calstock
(6.1 miles)

Stage 4: Gunnislake to Launceston
(15.9 miles)

Stage 7: West Wooley to Marsland
(2.9 miles)

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Link routes

Bere Alston link
(0.75 mile)

Kit Hill link
(8.2 miles)

Greystone link
(2.6 miles)

Launceston link
(2.6 miles)

Bude link
(3 miles)

Kilkhampton and Coast link
(5.5 miles)

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The Tamara Coast to Coast way has been delivered through our Tamara Landscape Partnership, with funding from the National Heritage Lottery Fund.

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