Tamar Trails the Destination for Adventure and Discovery

Published February 1st, 2022 Tamar Trails the Destination for Adventure and Discovery Published in: Days Out

The Tamar Trails outdoor activity centre, is a hidden gem. It is the place to go if you are looking for outdoor fun and adventure. Conveniently located just a stone’s throw from the Tamar River on the Cornwall/Devon border in Gulworthy. Located in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a World Heritage Site.

These fun trails and the car park are open daily from dawn till dusk. You can explore a 25km network of woodland trails on foot or by bike. The well maintained trails take you through the woods and have breath-taking views of the Tamar Valley.

You will also see remains of the areas industrial mining past. It was once home to the largest copper mine in Europe and visitors can learn about the areas mining history whilst enjoying the stunning landscapes.

The trails vary in length and there are trails to suit all fitness levels and abilities and ones on the level for wheelchair and mobility scooters.

The signage is not the best but you can get a map for a small charge from the coffee shop to make it easier to navigate. Along the trails there are numbered markers that relate to features of interest. In addition to the trails are a host of other fun activities including, tree surfers, archery, bike hire and canoe trips. These are available every weekend, as well as daily from mid/late to early September.

Surf the tree tops on the tree top adventures where you pass high above the ground on the high ropes. At 50 feet you are amongst the woodland canopy and will weave through the trees on the specially designed trail, just don’t look down! The course involves swings, bridges, tree top walks and a zip wire, it undoubtedly gets the adrenalin flowing.

Don’t worry you are harnessed throughout and receive a full safety briefing before you set off. It takes around 2 – 3 hours to get around the rope adventure.

There are a choice of course adventures to suit climbers ages and abilities.

Feel the wind on your face as you zoom through the trees on the Zip Wire.

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Take a guided canoe trip; they are suitable for all abilities from complete novices right up to experienced paddlers. They are ideal for families, and children as young as 3 can join in. This scenic paddle commences at the historic Quay at Cotehele and takes you past the village of Calstock and beyond to the upper tidal limits. It is a gentle amble and you go with the tide.

The trips last about 3 hours, with 2 hours on the water and a picnic break on the river bank. Instructors provide a running historical commentary as you go along. It is a relaxing and peaceful experience. Further details can be found on the website.

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Archery is an activity that can be enjoyed by all ages and abilities. Will you possess the skill and accuracy needed? The trained instructors will show you how to deliver the best shot.

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Each Saturday at 9.00 am there is a Parkrun and everyone is welcome. There is no cost you just need to register to participate.

When it’s time for refreshments head to the Beech Café, situated in a beauty spot high above the valley with stunning views. They serve a lovely selection of hot and cold drinks, freshly prepared food and delicious sweet treats. Open every weekend in December, January and February, and every day from late July until early September. There is both indoor and outdoor seating for when the sun shines.

There is also an onsite shop offering a large choice of gifts for two and four-legged visitors and friends, perfect for a little souvenir or gift.

The Tamar Trails are the ideal destination for family days out or group adventures.

Dogs are welcome across the site.

Tamar Trails Centre, Woodlands, Gulworthy, Nr Tavistock PL19 8JE

Telephone: 01822 833 409