The Tamar Valley acts as a natural border between Devon and Cornwall, so it’s always been an interesting area for a short stroll. Cotehele in the heart of the valley was once home to a thriving quay and flickering lime kilns, and today it makes a great place to explore without the car. The quayside is always a good place to start as you can enjoy a leisurely lunch in the Edgecumbe Arms and have a closer look at the historic barge, Shamrock before setting off.
The gardens are a beautiful example of how the area would have dazzled in the days when mining made the Tamar Valley a bustling hub of activity, and they set off the river views to perfection. You may find the landscape of the wider estate steep in places, but it’s worth the effort when you reach the Chapel and Prospect Tower.
Built in around 1879, the tower was built as a folly by the owners to mark a visit from King George III. If you’ve got enough energy left you can take advantage of the staircase added by the National Trust and head up to the top.