Tamara Coast to Coast Way

Tamara Coast to Coast Way

A coast-to-coast tour of the Tamar Valley, following the border of Cornwall and Devon.

4 to 9 nights
36-92 miles
Moderate to Demanding

From £535 per person

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About the trail

Opened in July 2023, the Tamara Coast to Coast Way utilizes existing footpaths to form a fabulous route through the countryside of southwest England that has previously been overlooked by coast-seeking visitors. The fact that it links to the South West Coast Path on either end (allowing for an epic circular tour of Cornwall) is certainly part of its appeal, but this trail makes for a beautiful linear walk in its own right.

From Plymouth to Morwenstow, the Tamara Way largely follows the route of the River Tamar, tracing its journey upstream through the Tamar Valley National Landscape. As you meander along the county border between Cornwall and Devon, you will encounter a variety of charming landscapes, welcoming villages, and several intriguing historic sites to explore, offering something of interest for all tastes to enjoy.

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  • Tamara Coast to Coast Way
  • Tamara Coast to Coast Way Highlights

About this route

4 nights
36 miles
Moderate
1st March to 31st October

From £535 per person

Tamara Coast to Coast Way Highlights

This shorter tour is ideal for those wanting a taste of this beautiful trail without committing to the full walk. Commencing from the Tamar suspension bridge near Saltash, the Tamara Coast to Coast Highlights tour explores some of the finest views and historic sites this trail has to offer.

Observe the landscape change from urban cityscape to rural panoramas as you pass through the scenic villages of Calstock, Gunnislake and Milton Abbot, each with its own personality and stories to tell. This tour then concludes in Lifton, where you can celebrate the end of your holiday with a well-earned drink in one of their friendly pubs.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
TCCWH From Tamar Bridge(L) to Lifton 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate £535

Tamara Coast to Coast Way Highlights 4 nights, 3 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
  • Holiday Highlights

Important information

The Lopwell River (Lopwell Dam) crossing is tidal and cannot be passed 2 hours either side of high tide. Please check the tide times here when planning your holiday dates.  There is one non transfer accommodation nearby to Lopwell Dam which requires a 1.5 mile walk from the trail.  

Until the summer Calstock Ferry starts operating again, this walk requires a short 7 minute train journey from Bere Alston to Calstock. Trains only run every two hours therefore careful planning of your days walk to/via Calstock will be required.  Please check the train times here. The train cost is minimal and not included in the cost of your tour.

Start

Travel to Tamar Bridge(L) where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

Tamar Bridge(L) to Lopwell Dam(L). 8.5 miles (13.5km)

Day 2

Lopwell Dam(L) to Gunnislake. 13 miles (21km)

Day 3

Gunnislake to Lifton. 14.5 miles (23km)

Finish

Depart from Lifton after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation in most cases; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard if practical. A very limited number of stops will require you to travel on foot up to two miles off the trail, however these instances will be clearly communicated to you if applicable.

Further transfers may also be required due to some accommodations having a two-night minimum booking policy, especially at weekends.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£60.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£55.00 per person / per night


You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 4 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

Extend your holiday with an extra night, the perfect way to explore an area in more detail, rest your feet and send a few postcards home.

The village of Gunnislake provides a wonderful hub for wider exploration of the Tamar Valley. Trains on the picturesque Tamar Valley Line enjoy stunning views from atop the Calstock Viaduct and connect Gunnislake with several villages and towns in the surrounding hills.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 36 miles (58 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 8.5 miles (13.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 14.5 miles (23 km)
Code: TCCWH Grade: Moderate
Season: 1st March - 31st October
Start of holiday: Tamar Bridge(L)
End of holiday: Lifton

Route Profile

Tamara Coast to Coast Way Highlights Route Profile

Travel Information

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Exeter and Newquay.

By Rail

There are a couple of rail stations close to the start of the trail (Tamar Bridge) at Saltash or St Budeaux Victoria Road (both 1 mile away). Plymouth station may be more convenient. The nearest station to the end of the trail (Lifton) is at Okehampton (15 miles away).

By Bus

Bus services run from Plymouth to Tamar Bridge and from Lifton to Okehampton.

From London

Trains run from London Paddington station to Plymouth and from Okehampton to London Paddington.

Return to Start

The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to take a bus from Lifton, via Launceston to Tamar Bridge/Plymouth or from Lifton via Tavistock to Plymouth.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.
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St Andrew's Church, Calstock - St Andrew's Church, Calstock
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