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River & Coast

Flotsum the rowing boat moored on the River Tamar


Set out on an early morning tide and paddle downstream before drifting back, watching the wildlife on the banks.


River Trips

Taking a river cruise along the Tamar is a fantastic way to see the Valley and get a sense of its history. From March to October there are regular trips running between Calstock and Plymouth. Calstock can be reached by a short 20 minute drive or a scenic rail journey from Bere Alston.



Spend a few hours fishing from the jetty and you may be lucky enough to catch a trout or bass to cook up for dinner! During the summer you can join organised mackerel fishing trips from Plymouth Harbour and Looe , or visit the nearby Tavistock Trout Fisheries and Hotel Endsleigh to fish for salmon in season. 



Both the north and south coasts are just an hour's drive from the Count House, with sandy beaches for surfing, secluded coves to swim from and sea thrift covered cliffs to amble along.

On the north coast, the long, sandy beach at Widemouth Bay hosts a range of surf schools. To the south, walk across the clifftops and scramble down to Lantic Bay or visit Lansallos beach for a wonderful picnic spot.



Tinside Lido

Originally built in 1935, Tinside Lido in Plymouth underwent a complete renovation before reopening in 2005, restored to it’s former art-deco glory! Now open annually from May-September, the lido has been voted one of the top 10 best outdoor pools in Europe and is a great place to head to on a warm day for a refreshing salt water swim.

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