The delightful village of Calstock on the river Tamar in south east Cornwall is well worth a visit if you like quirky riverside villages away from the tourist traps. The village has an arty Bohemian feel, with an interesting art gallery, popular pub and a speciality ice cream parlour. There is also free parking!
There is also an interesting walk along the Tamar valley to the Cotehele House and Gardens (National Trust), it takes you under the dramatic railway viaduct, past quaint cottages along the river (don’t miss the pottery shop), uphill through some woods and onto Cotehele Quay and House.
Once through the woods, there are lovely views into the Cotehele gardens from the path, and back towards Calstock.
Below: Cotehele House from the footpath
The whole return walk takes about an hour, but why not stop and enjoy a drink or cream tea at the Edgcumbe Arms tea room at Cotehele Quay or look around the house and garden (entrance fee for non members of the National Trust). The Quay is free to look around.