10th February, 2017

Tree climbing at Cotehele – go by train

Monkey around this half-term! Take the train to Calstock, enjoy a riverside walk to the National Trust’s Cotehele, and climb a tree with a pro!

The tree climbing sessions are on Thursday (16 Feb) and Friday (17 Feb). Here’s an itinerary for your adventure…

The train journey

Take the train from Plymouth at 08 40 or 10 54. The scenic journey on the Tamar Valley Line gets you to Calstock in just over half an hour, after crossing the 120-feet-high viaduct shown above.

Riverside walk

From Calstock you can take a beautiful riverside walk (1.5 miles) to the National Trust’s Cotehele property.

Download directions for the walk


Photo: Cotehele house by Caroline IngramCreative Commons license

Tree climbing

Tree climbing sessions with Climb a Tree cost £7 for an hour and are suitable for ages 6 plus. There’s no need to book in advance – get the full lowdown on the National Trust website. There are also bushcraft sessions, but these need to be booked in advance.

Getting home
Trains back to Plymouth depart Calstock at 15 56, 17 40 and 19 24 (in case you wanted to have dinner at one of Calstock’s great pubs).


Photo: Calstock by Mark SeymourCreative Commons license

How much does it cost?
The Off-Peak Day Return fare from Plymouth to Calstock is £5.80 for adults, £2.90 for children (5-15yrs). Under 5s are free. Buy your train tickets at Plymouth station before boarding the train.

Look up train times