Visit this picturesque and lively village on the banks of the River Tamar.

How to visit by train

Just half an hour from Plymouth on the scenic Tamar Valley Line, Calstock is fortunate enough to have two pubs that both serve great local food (read more below). The village plays host to excellent live music and events at Calstock Arts in the beautifully converted chapel that overlooks the river.

There are lots of local walks to enjoy including one to the stunning National Trust property at Cotehele.

Couple walking from Calstock to Cotehele
Lishe cafe in Calstock
Calstock artwork
Cotehele House near Calstock

Fun for all the family

Calstock has lots of options for a varied day out for all the family.

The village hosts lots of events throughout the year as well as having two great pubs, The Tamar Inn and The Boot,  a lovely café selling locally sourced homemade food and an artisan ice cream parlour.

If you have a young family there is a ship-themed play area in the centre of the village next to the river where you could bring a picnic and enjoy some relaxing family time. Just watch out for the ducks as they are partial to the odd sandwich too!

Tamar Inn, Calstock
Cotehele National Trust with daffodils in foreground

The Tudor House of Cotehele

For adults or those with older children, take a walk to Cotehele National Trust.

The walk is 1.2 miles each way (download directions) and is mainly flat on quiet lanes. There is one steep section as you walk up into the woods but the views at the top over the river, viaduct and valley below make it all worthwhile.

Turn right to visit the beautiful Tudor house of Cotehele, its gardens and mill. There is a charge to enter the house and gardens, but they are well worth a visit.

Riverside walks

If you don’t want to visit the house, instead take the left hand fork of the path which will take you down to Cotehele Quay.

On the Quay you’ll find a lovely little tea room, take away ice-cream and pasty shop if you haven’t brought lunch with you.

The Quay is also the home of Shamrock, an old Tamar Sailing Barge that is currently undergoing restoration.

If you’ve still got plenty of energy and want a longer walk, you can walk through the woods and loop up to the main house and still retrace your steps back to Calstock where you catch the train back to Plymouth.

Coming by train

The station is on the Tamar Valley Line which begins at Plymouth.

33 minutes from Plymouth

The village is a 5 minute walk down the hill from the station.

Buying Tickets to Calstock

Plymouth to Calstock

£

6.30

Off-Peak Day Return. Valid after the morning peak, and anytime weekends or Bank Holidays.

Great fares from further afield

LOOE
TO CALSTOCK

£

8.90

Adult Off-Peak Day Return

Fares explained

2 hours

Approximate journey time

EXETER
TO CALSTOCK

£

11.30

Adult Off-Peak Day Return

Fares explained

1h 40min

Approximate journey time

 

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