Autumn walks at Cotehele

A black and white dog walks ahead of a couple through the leaves in the woods during autumn.

Cotehele has a range of walking routes for you to explore the autumn colour. Some are dog-friendly, and some include a stop at the cosy tea-room over-looking the river Tamar. Where will you explore at Cotehele this autumn?

Dog-friendly woodland walk and tea-room

The dog-friendly, woodland walk from the house to the river takes you to Cotehele Quay and the cosy Edgcumbe tea-room (where your dog is welcome too). You’ll pass the Chapel-in-the-Wood, where you can read about Richard Edgcumbe I's daring escape from the king’s men in 1483.

You'll be able to reward your efforts with this season's special cream tea. It will give you the strength to get back up the hill, or to continue on.

Onward to Shamrock and the mill

After warming yourself with a cream tea or light lunch, swing by Shamrock on the quay and check on her progress. She's a Tamar sailing barge built in 1899 and we're currently giving her some TLC to get her ship-shape again.

From there you can continue on the relatively-flat track to the dog-friendly mill, and even further on to the weir before looping back up to the house. Little walkers will want to keep an eye out for tiny pixie doors in the trees leading the way from the quay to the mill.

Garden walks

A circuit around the Upper Garden shows off ash and dogwoods in their finest autumnal hues. You won’t want to miss the American ash on the east side, dogwoods on the island in the pond, the yellow stemmed ash or the tulip tree because they all perform in autumn.

Acer Grove is awash with colour in autumn and, for fit walkers, the steep, wooded Valley Garden, with its medieval stewpond and dovecote, is an idyllic alternative route down to the Chapel-in-the-Wood and the Edgcumbe tea-room on Cotehele Quay.

Catch the autumn colours in the Upper Garden behind the house
Golden tree in autumn at Cotehele, Cornwall
Catch the autumn colours in the Upper Garden behind the house

Follow your nose

Katsura (or Cercidiphyllum japonicum) is a tree you'll likely smell before you see it, especially in autumn. There's one just past the stone seat, to the left in the Valley Garden, and there's another in the Edgcumbe tea-room garden, on the left after you go through the gate. If noses can peel, keep yours peeled for a burnt sugar candy floss fragrance that just might take you back to a childhood memory at the carnival.

Views at Cotehele

Cotehele is famous for its views of the river Tamar and the Tamar Valley. A staff favourite is the view of the river and the Calstock viaduct from the bench over-looking the water just up the path from Chapel-in-the-Wood; or on a clear day you might want to climb to the top of the Prospect Tower you can see 20 kilometres in every direction taking in Plymouth Sound, Dartmoor, and Kit Hill.

Pop into reception to find out about more walks in the woodlands and across Cotehele estate.

See Calstock village and the Calstock viaduct from a path in the woods at Cotehele
View of Calstock and the Calstock viaduct, Cotehele, Cornwall
See Calstock village and the Calstock viaduct from a path in the woods at Cotehele