Explore the Cotehele estate

Bluebells in the grass near a bench in the countryside at Cotehele, Cornwall

The estate is open every day from dawn to dusk and dogs are very welcome to join you on your walks and in the Edgcumbe tea-room on the Quay. The 1,300-acre estate includes woodland and fields, industrial ruins, flora, fauna and working farm buildings.

You're free to explore and enjoy the quay and countryside at Cotehele. If you're coming by car, the £3 parking charge helps us look after this special place, including maintaining paths and looking after wildlife. Parking is free for members but please scan your membership card at the machine for a ticket to display inside your windscreen. Thank you.

50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

Create some wild art using twigs, buds and leaves, head up to the play area for hours of fun building a den, or pull on your wellies and run around in the rain – there are 22 different ‘things’ on the national explorer list you can do at Cotehele. Pick up a free scrapbook from reception and start earning your stickers today, or you can purchase a special '50 things' handbook in the shop.

Chapel-in-the-Wood

The Chapel-in-the-Wood marks the spot where Richard Edgcumbe I made a narrow escape from King Richard III's men in 1483. You'll find it overlooking the river and tucked into the woods at the bottom of the Valley Garden.

Visit the Chapel-in-the-wood to learn about a 1483 narrow escape at Cotehele
Chapel-in-the-wood in the countryside at Cotehele, Cornwall
Visit the Chapel-in-the-wood to learn about a 1483 narrow escape at Cotehele

The quay to the mill

You'll find Cotehele Mill just a half-mile up the Morden stream from Cotehele Quay. The path follows the stream under shady trees and is mostly level and wide enough for pushchairs, wheelchairs and the whole family. There are pixie doors hiding in the trees to lead children along the way and you'll see lots of spring flowers growing along the route.

Having fun on the estate at Cotehele
Children playing on a fallen tree at Cotehele
Having fun on the estate at Cotehele

Cotehele weir

Walk alongside the Morden Stream, pass Cotehele Mill to find the weir that regulates the water flowing to the mill. A sluice gate allows the water to enter the leat. Water flows down the leat to the mill to turn the waterwheel.

Head to the weir for a refreshing break
The weir on the Morden Stream at Cotehele Mill, Cornwall
Head to the weir for a refreshing break

Managing the estate

We use planks made from Cotehele-grown oak and chestnut trees for benches and other projects around the estate. Volunteers build stone walls, maintain hedges and paths and in early spring the South Devon National Trust Volunteers clear reeds on the quay to allow for new growth. Work is completed before birds start to nest.

Walkies at Cotehele

There's loads of space for your four-legged friends to stretch their legs around Cotehele, with miles of paths through the woodland, countryside and around the quay. We welcome dogs to join their owners inside the Barn restaurant by the house and the Edgcumbe tea-room on the quay and there's also plenty of outdoor seating at both these venues if you prefer.

Please keep your dog under control at all times and bag and bin their poop to keep Cotehele safe and pleasant for everyone to enjoy. There are four dog waste bins on the estate, so you're never too far from one.

Missie loves to romp in the woods at Cotehele
Dog Missie in green foliage at Cotehele, Cornwall
Missie loves to romp in the woods at Cotehele

Events in the countryside

From bushcraft workshops to nature trails, there are fun things to do with the countryside team. Find all the details in 'What's on' and get ready for some refreshing outdoor fun.

Common pipistrelle bat (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) in flight over silver birch branch

Cotehele's bats

Cotehele really comes to life in spring, with the plants coming into leaf and flower and birds and animals becoming more active in the warmer weather. Find out more about the bats which live here and come out of hibernation in spring.