Explore the Cotehele estate

The estate is open every day from dawn to dusk (dogs welcome, you'll find poo bins around the estate). The 1,300-acre estate includes woodland and fields, industrial ruins, flora, fauna and working farm buildings.

Entry to the countryside is free. A £3 parking charge (members with a car sticker free) helps us look after this special place.

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.


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.

Prospect Tower

There are fantastic views of the Calstock viaduct and Plymouth sound from the top of the folly in Tower Field behind the house. Funny thing about the folly is it’s not until you get really close to it before you discover it only has three sides.

Prospect Tower and field at Cotehele
Prospect Tower and cows in the field at Cotehele, Cornwall
Prospect Tower and field 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 the way.

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.

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.


Children will have fun testing their stamina and burning off some energy on the climbing structure in the picnic meadow.

Swing, climb and play on the climbing structure in the picnic meadow at Cotehele
Children playing on climbing structure at Cotehele, Cornwall
Swing, climb and play on the climbing structure in the picnic meadow 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.