Explore the Cotehele estate

View from the Cotehele estate

Open daily from dawn to dusk, the Cotehele estate spans 1,300 acres and includes woodland and fields, industrial ruins, flora, fauna and working farm buildings.

Our favourite walks

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

Prospect Tower

Believed to be built in the late 1780s, its suggested that the Prospect Tower was erected to commemorate the visit of George III to Cotehele in 1789. No-one is certain of its intended purpose, but it is possible that the tower was built as an eye catcher as well as signalling tower should the need arise.

We're sorry that at the moment access to the Prospect Tower is restricted for the foreseeable future. When the three-sided tower is open, you can climb to the top to see a panoramic view of the Tamar Valley. 

The view form the top of Prospect Tower makes the climb worthwhile
The view from the top of Prospect Tower at Cotehele
The view form the top of Prospect Tower makes the climb worthwhile

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. Please note that Cotehele Mill is now closed for the foreseeable, but you are welcome to enjoy the meadow nearby.

Cotehele weir

Cotehele Mill is powered by water which flows from a weir in Morden Stream. Ordinarily, the weir regulates the water flowing to the mill and a sluice gate allows the water to enter a leat. Water flows down the leat to the mill to turn the waterwheel.

Following recent flash flooding, the weir was washed away which affects the use of the traditional watermill, so we are unable to mill flour at the moment. The bridge over the weir was also damaged and will remain closed. We are working with the Environment Agency to assess the full extend of the damage and plan for it's future.

Water flowing through the weir after damage in December 2020
Water flowing through the weir after damage in December 2020
Water flowing through the weir after damage in December 2020

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.

You can download our walkies guide here which has a map showing the dog bin locations too: Dogs at Cotehele guide (PDF / 0.69140625MB) download

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
Great tit at the bird feeding station on Cotehele Quay

Best places for birdsong at Cotehele

In springtime, birds are in full voice, with the loudest and liveliest singing in the early morning. So, where are the best places to hear the dawn chorus at Cotehele?