Peaceful summer walks at Cotehele
There are loads of routes around Cotehele where you can enjoy late-spring colour and find a little peace and quiet. 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 June?
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. Your dog is welcome to join you in the Edgcumbe tea-room and in the garden at the back too.
Onward to Shamrock and the mill
After refuelling 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. Milling days are on Thursdays and Sundays, so these days are always busier than the rest of the week. The weir walk is quieter than the walk to the mill, so this is for you if you're looking for a more peaceful stroll.
The Upper Garden is an oasis of calm right now. The waterlillies are blooming in the pond and the space feels really calm and beautiful. The borders surrounding it are coming into colour and you can find out more about their planting on the information sheets dotted around the garden.
Another peaceful stroll through the Acer Grove is full of colourful foliage to see 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.
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.