Peaceful summer walks at Cotehele

Explore one of Cornwall's many subtropical gardens this summer

There are loads of routes around Cotehele filled with colour and wildlife, where you can enjoy a peaceful stroll. Some are dog-friendly, and some include a stop at the Edgecumbe tea-room over-looking the river Tamar. Where will you explore at Cotehele this summer?

Dog-friendly woodland walk and tea-room

The dog-friendly, woodland walk takes you from near reception at the house down to the river and along to Cotehele Quay and the 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.

The pathsides and verges are filled with wildflowers right now and look really beautiful.

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.

Garden walks

The Upper Garden is an oasis of calm right now. The waterlillies are ermerging from the pond and the space is 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.

The Upper Garden at Cotehele
The Upper Garden with a lily pond at Cotehele, Cornwall
The Upper Garden at Cotehele

The orchards are a great place to find a little calm too. The blossom started early here but with 125 different varieties of heritage apple trees growing here the flowerin season is long and there are many trees still holding their blossom which are now complemented by the bluebells growing under their canopy.

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. You can walk along the path by the river from here to Calstock too.

Pop into reception to find out about more walks in the woodlands and across Cotehele estate, including through Danescombe Woods and to the weir.

Guided estate walks

You could also join a free guided walk around parts of the estate led by one of our wonderful volunteers. Jane will be leading peaole on circular walks of about four miles on the second Monday of the month from June to October, with the first walk on 10 June, 2019. Meet at the Information Point on the quay about five-ten minutes before the walk starts. All the wlkas involve some uneven ground, stiles and inclines.

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

 

Take a seat by the pond in the Upper Garden and relax
View of the pond in the Upper Garden at Cotehele
Take a seat by the pond in the Upper Garden and relax