Cotehele & Bohetherick Woodland Walk

Walking trail

This circular walk from Cotehele Quay takes you through Cotehele and Bohetherick Woods, exploring semi-natural ancient woodland and taking in the sensory experience of the river and trees.

Before you go:

Don't forget to bring your walking boots for this trail. There will be puddles to splash in and some moderate hills to climb. The rangers love this route as it takes you past some of the finest old trees on the estate. Whilst exploring, follow the pink arrows along the route to help you on your way.

The crane on Cotehele Quay, Cornwall


Cotehele and Bohetherick Woods cirular route map


The Edgcumbe Tea-room at Cotehele Quay


Start your walk at the car park on Cotehele Quay. Follow the pink arrow to the path above the car park which leads into the woods. Almost immediately, you will see a path on your left which heads straight up the hill.


When you reach the road, cross and continue on the footpath directly opposite.

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View of the River Tamar from the woodland paths


At the end of this footpath, you will descend several steps to reach a road. Cross the road and follow the path ahead for a short distance until you reach a turning. Take the right hand turning and follow the trail through the woodland.

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At the end of this path you will reach a T-junction. Take the right hand turn and before you reach the gateway, take the left turn and follow the pink arrows along this track until you reach Morden weir.

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With the weir in front of you, follow the track on the right, walk up the hill and out to a gateway which leads to the hamlet of Newhouses.

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The weir in autumn at Cotehele, Cornwall


At Newhouses, turn left and follow the road down the hill. Take care and watch out for cars here. When you reach the T junction at the bottom of the hill, turn left and walk past Morden Farm.


Just past the farm, the road forks. Take the righthand fork up the hill and immediately pass through the gateway on the left hand side to enter the woodland.


Follow the pink arrows through the woodland. You will walk above the weir on your left, and then you will see Cotehele Mill below you.


At this point, if you wish to visit Cotehele Mill, follow the track down the hill to the road. To continue the route, bear right and follow the pink arrows.


Follow the path until you reach a junction with a magnificent Oak tree beside a gateway. The track through the gate leads to the hamlet of Bohetherick, but to continue the route, turn left and follow the pink arrows down the hill until you reach the road.


Cross over the road, taking care to watch out for cars on the corner and continue following the path downhill to Bohetherick Quay and lime kilns.

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Walk around the kilns on the left to return to the road and continue walking downhill until you reach the stone bridge. Turn right and use the bridge to cross the stream. Follow the road right and it will lead you back to Cotehele Quay.


Cotehele Quay

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Cotehele & Bohetherick Woodland Walk

How to get here

Cotehele Quay car park, Cotehele, St Dominick, PL12 6TA, Cornwall
By train

Take the Tamar Valley Line from Plymouth to Calstock station. From there it's a lovely 1½-mile walk, signposted from the station, along the River Tamar and up a steep hill through the woods. Follow the signs. Bring a torch for late afternoons in the winter months.

By road

From Plymouth/Callington, follow the A388 towards St Mellion. At the Vernigo Roundabout (for the St Mellion Resort) take the exit towards St Dominick. Follow the brown signs through the villages of St Dominick and Bohetherick where you will then arrive at Cotehele Bridge. Cross the bridge and follow the road to arrive at the lower car park at Cotehele Quay or drive up through a white gate for the upper car park near the house and garden.

From Tavistock, follow the A390 through the village of Gunnislake. Continue on the main road pass the Co-op petrol station on your left hand side. Turn left after you see the brown sign at St Ann's Chapel and then continue to follow the brown signs. We recommend entering Cotehele via the A390 if you are in a large vehicle.

Cotehele & Bohetherick Woodland Walk

Facilities and access

  • The Edgcumbe Tea-room for refreshments (limited opening, check website for opening times)
  • Quay Kiosk for scooped ice-cream (limited opening, check website for opening times)
  • Toilets available at Cotehele Quay