Cotehele Circular Walk

Walking trail

Explore the highlights of Cotehele and discover some of the amazing places that our Rangers love to work and watch out for wildlife. Starting at the quay, follow the stream along the Morden valley to the secluded Cotehele Mill, then wander through the trees up to the house and back to the quay.

Whilst exploring, follow the green arrows along the route to help you on your way.

Chapel-in-the-wood in the countryside at Cotehele, Cornwall


Cotehele Circular Walk


The Edgcumbe Tea-room at Cotehele Quay


Start your walk at the Edgcumbe tearoom. Follow the green arrows and signpost for Cotehele Mill past the Discovery Centre and continue along the road until you reach the stone bridge.


Follow the trail into the woodland with the stream on your left until you reach a junction on the footpath.

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There are two junctions here to visit either Cotehele Mill (number 4) or the Morden Weir (number 5) if you wish. To continue the circular walk, bear right and follow the footpath up the hill.


To visit Cotehele Mill, follow the first path on the left taking you down hill towards a small wooden bridge. Cross the bridge and follow the path past the meadow to reach the mill.

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View of the mill through the trees and across the stream at Cotehele Mill, Cornwall


To visit the weir, bear left at the second junction and follow the path.

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Go through the white gate, where you will see Elbow Cottage in front of you and a fork in the road on your right. Follow the higher road on the left which is signposted to Cotehele.

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Elbow Cottage holiday cottage at Cotehele, Cornwall


Pass both entrances to the main car park on your left and continue to follow the road along.


Beyond this point, the path is unsuitable for wheelchairs and prams, so a short cut back to Cotehele Quay and the starting point can be taken by turning right and following the road down the steep hill. To continue following the route, turn left and follow the road towards Cotehele House, gardens, restaurant and shop.


When facing reception bear right through the courtyard and go through the brown gate behind the toilet block. Follow the path until you reach a junction.


Once you have reached the junction, take the sharp right path downhill to reach Calstock lookout. Please note, the path here is steep and uneven underfoot.

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View of Calstock and the Calstock viaduct, Cotehele, Cornwall


After the lookout, follow the path downhill until you reach the Chapel-In-The-Wood.

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Chapel-in-the-wood in the countryside at Cotehele, Cornwall


Continue along the path, keeping the fields on your left and woods on you right until you return to Cotehele Quay car park.

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The River Tamar and the Cotehele quay field


Cotehele Quay car park

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Cotehele Circular 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 Circular Walk

Facilities and access

  • The Edgcumbe tea-room for refreshments (limited opening)
  • Toilets available at Cotehele Quay and Cotehele House