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View of the quay and river with boat moored up at Cotehele, Cornwall
View of the quay and river at Cotehele, Cornwall | © National Trust Images/Mike Henton

Cotehele circular walk

Explore Cotehele on a circular walk and discover some hidden places that are a haven for wildlife. The walk takes in the quay, stream and weir along to the Morden valley. Take time to discover the secluded Cotehele Mill, then wander through the trees up to the house.

Cotehele Closure, 7-17 May

Cotehele is closed to the public between Tuesday 7 - Friday 17 May 2024 for filming. This includes the house, garden, mill, shop, gallery, cafés, bookshop, quay, estate and all car parks. We thank our members and visitors in advance for their patience and support. Filming like this generates significant income and helps us to continue to protect and maintain Cotehele for generations to come.

Total steps: 12

Total steps: 12

Start point

The Edgcumbe tea-room at Cotehele Quay.

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

There are two junctions here to explore a little further and visit either Cotehele Mill (at Step 4) or the Morden Weir (at step 5). To continue the circular walk, bear right and follow the footpath up the hill.

Step 4

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

Step 5

To visit the Morden Weir, bear left at the second junction’

The Morden Weir and footbridge at Cotehele, Cornwall
The weir and footbridge at Cotehele | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Step 6

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.

Step 7

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

Step 8

Beyond this point, the path is not accessible for wheelchairs and prams. To take a shortcut back to Cotehele Quay and the starting point by turning right and following the road down the steep hill. To continue following the current route, turn left and follow the road towards Cotehele House, gardens, restaurant and shop.

Step 9

When you can see the reception in front of you bear right across the courtyard and go through the brown gate behind the toilet block. Follow the path until you reach a junction.

Step 10

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.

View of Calstock viaduct and the River Tamar Cotehele, Cornwall
View of Calstock viaduct and the River Tamar Cotehele | © National Trust Images/Mel Peters

Step 11

Follow the path downhill until you reach the small chapel.

Step 12

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

End point

Cotehele Quay car park

Trail map

Trail map for Cothehele circular walk, Cornwall
Trail map for Cothehele circular walk | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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