Getting onto the River Tamar from Cotehele Quay
Not only is Cotehele Quay a starting point to explore the many miles of footpaths around the Cotehele estate, the quay also provides an opportunity to get out onto the river for further adventures. Here you’ll find information on launch points, guidance for safe paddling and other opportunities to head out onto the water.
The River Tamar is tidal
Before you head out onto the River Tamar you should check the tide times for Cotehele Quay.
Water sports at Cotehele Quay
Canoe, kayak and paddleboard owners can launch from the slipways on Cotehele Quay. For small vessels, such as canoes, kayaks and paddleboards, we ask for a donation of £2 per vessel for use of the slipway. This can be paid by coins at the car park machine, or by card in The Edgcumbe or at the information point at the quay when open.
Be sure to park at the quay car park, use the pay and display machine, and carry your equipment on foot from there. If the quay is busy and there’s nowhere to park in the quay car park, please turn around and try again at a quieter time.
Don't forget to check the tide times for Cotehele Quay beforehand.
Booking in larger boats
If you have a larger boat, please book in advance to use the slipway. Email email@example.com or call 01579 351346. For larger boats on a trailer the cost if £10 per vessel and cars and trailers must be parked in the overflow car park in the main car park.
Any boats and trailers that arrive without pre-booking will be turned away.
Canoe tours with Canoe Tamar
If you’re looking to get out onto the river but don’t own a canoe, Canoe Tamar host regular family canoe trips between April – September. They set off from the quay before heading towards the village of Calstock and into the wilds of the upper tidal limits.
Visit their website for timetables and booking information. Minimum age is 3 years old.
Cotehele Quay Gig Club
The Cotehele Quay Gig Club is a community rowing club based at the quay where they train and row recreationally. The club also enter many competitive events throughout the year, including the World Championships on the Scilly Isles.
Visit their website for more details on the club and for details on how to join.
Fishing at Cotehele
Fishing is not allowed on Cotehele Quay unless permission has been given. However, fishers are welcome to use the nearby Bohetherick Quay. Please follow government guidance on rod fishing bylaws and licences and remember to take any rubbish home with you.
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