When you fancy something more fast paced we are right on the doorstep and in the centre of so many activities. From Golf courses, to hikes, to cycling we are sure there is something for you!
The Tamar Valley gives access to miles of country lanes and public trails great for exploring. Whether you are a Cycle Touring Club, an extreme mountain biker or a family looking for a leisurely day out, Cornwall and Devon has it all! There is a variety of interesting sites, beautiful views and places to go to keep everyone interested with plenty of different terrains suitable for all.
For some extreme cycling, why not spend the day at Cardinham Wood, guaranteed to test your skill or for something a little less taxing why not explore Tamar Trails, a short drive away. There is also plenty of free information and maps to help you make the most of what’s on offer. We are situated a short drive from rivers, moorland, and coastal paths, a fantastic opportunity for any guest no matter their ability to mount a bike, explore and enjoy our area from a different viewpoint.
There are lots of local public trails suitable for cycling in the area as well as dedicated cycle tracks, some starting right on our doorstep. And of course, there are plenty of local pubs and cafes serving great food and drink to help you wind down and re-fuel after a hard day’s cycling, or even along the way!
St Mellion Spa / Golf Resort
St Mellion’s Elemis Spa offers a delightful setting in which to relax and unwind, overlooking the beautiful Cornish countryside (just a short drive from Callington and Saltash), open all year to non-residents. Amenities include spa treatment rooms, a steam room, a jet pool, sauna and Jacuzzi, with an in-house spa team on hand to help you make the most of your wellness visit.
The extensive choice of health and beauty treatments available includes detox and energising options, “escape” and massages, all designed to leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.
Enjoy free river fishing as a holiday home owner at Notter Bridge Holiday Park. Sea Trout, Brown Trout, Salmon, Mullet, Sea bass and even small plaice can be caught on the beautiful banks of the river Lynher. Many of our owners fish straight from their very own decks! We also have a lake for carp fishing.
The River Lynher rises on the slopes on the eastern side of Bodmin Moor, at 280m above sea level near Altarnun, and flows for 34km to reach the Tamar estuary below St. Germans.Otters thrives along much of the length of the river and its tributaries. One of its tributaries, the River Tiddy, supports a population of Atlantic salmon.
The Lynher estuary is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Protection Area (SPA). Many species of wildlife can be found along the river and in the estuary, including rarer species such as the kingfisher, dipper, avocet, black tailed godwit and the triangular club-rush.
The River Lynher is an EU designated Salmonid fishery throughout much of the catchment. It supports both a rod and line, and commercial licensed net fishery for migratory salmonids (Atlantic salmon and Sea trout); the river also supports a Brown trout fishery.
Large spring sea trout, spring salmon and late summer grilse. Trouting is good in May and June. The Lynher is characterised by predominantly riffle/run sections and pocket water with occasional deep pools. Fish with a shorter fly rod or worm/lure. If you only have a 9′ or 10′ fly rod, try filling a spare spool with some 10lb monofil and work a worm or two with a few split shot through the pools, runs and along the undercut banks. Apparently the locals get some brilliant results with these tactics.
Our location in the Tamar Valley, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, means it is an ideal base for exploring. Cornwall has a diverse variety of landscapes ranging from coastal paths to river walks, from moorland treks to heritage trails and Pilgrim routes to archaeological explorations. Best of all it’s just within a short drive away from us.
- A day’s walking is a great activity for all the family and there is a great variety of interesting sites, beautiful views and places to go to keep everyone interested. There is also plenty of free information and maps to help you make the most of your walks.
- As well as boasting the longest coastline in Britain, Cornwall offers everything a walker looks for from a variety of terrains to breath-taking seasonal views. And of course, there are plenty of local pubs and cafes serving great food and drink to help you wind down and re-fuel after a hard day’s walking, or even along the way!
- There are lots of local walks and public footpaths in the area, some starting right on our doorstep. Here are just a few suggestions of what the local area has to offer:
- Walking along the river or amongst the abandoned tin mines in the Tamar Valley
- Cliff-top views and sandy beaches along the South West Coastal Path. The South West Coast Path – is just as good for short walks and gentle strolls as it is for long-distance trekking. www.southwestcoastpath.com/main/walks/ is the official guide will help you.
- Wilderness walking and spotting the wild ponies in Dartmoor National Park– see below for more info on guided tours.
- Mount Edgecumbe, Cotehele, Fowey and Lansallos also make for some stunning walks.
- Kit Hill Country Park – The highest point in the Tamar Valley and with over 400 acres of heathland to explore, Kit Hill Country Park shows how humans have worked minerals on marginal upland since the stone age.
Kit Hill is a distinctive outcrop of the great granite mass that runs under the whole of Cornwall. The area is rich in archaeology from a Neolithic long barrow to 19th century mining remains and is also home to a rare array of animal and plant life. Look out for the frequent guided walks and events.