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River Tamar - Devon

Anchoring - FREE

The River Tamar wowed us with miles of unexpected beauty. It was one of those unplanned stops that ended up being one of the real highlights of our exploration along the South Coast.

Truth be told we actually stayed on one of our Patrons moorings (Thank you again Stuart!) so this technically isn't somewhere we've anchored... yet! But we wanted to add it the list for a couple of reasons, firstly when we took the dingy up the river to a place called 'Calstock' we passed by and explored some absolutely staggering British countryside.

On our way up there we 'discovered' (with the help of some locals as well as our almanac and charts) a deep pool anchorage on the bend of the river, right before you get to the bridge you see in this picture. We have every intention on heading back to drop the hook in this spot ourselves, at which point we'll update this addition to the anchorages.

The entire area was so stunning that it's really worth taking the time to head up river.

The River Tamar Anchorage destinations

Our Time There

River Tamar Anchorage

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Hank's Walk River Tamar

5 Fun Facts About The River Tamar - Cornwall

  1. Border River: The River Tamar forms a natural border between the counties of Devon and Cornwall in southwestern England. It separates the two counties for much of its course, and its name is derived from the Cornish word "Dowr," meaning water. The river's significance as a natural boundary has played a role in the historical and cultural division between Devon and Cornwall.

  2. Estuary and Navigation: The Tamar is an estuary that flows into the English Channel, forming a wide and deep waterway. Its estuarine nature has made it an important navigation route throughout history. The river is tidal and has been utilized for trade, transportation, and shipping. Today, it is still frequented by pleasure boats, yachts, and commercial vessels.

  3. Natural Beauty: The River Tamar flows through areas of outstanding natural beauty, showcasing picturesque landscapes and diverse habitats. The river meanders through wooded valleys, rolling countryside, and historic mining areas. The surrounding scenery provides stunning views and opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, wildlife spotting, and fishing.

  4. Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: The Tamar Valley has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) due to its unique landscapes, wildlife, and cultural heritage. The AONB encompasses the river and its surrounding countryside, including woodlands, farmland, and historic sites. It offers a range of recreational activities, including walking trails, cycling routes, and nature reserves.

  5. Mining Heritage: The Tamar Valley has a rich mining history that dates back centuries. The area was once a significant mining region, particularly for copper and tin extraction. Remnants of this industrial heritage can still be seen today, with the ruins of mine buildings, engine houses, and chimneys dotting the landscape. The Tamar Valley Mining Heritage Project works to preserve and promote this important aspect of the region's history.

These facts highlight the role of the River Tamar as a border river, its navigational significance, natural beauty, designation as an AONB, and its association with Cornwall's mining heritage. Whether you're interested in its cultural and historical importance, enjoying the scenic landscapes, or engaging in outdoor activities, the River Tamar offers a fascinating and picturesque destination to explore.

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