Where the bridge crosses the river
Sitting on the Cornish side of the River Tamar, Saltash is the location of two of the most iconic bridges in the West Country, bringing both trains and cars into Cornwall.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel's Royal Albert Bridge, which carries the mainline railway into Cornwall, was opened by Prince Albert on 2nd May 1859. Now sitting alongside it is the Tamar Bridge, a road bridge that brings the A38 into south-east Cornwall.
Saltash itself is bypassed by the A38 via a road tunnel and dual-carriageway to the north, but turning off into the town brings you into a bustling centre with access down a steep hill to the river where the original ferry crossing was. It was the ferry that caused Saltash to develop as early as the 12th Century.
Today the town is overshadowed by its neighbour across the water, Plymouth, but it's still worth exploring the green fringes of the town such as Churchtown Farm Nature Reserve and St Antony Passage to the south and Landulph and Cargreen just upstream on the banks of the Tamar.
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