The waterside town of Saltash is situated on the steep banks of the river Tamar, acting as a gateway between Cornwall and Devon, whether travelling by road, rail or river. And it is probably the iconic rail and road bridges that most visitors to Cornwall will be familiar with?
The railway crosses into Cornwall over the spectacular Royal Albert Bridge, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and completed in 1859. This stunning bridge is unique in design, unequalled in engineering and graceful in appearance. To get the best view of it, park in Saltash and walk across the road bridge, or go down to the waterfront and view it from below.
Saltash has a bustling town centre, offering excellent facilities, with independent shops, pubs, restaurants, and cafes for all your holiday needs.
Ideally situated to explore both Cornwall and Devon, including the city of Plymouth, just across the water, Saltash is surrounded by beautiful Cornish countryside, much of it part of the Tamar Valley AONB. There are some great walks to do in the area, the pretty Rame Penninsula is a short drive away, as is Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor. Lovers of history and heritage can visit five National Trust properties within half an hours drive and the Tamar Valley has World Heritage status due to its mining remains.
So, before heading down into the busy tourist hotspots of Cornwall, why not make a stop in Saltash?