Tamar Valley AONB

Tamar Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) straddles the  administrative border between Cornwall and Devon and covers around 75 square miles of the lower Tamar River (below Launceston) and its tributaries.


The Tamar Valley is an area rich in beauty and history, possessing some of the finest scenery in the West Country and the estuary is an important haven for wildlife, such as the avocet and little egret.

Explore the area by train on the scenic Tamar Valley Line, by boat on the Tamar Passenger Ferry or pleasure cruises from Plymouth, by car or on foot on the extensive network of local footpaths - there's a route to suit everyone - plus two on-road circuits for cyclists.

The valley is marked by four ancient towns: Launceston in the North - with its steam railway and Norman castle; Tavistock to the East - gateway to Dartmoor; Callington in the West - with its unusual mural trail, and Saltash - best known for Brunel's Royal Albert Bridge, now partnered by the impressive road bridge. Many of the villages also have their own guides and walking trails.

The distinctiveness of the Valley has been shaped by both time and people. Mining thrived here from medieval times, exploiting silver and tin reserves - but it was copper in the 1800's which made the greatest impact. In today's tranquillity, it is hard to imagine that at the height of the mining boom there were over 100 mines along the river. Atmospheric chimneys and ruins throughout the valley serve as a reminder of this industrial past. Morwellham grew as an inland port to serve the mines, and today has been brought back to life as a living history museum, offering you a taste of Victorian life. For more information visit www.drawntothevalley.co.uk

Drawn to the Valley Artists of the Tamar Valley 10th-18th May 2014

Captured in Time – What is Natural Beauty? Art Exhibition in association with the Tamar Valley AONB

Preliminary drawings and sketchbooks will be on display alongside finished work, to arouse people’s thoughts about the future of the valley and what makes it an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Artists have been asked to create a contemporary piece, which celebrates the history of the valley, its community and heritage. Works may take any format or dimension; installation, performance, film, fine art, textiles, ceramics, metal, print/printmaking, paint or mixed media. It promises to be another exciting show, which will delight and enthrall visitors. 

Drawn to the Valley have been working in association with the Tamar Valley AONB for several years now, indeed their support was fundamental in the early years of the group, enabling the artists group to go from strength to strength. The exhibition will echo the successful collaborative Harvesting Time Project in 2012.

Walk & Talk in the Tamar Valley 

- New Programme out now

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