This pleasant hike partly using Tamar Valley discovery trail along the River Tamar provides a way of visiting World Heritage sites around Tamar Valley including Oker Tor mine and Calstock Roman Fort site.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Park your car at Calstock Carpark (close to the football field)
(D/A) Start the path between the field and the river, past the gate follow straight the public bridleway next to "Okeltor boathouse".
(1) At the next fork, turn right for a quick way and return to see and learn about Okel Tor Mine, one of Calstock's most important mines producing massive quantities of copper, arsenic and tin until the mid 19th century. Back to Tama Discovery Trail, you will turn left reaching a road, then cross over the railway track.
(2) Ascend straight this road past "Ferry Farm" heading a beautiful church, St Andrew's church. Continue straight for 50 metres to Calstock Roman Fort on your left. You are standing on an archaeological site which has seen human occupation for four thousand years. (interesting signpost giving explanations). At the next junction, leave the main road and turn right when you see "low bridge 35yrds ahead" signpost.
(3) Go straight ahead for 1mile, first following "Gunnislake 1 1/4m" sign at the first junction, then straight again at the next crossroads until you see on your right "Netstakes written on a stone and a public footpath going down at 170°angle. Follow this steep descent, past the house turn left along the river.
(4) This quiet way goes past a lovely house, then bears right at a small stone house until you reach a residential area. Pay attention to the path (a bit hidden by a small car park) which bears right quickly before the first house on your right. You are back waterside, always follow right side at crossroads until you reach Gunnislake bridge over the River Tamar (traffic road, be careful!). Cross over the road towards the garage, continue straight, ignore the track which goes up left and follow blue arrows between private properties.
(5) You are back in the forest on a lovely path (still Tamar Valley discovery Trail) heading towards open mine shafts in ruins. This path becomes a bit steeper before you reach a road, turn right. After the left curve, climb up the steep path until a road again.
(6) Turn left and continue towards crossroads next to White Hart Inn in Chilsworthy (it's time to have a break well deserved!). From the pub, follow public footpath sign, go up straight and enjoy the view overlooking hills nearby.
(7) Cross the bridge and turn left "Gunnislake 1 3/4" sign. Walk along the road for 1 mile and bear right "No entry road". At crossroads, Turn right walking along Delaware Primary Academy (use left pavement). In St Ann's Chapel turn left Cotehele NT but before the single-file traffic signpost, bear left towards Todsworthy Farm Cottages. Cross over the road, past the gate to Danescombe public footpath.
(8) At the next road, turn left and quickly right past Danescombe Farm (white house). This path goes gently down along a stream in woodlands. Don't cross the footbridge. Continue straight the larger footpath past a swing, then a nice house in the middle of ruins and finally a bridge for locals. You are now at a junction, ignore Cotehele sign, go straight follow the track becoming a road along the river for 1km heading to Calstock. In the village bear right, go down the road towards Tamar Inn (time for a new break!) and you are back to the car park.(D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 7ft - Calstock Car park
1 : mi 1.06 - alt. 49ft - Okel Tor Mine
2 : mi 2.48 - alt. 328ft - St Andrew's church
3 : mi 3.61 - alt. 121ft - "netstakes"
4 : mi 3.92 - alt. 30ft - Hidden path
5 : mi 5.62 - alt. 118ft - Old mine shafts
6 : mi 6.28 - alt. 453ft - White Hart Inn
7 : mi 6.48 - alt. 554ft - Bridge
8 : mi 8.34 - alt. 256ft - Danescombe Farm
D/A : mi 9.87 - alt. 7ft - Calstock Car park
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