One of England's Loveliest Country Branch Lines, this fourteen mile railway skirts the edge of the magnificent River Tamar and its estuary before crossing the splendid Calstock viaduct joining Devon and Cornwall.
The journey is full of contrasts taking in views of the Royal Naval Dockyard in Plymouth and Brunel's famous Royal Albert Bridge over the Tamar, before crossing the Tavy viaduct into the quiet countryside of the Bere Peninsula.
As the train climbs towards Gunnislake, remnants of the area's industrial past are visible, together with glimpses of a few slopes and orchards still cultivated by market gardeners.
The scenic views and landscapes of the Tamar Valley make a trip on the Line an experience in its own right. But to fully enjoy your day, why not break your journey along the route to explore the area? The villages have many interesting features, and there are shops, pubs and cafes for refreshments.
Here's a tip - as some of the best scenery is at the end of the line, we recommend you travel right through to Gunnislake and break your journey at one of the village stations on the way back.
On Summer Sundays, special bus links as part of the Dartmoor Sunday Rover network allow you to visit many interesting places, including Morwellham Quay - once the centre of world copper mining and now a living museum of Tamar Valley Industry. You'll need a good half day to do justice to all there is to see and do.
For all public transport enquiries in South West England, including bus routes and times, call traveline 0871 200 22 33 or visit their website.
Rail Ale Trail
Use the Tamar Valley Line to discover some distinctive Cornish pubs on the Tamar Valley Line Rail Ale Trail - more information can be found here.
How to find the Tamar Valley Line
By car. There is a free car park at Gunnislake station, which is in Drakewalls on the main A390 Callington - Tavistock road.
The postcode for Gunnislake station is PL18 9DZ. More information about Gunnislake station can be found here.
Alternatively, for those n Plymouth, south Devon & south east Cornwall, there is a multistorey car park at Plymouth station (PL4 6AB). More information about Plymouth station is available here.
By train. Plymouth station is on the main Penzance - Truro - Exeter - London Paddington mainline, with through services between the city and Bristol, Birmingham and the North too. Find train times here
View our video line guide:Useful links:
This is the website of the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership, School of Geography, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, PL4 8AA e-mail
We are a Community Rail Partnership, one of the longest established and largest in the country. Find out more about us here