Gunnislake in Cornwall is only five miles from the beautiful pannier market town of Tavistock, Devon, with its weekly markets. There are many National Trust properties in Devon and Cornwall as well as beautiful gardens, historic private estates, the Eden Project and Morwellham Quay to name but a few. There are also some fantastic beaches for some of the best bathing and surfing in the country.
The Eden Project does much more than offer a memorable day out in Cornwall. Eden is also a charity and social enterprise.As well as creating stunning gardens and laying on fantastic arts and music events, much of our energy goes into:
running transformational social and environmental projects on our doorstep and around the world creating unforgettable learning experiences for students
doing valuable research into plants and conservation making sure we run our operations in the greenest possible way.
On our doorstep there are some easy to follow walks suitable for all the family using the Tamar Valley Train Line. This 14-mile scenic branch railway line runs into the heart of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a brief circuit around Devonport Dockyard and under IK Brunel’s Royal Albert rail bridge, the line crosses a long, low viaduct to the peaceful farming countryside of the Bere peninsula, across to the Cornish bank of the River Tamar on the majestic Calstock viaduct and on to the end of the modern line at Gunnislake. The branch railway line was completed in 1907 as part of a more extensive network. The lines beyond Gunnislake and Bere Alston were closed 40 years ago, but as a promising sign for the future, early in 2008 the Devon County Council approved a plan to rebuild the track from Bere Alston to Tavistock. This train can also take you into Plymouth where you can visit the Drakes Circus shopping mall, or head for the Barbican where you can see the steps the Mayflower sailed from.
Plymouth’s Barbican area offers an idea of what the old town was like before WW2, boasting a collection of half-timbered Tudor houses and Jacobean buildings. The Pilgrim Fathers’ Mayflower set sail from the Barbican in 1620 on its journey to America – a plaque on the Mayflower Steps lists the passengers and marks her point of departure.
Dartmoor National Park in all its glory is only a 15 minute drive away and covers an area of 368 square miles – the largest and wildest area of open countryside in southern England. There are many thriving market towns and villages, the remains of mines, quarries, ruined castles, medieval abbeys, ancient churches and bridges that are all worth a visit.
For more information, go to www.dartmoor.co.uk.