The Tamar Valley has some of the most beautiful scenery in Britian. It's been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and more recently a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has a rich and varied landscape of woodland, rolling hills and cliffs – which inspired Turner in his famous painting 'Crossing The Brook'. You will come across chimneys and ruined engine houses, providing an evocative reminder of the industrial past.
Morwellham Quay historic quay and copper mine - a living museum where you can journey underground on a narrow gauge railway into the workings of The George & Charlotte Mine (as featured on the BBC TV series The Edwardian Farm) is a short drive away - although walkable if you're feeling sprightly!
Why not explore the Tamar Valley by river? Canoe Tamar organise guided trips throughout the summer months and there are boat trips from Cotehele - if you're lucky you might catch a glimpse of the elusive kingfisher or even encounter a seal. You can also catch a train along the scenic Tamar Valley line into Plymouth to see the historic Barbican, Hoe and Mayflower Steps and enjoy a river cruise back to Calstock.
For those attracted to adrenaline fuelled activities we have nearby the Tamar Trails Centre where you can hire mountain bikes or climb 50 feet up into the woodland canopy with Tree Surfers. A few miles further and you'll find the Gawton Gravity Hub which offers over 500ft of unrivalled gravity fed descent.
Okel Tor Mine is centrally located so ideal for exploring both Devon and Cornwall. Within 20 minutes you can be soaking up some completely different scenery at either Dartmoor National Park or Lydford Gorge. Fancy taking in the sea air? Both the north and south coasts are within easy reach, including dog-friendly beaches. The Eden Project is about a 50 minute drive from Okel Tor and The Lost Gardens of Heligan just over an hour.
Should you have a special occasion we recommend The Horn of Plenty with its two AA Rosettes. Superb food and stunning views and only a 10 minute drive away.