Regular Journeys


Daily Trips

Daily trips:  at Morwellham Quay; approaching Calstock Viaduct; enojoying the trip;  leaving Cotehele Quay.  (Photos 1, 3 and 4 (c) James Bird, 2004.)We offer two regular journeys.

Availability of the journeys varies according to the daily tide times.

Regular Journeys available are:

Between Morwellham and Cotehele

Between Morwellham and Weir Head


For a sketch map of the routes we follow, click here.

Morwellham to Cotehele
The first journey takes place between the ancient quays of Morwellham and Cotehele. You will be on the water for around two hours and we will take a short break at Calstock.

Cotehele Quay is part of the National Trust property based around Cotehele House. The Shamrock, a fully restored Tamar barge is moored there. There are tearooms in the Edgcumbe Arms on the quay and delicious local organic ice cream for sale.

We will paddle past the steep woodlands of the estate and the chapel built by Sir Richard Edgcumbe to mark his escape from the Roundheads. A sharp bend in the river take us past Danescombe House, built for a mine captain and once a hotel. Boatyards and moorings bring us to the famous Calstock viaduct completed in 1907 and our halt at the village. You may want to get out here, stretch your legs and have refreshments.

The river then winds it way up to Morwellham Quay, once a large thriving copper port with ships taking the ore from the 19th century mines along the valley. There is evidence of the mining activity all the way, with ruins, chimneys and disused small quays.

Morwellham Quay is now a living history museum, depicting Victorian life in the 1800s. The Garlandstone, the last ship to be built on the river, is being restored and lies in the dock.

For a sketch map of the route we follow, click here.

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Daily trips:  passing Morwell Rocks;  under Morden  Bridge;  an evening cruise.  (Photos 2 & 3 (c) James Bird, 2004.)Morwellham to Weir Head
Our second regular journey starts and finishes at Morwellham Quay. We will paddle up river through steeply sloping woods and water meadows as far as Weir Head - the upper limit of the tidal Tamar - and then paddle back down with the changing tide.

The peace and tranquillity of the upper river increases our chances of seeing the rarer wild life of the river, kingfisher and peregrine falcon, otter or even a seal.

This journey will give you about two hours on the water.

For a sketch map of the route we follow, click here.

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