A dog friendly walk from DogPeople

A dog-friendly walk from DogPeople
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Cotehele - Circular (1 ½ easy)

Hamish walked the small loop described here – having already had a busy day.  The climbs are relatively gentle and paths are well maintained – we managed easily in 'ordinary' shoes (but see alternative for descent where boots may be more appropriate, especially if it is wet underfoot). Longer routes would be possible using this as a start point.

The National Trust owns the car park (grid reference SX 4246 6809.  A 50p 'honesty box' is in operation – we strongly recommend you respect this at this dog friendly car park where responsible dog owners are obviously welcomed (with waste bins and a supply of gloves), the information board includes dog waste bins and there are free toilets for people!

From the car park take a path uphill by the dog glove box – this is a short cut to join a clear semi-made track going steadily uphill (the first dog waste bin is a few hundred metres up on the right hand side).  Part way up you reach a small chapel dating from 1490.  A short way up is 'Calstock Lookout' – a viewing point overlooking a bend in the Tamar, Calstock and an impressive railway bridge.  Continue up a few steps to reach a T-junction.

TURN LEFT signed to Cotehele House (not right to Calstock).  The path passes between the gardens and house – glimpses of which are available to your right hand side.  Go through a gate into a courtyard then BEAR RIGHT towards a finger direction post (away from a car park and passing the stables for the house on your right hand side).

TURN LEFT as indicated by a finger pointing to Cotehele Mill.  At the next fork you have a choice: either follow the signs for Cotehele Mill via woods or to Cotehele Quay.  We chose the latter as we had 'ordinary' shoes and it had been raining.  We followed the metalled drive down to the quay where we explored the various buildings etc before returning to the car park (note - the museum is not dog friendly).

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