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Best campsites for the Tamar Valley AONB

Here is our pick of the Alan Rogers Assessors, expert-recommended campsites for the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Lying north of Plymouth, the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty straddles Cornwall and Devon with 200 square kilometres. It was designated an AONB in 1995, making it one of the more recent to be so classified. The valley is shaped by the rivers Tamar, Tavy and Lynher and has Dartmoor to the east and Kit Hill to the west. It features woodland valleys and steep gorges, which are often remote and inhospitable, leading down to wetlands that offer welcome nutrient-rich refuge for overwintering birds.

The AONB still bears witness to past human activities, with disused mining heritage from the 18th century and traditional field patterns and orchards that are a legacy of centuries of market gardening here.

There’s no shortage of picturesque villages and historic towns to visit: Gunnislake and Calstock in particular, as well as attractions like Buckland Abbey, Morwellham Quay and Cotehele House. A variety of trails are waymarked for cyclists and walkers, the 35-mile Discovery Trail being popular.

Top Tamar Valley AONB Camping Options

The Old Rectory is a neat little park where hedging provides bays to give you your own space and shelter. You can share the larger...

Woodovis Park is set in the grounds of Woodovis House, nestling in a sheltered wooded position covering 14 acres, by the edge of the Tamar...

Compton Park is situated on the hillside of Kit Hill above the town of Callington in East Cornwall, giving fantastic views of both Cornwall and...