Live like a Lord and join us for six sumptuous nights at Pentillie, reserved exclusively for The Wayfarers. The elegantly restored Pentillie Castle (built 1698) on the banks of the Tamar River, which forms the border between Devon and Cornwall, provides a springboard for visiting the pick of the best features in both counties.
The week encompasses a tour of historic Plymouth (Pilgrim Fathers, Spanish Armada), coastal walking, wild walking on atmospheric Dartmoor (home of the Hound of the Baskervilles) and a visit to a former home of Sir Francis Drake. Gentler coastal estates include Tudor Cotehele with its own quay and stewpond, and Mount Edgcumbe with its Grade I Cornish gardens.
A highlight of the week is the chance to visit some of the key locations on Dartmoor used in the filming of Steven Spielberg's adaptation of War Horse including the Narracott farmhouse and the field where Joey learned to plow.
Walk Rating: Easy with options of Moderate. Pastoral countryside, coastal footpaths, estuaries, woodlands, wild uplands and open moorland. Some hills. 3 - 9 miles walking per day, with options for more or less.
From US$ 3,995.00
From US$ 3,995.00
From US$ 3,995.00
Walk begins in Plymouth with arrival at Plymouth Rail Station and ends in Plymouth with departure from Plymouth Rail Station.
We rendezvous in Plymouth for a walking tour of this proud city. We will see the Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrim Fathers embarked for the US, and The Hoe, where Sir Francis Drake was playing bowls when the Spanish Armada was sighted. We transfer to Pentillie Castle, our home for the next six nights where, in the early evening, we meet for drinks on the terrace overlooking the river and its valley, before an Introductory Talk and Welcome Dinner.
Today’s highlight is a visit to Cotehele, a wonderful Tudor house with many stories and legends, festooned with tapestries and adorned with textiles, arms and armor, pewter, brass and old oak furniture. It's a magical experience as little has changed over the years. Outside, we wander through the formally planted terraces, the Valley Garden, which includes a medieval stewpond and dovecote. We may climb the 18th-century Prospect Tower folly, with fantastic views. Cotehele Quay is the home of the restored Tamar sailing barge 'Shamrock'. The Discovery Center tells the story of the Tamar Valley. We return to Pentillie before going out to a local restaurant for dinner.
Today, we depart by private ferry (tide and weather permitting) for a day on Rame Head. We will visit Mount Edgcumbe Country Park: an 865-acre coastal estate designed by Sir Richard Edgcumbe of Cotehele in 1547-53. Ancient and rare trees include a 400 year old lime, a splendid Lucombe oak, and many others set amidst classical garden buildings with spectacular views across Plymouth Sound. After lunch at the Edgcumbe Arms, we walk along the coastal footpath to the ancient villages of Kingsand and Cawsand. We return to Pentillie for Dinner.
After breakfast, we leave for a day on Dartmoor, where landscape and history have inspired stories from Arthur Conan Doyle's Hound of the Baskervilles to Michael Morpurgo's War Horse. Joined by Dr. Tom Greeves, a cultural environmentalist, we walk to Ditsworthy Warren and see several of the locations Steven Spielberg used in the recent filming of his Oscar-nominated War Horse including the Narracott farmhouse and the field where Joey learned to plow. We explore Drizzlecombe and its superb prehistoric stone rows and barrows, medieval farm ruins and old tin workings, and learn about the folklore, farming and unique way of life of Dartmoor. Lunch will be in a traditional Dartmoor pub and, in the afternoon, there is chance to visit the historic town of Tavistock, the birthplace of Sir Francis Drake. The church of St Eustachius is well worth a visit and there will be a chance to stroll around the local market which sells good antiquarian books and prints as well as fresh, local produce. We meet again in the evening for dinner in Pentillie Castle.
(Optional Extra: This afternoon it will be possible for those who wish to go horseback riding on Dartmoor.)
We start the day with an exploration of Kit Hill with sensational views over the Tamar Valley, once a hive of mining activity. Later it became well-known for market gardening with apples, cherries, strawberries and fresh flowers sent by rail to Covent Garden in London. We walk along the Cornish side of the Tamar, crossing it by a bridge built in 1437, for lunch on the Devon side. In the afternoon we visit the country estate of the Duke of Bedford, with gardens and landscape designed by Sir Humphrey Repton. We will take afternoon tea here before returning to Pentillie. This evening we dine out at a well-known, popular local hostelry.
We take the scenic train from Gunnislake, over the great viaduct above Calstock, down the peninsula to Bere Ferrers. We will walk along the Tavy estuary, where we may see avocet and curlew on the mudflats, to the 16th century Who’d Have Thought It Inn (voted one of the 50 best pubs in Britain). After lunch, we visit Buckland Abbey, home of Sir Francis Drake, the intrepid sailor who circumnavigated the globe in the 16th century with enormous faith and few maps. Once a Cistercian Monastery, the Abbey now tells the story of how two seafaring adventurers – Sir Richard Grenville and Drake himself – changed the shape of the house and the fate of the nation. We return to Pentillie Castle for our Farewell Dinner.
After Breakfast, we leave for Plymouth and our onward or homebound travels.
This itinerary represents a typical Walk. We prepare itineraries well in advance of the trip and therefore we reserve the right to make changes due to weather, local events or other circumstances - but always to improve the experience of our guests.
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Pentillie Castle and Estate comprises a land area of almost 2,000 acres, lining the Cornish bank of the River Tamar for almost 2 miles. The castle nestles in the centre of the estate surrounded by parkland planned by Humprhy Repton in 1809. The American Gardens sit close to the castle and are comprised of traditional estate gardens including ancient and vast specimens of rhododendron, azalea and camellia as well as towering oak, chestnut, beech and sequoia trees.
This magnificent house, recently restored to its former and rightful glory, is home, exclusively, to The Wayfarers for six nights. All rooms have shower and full bath (except Kitson), are beautifully furnished and equipped with TV, hairdryers, robes, tea and coffee making etc. Wi-fi available throughout the Castle.
This hotel list is a provided as an example. We may use different hotels of the same quality and style on specific trips. The Wayfarers will notify confirmed travelers of any changes to the hotels.
Before & After your Walk:
- Visit The Eden Project near St. Austell, a vast network of conservatories featuring 8,000 trees and shrubs.
- Stopover in Exeter, the County Town (capital) of Devon. Stay at the lovely Royal Clarence Hotel, opposite the magnificent Cathedral and, perhaps, attend Choral Evensong.
Temperatures usually range from around 45º to 65ºF (7º to 18ºC) in spring/autumn and from 60º to 70º F (15º to 21ºC) in summer although it can rise to above 80º F (27ºC) on occasional days. You are likely to need a light jacket or sweater in the evenings. Rainfall is unpredictable but occurs all year round and can be heavy, even in summer. Equally there can be long spells of warm dry weather so you will need to bring clothing to accommodate all situations.
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