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The Tamar Valley Line

Calstock, United Kingdom
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About The Tamar Valley Line
The Tamar Valley Line from Plymouth to Gunnislake is one of the South West's most scenic branch lines. Highlights include great views of the Royal Albert Bridge, the journey through the rolling countryside and crossing the 120-ft high Calstock viaduct. Calstock is a great place to get off - with a top country pub serving excellent food and a riverside walk to the National Trust's Cotehele property.
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Caroline D wrote a review 8 Oct
leatherhead, surrey46 contributions18 helpful votes
Only £15 for 3 of us return trip to Plymouth, yes all of us! - off peak - amazingly good value. Spectacular views of the Tamar Valley and the River Tavy; a fabulous way to see the countryside, Devonport dockyard, and going under the big Tamar Bridge too. The train starts off facing one way but reverses up to one of the stations, and then proceeds the last part of the journey backwards. A fun surprise. And there are tunnels and viaducts and water on all sides so its great for children too. Beware of travelling after schools as it is busy - the train fills up with teenagers going home, all beautifully mannered, well behaved, lots doing their homework on laptops, and a credit to their schools. Good to see that is not only a tourist attraction but a proper commuter train too.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Neil J wrote a review Jun 2021
Manchester, United Kingdom3 contributions4 helpful votes
Scenic it is not. The first ten minutes from Gunnislake would be scenic if you could see through trees. A modern overly hot train and if you return from Plymouth at 16:36 it’s basically school transport. There are literally 100s of more pleasant train journeys in Britain. On the plus side it is very cheap, go figure.
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Date of experience: June 2021
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JasonPF1970 wrote a review Sep 2019
Rugby, United Kingdom20 contributions7 helpful votes
A lovely scenic train journey to Plymouth. £12 return for 2. Great views from either side. Recomended and worth the price.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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J B wrote a review Aug 2019
Norwich, United Kingdom25 contributions8 helpful votes
A great little scenic trip to from Plymouth that is a must to save on the winding roads. Prices are very reasonable and the scenery is stunning (until you near the old industry of Plymouth’s suburbs). The kids were kept occupied by the bridges and tunnels too.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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B18C3V1C wrote a review Aug 2019
Maidstone, United Kingdom153 contributions45 helpful votes
Had a great time on the diesel train from callington to Plymouth. The train for 3 adults cost around £12 for a return journey and that’s not per person, that’s for 3 people. We’re comparing the 50 mins journey to an equal distance on a railway in Kent and the cost is nothing in comparison but the service is hugely different in a good way. The route is brilliant and goes over three bridges, all with fantastic views. The journey was smooth and the children onboard were even given activity packs - colouring books of trains and bridges with crayons. The staff were very friendly and all together was an amazing experience. Would definitely recommend this service and would love to do this again.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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