Browsing the Devon Wildlife Trust website and following their instagram has long been a way for me to find out new nature reserves, trails and places to explore. Recently while being determined to spend more time in the beautiful and on my doorstep Tamar Valley AONB, I discovered that one such nature reserve and trail was just outside of Tamerton Foliot. Warleigh Point Nature Reserve. Armed with the promise of stunning views over the rivers Tamar and Tavy, it gave Emily and I a chance to go out with my parents and blow the working week away without having to do much forward planning. Perfect as we have been house viewing nonstop recently!
Deceptively close to the city
By no means is this a long walk. The entire trail throughout the woodland is at most an hour to complete depending on the number of stops you take. But it is the details that really make it. You wind through a narrow country lane to park, despite being only 10 minutes from the city. Quiet tree coverage opens to estuary beach flats which give views across the Tamar to Saltash. Old slate hills which are eroding gradually to reveal the twisted roots of oaks underneath. Magical. We all knew we had to come back with my nieces. It is the perfect local family trail.
Estuary beach and views into Saltash
The highlight of the walk is down by the impressive railway bridge spanning the River Tavy. Built in 1892, it gives a different perspective to the Tamar Valley AONB to what I’m used to. Normally I take the train and rush off out of the city, but today we enjoyed what was always already there. A perfect detox from urban life.
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Sitting under the Tavy Bridge