I did a blog entry about going up the Lynher and this is still on the agenda (go to http://arwensmeanderings.blogspot.com/2010/05/creek-crawling-up-lynheranother-summer.html )
It’s a lovely cruise up the Tamar, past the dockyard, and then turning west into the Lynher. However, the Calstock cruise carries on under the old Brunel bridge by Saltash and then up past the village of Cargreen.
On the eastern bank we pass Weir quay boat yard before turning into the meander. Then it’s up to Cotehele Quay. Cotehele is an old Tudor house with many stories and legends, tapestries, arms and armour, old oak furniture and formally planted terraces and a Valley Garden, which includes a medieval stewpond and dovecote. More importantly, Cotehele Quay is the home of the restored Tamar sailing barge Shamrock.
There is a lovely video news report about sailing on Shamrock at http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/devon/hi/people_and_places/newsid_8909000/8909745.stm
The Tamar valley is an area of outstanding national beauty and is stunning. I suspect it will take a couple of days and some river bank camping – sounds great doesn’t it? I can tie up between the reeds in the upper reaches, lie back and read a book, listening to the gentle lapping of water and the hiss of boiling water on my beloved trangia stove.....oh yes – I’m almost there now. All it needs to make it extra special is ‘me old Dad’ camping with me. He’d love it!
This link will take you to a BBC film about a boat trip on the Tamar at Calstock. Enjoy! http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/cornwall/hi/people_and_places/newsid_8918000/8918156.stm