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The fifty mile long River Tamar provides a natural border between Cornwall and Devon. Rising at the Tamar Lakes four miles south of Bude, it flows south into Plymouth Sound where it widens out and joins the confluence of the Rivers Lynher, Tavy and Plym before flowing out into the sea. Designated an  Area of Outstanding Beauty the river is frequently flanked by woodlands and lower down has many inter-tidal systems of mudflats and reedbeds, all creating a rich and diverse range of habitats. The location and the climate of the Tamar valley make it an important area for market gardens, although this industry has declined since the war. Many stretches had thriving ports in the height of the mining era and the industrial archaeology of the valley has been carefully preserved. Along the entire stretch of river are many magnificent medieval stone bridges, some of which are over 500 years old.

Mineshaft Gated for Bats Old Door in Derelict Barn Todsworthy Farm
High Tide at Cotehele Quay River Tamar Weir at Gunnislake River Tamar from Silvia's Meadow
Arsnic Chimney Derelict Mine
River Tamar Gunnislake Arsenic Chimney Stack Derelict Mine Building
Morwellham Quay River Tamar from Morwellham Stile at Danscoombe Valley
Morwellham Quay River Tamar from Morwellham Stile at Danscoombe Valley
Danescombe-Valley-Shed surveying in Gunnislake The Wheel at Morwellham
Danescombe Valley Shed Gunnislake The Wheel at Morwellham