Places to visit around Ryelands

The Tamar Biridge

Ryelands B&B is ideally situated for walkers, cyclists, and horse riders, explorers of Dartmoor with its miles of rugged moorland and magnificent granite tors or those just wishing to get away from it all and relax.

Lydford GorgeLopwell DamBuckland Abbey, the acclaimed Garden House at Buckland Monachorum and the historic market town of Tavistock, with its award winning Farmers Market (www.tavistockfarmersmarket.com) and Pannier market, are among the many attractions in our local area.  The National Cycle Route 27 – The Granite Way (www.sustrans.org.uk) – passes through North Brentnor.  Also Drakes Trail, a 21-mile walking and cycling route from Tavistock to Plymouth, offers scenic routes over Gem Bridge and through Grenofen Tunnel.  Visit Rame Head and its Medieval Chapel and experience the stunning views of the coastline (www.historic-cornwall.org.uk). Once two towns, Medieval Looe has something for everyone (www.looe.org) and an exploration of Polperro's narrow, winding streets and lanes is not to be missed (www.polperro.org)!

Other local attractions include:

This is just a small example of things to explore in our beautiful part of Cornwall and Devon.  Take a look at www.welovethetamarvalley.co.ukwww.visitcornwall.com and www.visitdevon.co.uk for more information.

Saltash and the surrounding area

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Saltash is known as the 'Gateway to Cornwall', as it lies just across the River Tamar from Plymouth.  It is home to the spectacular Royal Albert Bridge, which with its unique design, engineering and appearance is counted as is one of the greatest bridges in the world. Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and completed in 1859, this stunning bridge is a ‘must see’ for anyone visiting the area.


Saltash itself is a thriving town with a lively shopping centre plus a host of independent shops selling unique gifts and souvenirs. There are also pubs, restaurants and cafes and general retail shops for all of your holiday needs.

Saltash provides easy access to other areas of Cornwall and Devon, from the sandy beaches of Whitsand Bay to the dramatic scenery of Bodmin Moor. Less than half an hour’s drive away, you will find the picturesque fishing village of Looe, with Polperro just 10 minutes further down the road.

On the Rame Penisula near Torpoint, you can find Mount Edgcumbe – a grand country house situated in 865 acres of beautiful country parkland. Feeling active during your visit? Why not give 'Disc Golf' a go before you leave the park, or Adventure Segway? Whether you prefer 'extreme', adrenaline-fuelled activities, or are happy with a leisurely stroll around our local area, you can rest assured that you're never too far away from a cream tea!


Another National Trust property, also located in Torpoint, is Antony House and Gardens. This superb early 18th Century mansion has been home to the Carew family for 600 years. There are numerous attractive woodland walks around the house, where you will find many exotic varieties of plant – the perfect place to walk off one too many clotted-cream laden scones…

For further information of other attractions in and around the area, please visit our Things to Do page.

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Cornwall on the Box

Cornwall’s famous coastline has been spotted in many British TV dramas and films, and we are fortunate to be well located for you to be able to visit a large majority of them!

The 1996 historical drama 'Poldark' was filmed in a number of locations around Cornwall, as was the later TV series, which was set mostly around the Helston area. The popular BBC drama 'Jonathan Creek', starring Alan Davies and Caroline Quentin, was filmed at Rinsey Head, which is located off the main A394 road between Helston and Penzance.

'Hornblower', the series based on C. S. Forester's ten fictional Napoleonic war era novels about a Royal Navy Officer, Horatio Hornblower, featured extensive scenes at Falmouth and St Mawes, both about one and a half hours south west of Ryelands.  Love the series? Why not pay a visit to Pendennis Castle, an imposing fortress built by Henry VIII, which was also used as a location for the series. 

As far as TV dramas go, one of the most well-known series that was filmed in Cornwall is the much loved 'Doc Martin'. Starring Martin Clunes, the show is set in the fictional seaside village of Portwenn, and filmed on location in Port Issac, with most interior scenes shot in a converted local barn at Roscarrock Manor Farm.

Also partly filmed in Port Issac was the welsh detective drama series Hinterland, which came to Cornwall in 2015, and also visited Polzeath, a small seaside resort on the headland opposite Padstow.

Most recently, our very own Tamar Valley featured in the Sky 1 show 'Delicious', featuring Dawn French, which was filmed on location at Pentillie Castle in the Tamar Valley!

Love your Cornish television dramas? Come to Ryelands and enjoy the beautiful scenery that you have enjoyed 'on the box' in real life! We can't wait to see you.