Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Drake's Trail - Country Kids

A little way from our house is something we have yet to explore.

When I say a little way it's actually about a mile from our front door and it takes you as far as you want, all the way to Plymouth.

Drake's Trail.

The old railway line from Tavistock to Plymouth.

The trail has been missing a link (the bridge opened in 2012) and it is now a cycle track. Yet, here we are at the end of 2013 and we still haven't ventured along it. Until this week.

We started at Tavistock and walked to Gem Bridge. A round trip of 3 miles, a cold and windy day, wellies, hats and gloves required!

Gem bridge replaces the old viaduct built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel

The trail starts off walking through fields

and by the river.

And then you reach Grenofen tunnel, it goes under the main A386 Plymouth -Tavistock Road.

It was dark and very wet! The boys loved it!

You can see through to the other end.

There were a few reminders of the recent storms in our way.

But the views from the bridge down the valley were amazing.

All my boys on the bridge!

Linking up with #countrykids with Coombe Mill

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


  1. What child wouldn't like a long tunnel like that! I'm sure mine would be practicing their echoes and running along and back! Apart from that amazing tunnel it reminds me of the Camel Trail here, perfect for off road walking and cycling. Thank you for linking up and Happy New Year

    1. Yes very similar to the camel trail though not quite as flat!!
      Happy New Year to you too!

  2. that looks a great way to bow out the cobwebs!

    1. We were wrapped for winter, but the actual trail was quite sheltered in parts, the middle one stripped off his hat, scarf and gloves and undid his coat by the end!