The winding country roads of Gunnislake are a perfect unwinding setting for walkers and visitors. Set in eastern Cornwall, twenty miles from Plymouth, this Cornish village dates back several centuries.
Dotted with small white houses and black stone cottages, Gunnislake in Tamar valley, is a village to fall for. Here lush greenery roots itself to the earth and yellowish farmlands meet the blue sky. With its natural beauty and serenity, Gunnislake will soothe you for sure.
The most interesting part of this side of Cornwall, is The Tamar Valley Line Railway. Gunnislake railway station is a short walk from the village.
This northern terminus of the Tamar Valley Line connects villages of the Tamar Valley with Plymouth.
The train ride is an escape from reality. The 120 feet (ca. 37 metres) look down, as you cross the Calstock viaduct is breathtaking. From the train you will catch a glimpse of the enchanting Cotehele Estate surrounded in woodland.
Gunnislake festival is a fascinating exhibition that displays the history and tradition of Gunnislake. Started in 2001, this annual festival of Gunnislake is organized every year in the month of August. The festival upholds the strong cultural side of this Cornish village.
Traditional flora dance, children's fancy dress parade, make this festival colourfully exciting. A variety of stalls, children's corner, street performances, stand-up comedy, live music are a part of the cultural show. Stunning artworks of local artists are also put on display during the festival.
A short trip to Morwellham Quay Museum is worth the time. In the 19th century hundreds of merchant boats lined the Quay to ship copper ore to other parts of England.
The award-winning Morwhellham Quay museum, is a world heritage site. Morwellham Quay Museum takes you back to the busy mining activities of 1860. It gives you an informative tour of the mining history and lets you find out what it was like to work in the mines. Replica costumes are available for you to try on and play your part as a miner.
For many, the most exciting part of the visit is the narrow gauge Mine Railway. The train takes you to the George & Charlotte copper mine, along the banks of the River Tamar. A venture underground into the George & Charlotte copper mine is bound to thrill your senses.
Famous for its bustling 19th century mining activity, this Tamar valley area is also well known for its lovely natural beauty. Nestled in rolling farmlands and towering cliffs, this sleepy countryside is a soothing retreat.
The Gunnislake Donkey Park is Cornwall's only donkey sanctuary. Located beautifully in the Cornish countryside of Gunnislake, the park is the home to many donkeys, goats, ponies, sheep, pigs, and rabbits. The Donkey Park is a fun-trip for children, as well as adults. It has a lovely café and a dedicated picnic area that allows for a leisurely fun-filled afternoon with your family and friends.
The sanctuary sustains itself only on entry fees and 'Adopt-a-Donkey scheme'. Make sure you visit the Gunnislake Donkey Park to support the cause. And, don't forget to collect an item of memorabilia from the park's own gift shop.
The grazing animals and the scenic splendour, the valley and the sun and the sky and almost everything make this place unbelievably beautiful! Get ready for a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle. The delights of Gunnislake are waiting to welcome you!