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Saltash is known as the “gateway to Cornwall” and lies in the South East of Cornwall, next to the River Tamar. It is one of the largest towns in Cornwall. The name Saltash means ash tree by the salt mill.

On 2nd May 1859, HRH Prince Albert opened the Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Royal Albert Bridge which takes the railway line across the River Tamar. Alongside it lies the Tamar Bridge which became the first suspension bridge to be widened whilst remaining open to traffic.

The railway station is situated close to the town centre. There is a regular train service provided with some High Speed services travelling to and from London.

The history of Saltash is linked to the ferrying place across the Tamar. The original ferry was established by fisherman for those who wished to travel to and from the monastery at St Germans and to Trematon Castle.After the Norman Conquest, Robert, Count of Mortain, who held the castle and manor at Trematon, moved the market from St Germans to Saltash. The Count granted Termaton and other manors to the de Valletorts and the ferry became their responsibility. In the twelfth century, Saltash became the only franchised seaport between Dartmouth and Fowey.

Things to do in Saltash

Saltash is home to the cottage of Mary Newman who was the first wife of Sir Francis Drake. The cottage can be found in Saltash on Culver Road, down from the railway station.

The castles at Trematon and Ince are well worth a visit as is the nature reserve located at Churchtown Farm. The nature reserve is popular with walkers who like to enjoy the spectacular views of the River.

The locals enjoy a number of annual festivals. Saltash Mayfair is held in early May and the Saltash Town Regatta held in the summer hosts Gig races, Flashboat rowing, dinghy racing, music, entertainment and stalls.

The leisure centre in Saltash is near to the town centre and boasts a leisure pool, gym and fitness facilities. The China Fleet Country Club is also nearby and is popular with golf lovers as well as those who enjoy a swim and sauna and other leisure facilities.

For those who enjoy dining, the Farmhouse restaurant whose head chef is Marc Slater, is located in Saltash.

At Saltash Pier, visitors can enjoy a river cruise. There is also a Sailing Club for those who prefer more of a challenge on the water.

Cotehele House is situated near Saltash. It is a Tudor house home to tapestries, textiles, arms and armour. Outside, visitors can walk through the Valley Garden where there is a medieval stewpond and dovecote. There are orchards with apple and cherry trees and an Upper Garden for those who wish to relax.

For those who wish to discover more about the history of Saltash, why not try the Saltash Heritage Trail, a tour which includes a visit to the Town museum, the Royal Albert Bridge, Elliott’s historic shop and Mary Newman’s Cottage.

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