‘Delicious’ filming location: Canoe the River Tamar

‘Delicious’ filming location: Canoe the River Tamar

If you watched Dawn French’s latest TV outing, Delicious (Sky 1) you will undoubtedly have fallen in love with the beautiful Tamar Valley in South East Cornwall where it was filmed.  What better way to explore the area – and steal a close up glimpse of some of the settings – than by canoe on the River Tamar, which features so prominently in the show’s glorious aerial shots?

With news just announced of a second series, we thought we’d share an insight into some of the filming locations from series one. As well as give the lowdown on what to expect from one of our canoe trips on the Tamar.

Cotehele to Calstock

All Canoe Tamar guided canoe trips set out from the historic Cotehele Quay at the National Trust property on the Cornwall side of the River Tamar. From here we head up river, enjoying the unusual aspect of Cornwall on one side and Devon on the other.

Round the bend and you come upon the fringes of the pretty riverside village of Calstock, with a number of striking and impressive properties dotted along the banks. One of these first houses was home to Sam (Emilia Fox) and Marco (Iain Glen) in series one of Delicious.

Next, paddle under the viaduct that has become an iconic symbol of South East Cornwall. Make a stop at Calstock and grab an ice cream at Valenti’s or a coffee and cake at Lishe, both featured in the show.  Maybe you’ll spot some of the cast (who are due back this summer to film for the second series), or see the show’s star, Dawn French, whose brother has a house here.

Calstock to Harewood and back

From here the trip continues up past Okel Tor Quay towards Rumleigh Farm and beyond. As the river narrows, this stretch allows a closer look at relics of the area’s rich mining heritage, and a good opportunity for wildlife spotting. If you’re lucky you may see an otter.

Heading back down river gives another chance to soak in the scenery, and quiz our instructors about the history and surroundings along the way.

Pentille Castle

From Cotehele it’s a short drive around the Valley to Pentille Castle, the setting for the show’s fictitious Penrose Hotel. Why not allow time before or after your canoe trip to drop in for an afternoon tea or attend one of their events.

Watch this recent aerial video of one such event, which captures some fabulous shots of the estate and river.

Want to know why Dawn French chose the Tamar Valley as the setting for the show? Read more here and check out the Visit Cornwall blog about other Delicious filming locations.  To book your Canoe Tamar experience give us a call on 01822 833409 and for further information go here

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