Free activities at the Tamar Trails this February Half Term

Our top tips on Free activities for everyone in the family to do at the Tamar Trails

From kids activity sheets to biking –  bring the dog, explore on foot….just come and enjoy this amazing landscape which is free for every one to use!


The trails are really varied here; we have flat routes that are good for children and buggies, albeit with the occasional muddy section. And steeper more technical routes for the more adventurous families and mountain bikers. Overall there are 25km’s to explore and if you come into the Tamar Trails Centre to pick up a free map we can give you advice about the best route for you and your family to cycle on.


There are great choices for walkers what ever your age and ability. The shortest, of a few 100 meters can be all you need for your toddlers. But for the more adventurous families the Bedford United Trail is our current favourite. This trail is narrow and steep at times, with steps cut into the steeply sided valley. It gives you fantastic views of the river – especially in the winter – and winds it way around fascinating 18th and 19th century mines workings. It takes you along a short section of the leat which supplied water to the wheel which powered this mine. The trail was created in 2013 and has a number of viewing platforms and unusual wooden walkways to get walkers over cuttings and boggy sections. This is definitely a walk for the more active!

Children’s woodland activities

Inspire the kids  on your woodland walk with wild activities:

  • For ages 6+ – spot the first signs of nature; birds building nests, bird song, snow drops or bluebell shoots, catkins or green shoots on trees.
  • For ages 3 to 5 – make Mud Monsters; create a ball or pile of mud and decorate with leaves, twigs, nuts to make the face
  • For toddlers – Twig towers – collect twigs and small branches and carefully pile them together into criss-cross towers.

All theses activities come from The Nature Detectives where you can download and print their free activity sheets

You can also pick up other free activity sheets from the Tamar Trails Centre.

Enjoy the view and have a cuppa!

When you return from your exploits come back to the Beech Tree Cafe and enjoy a magnificent hot chocolate or barista coffee and enjoy the view across the valley.

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