The River Tamar is navigable to boats past Calstock some three miles upstream to Morwellham Quay. The Tamar marks the boundary between Cornwall and Devon with Calstock on the Cornish bank on the right. The village is one of Cornwall's hidden gems.
Calstock Quay was once important for handling and transporting goods. In the Victorian era steamers also brought tourists to the village and Calstock was visited by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1846. But now the last shop in the village has closed although it retains three pubs, a teashop and a wonderful ice cream parlour. Sitting on a steep hillside overlooking the Tamar, its narrow streets are full of beautiful old buildings with no fewer than 127 listed buildings in the parish of Calstock.
The railway viaduct was built between 1904 and 1907 and carries the picturesque Tamar Valley Line, which runs from Gunnislake to Plymouth.
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