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The Waterside in Saltash

Saltash Town Trail

BBC Cornwall visits the south east Cornwall town of Saltash to learn more about the history of the area. Listen to our reports, which will be added weekly. You can also enjoy our photos of Saltash taken on a sunny day in May...

Saltash is home to a rich history, including several old buildings, a shop frozen in time, a house believed to be the home of Sir Francis Drake's wife Mary Newman and much more.

BBC Cornwall's Matt Shepherd took a walk around Saltash with the present Mayoress Jackie Austin. Click on the links below for the audio:

Enjoy a gallery of pictures highlighting the main parts of the Saltash Town Trail:

The Royal Albert Bridge is described as one of the greatest bridges in the world. It stands proud above the town. It was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and completed in 1859.

Elliott's Store

Frozen in time - Elliott's Store

Today the railway bridge stands side by side with the Tamar Bridge which was opened in 1961.

The single-track railway bridge enables passengers to enjoy stunning views of the River Tamar and Saltash town itself. You can also see the town's mural, which depicts several famous local characters.

There are several places of interest in the town centre, which you come across when taking the Saltash Town Trail.

Saltash Museum has several exhibitions throughout the year. 'What's Up Doc?' is the latest. It takes a look at 60 years of the National Health Service. The museum is open between April and November. For more information call: 01752 848 466

Mary Newman's Cottage

Mary Newman's Cottage

Saltash Local History Centre is also part of the museum, enabling people to trace their family tree.

Mary Newman's Cottage is reputed to be the home of the first wife of Sir Francis Drake. The building dates from around 1840, and features the recently opened Elizabethan Herb Garden. Open from Easter to October. For more information call 07767 444 816

Elliott's Stores has been frozen in time. It closed in the early '70s and the stock (although empty) reflects the eating habits of local people over 30 years ago. It is open on Saturday mornings, and Wednesday afternoons. For more information call 07767 444 816.

Town's mural

Saltash characters from the past

The Saltash Waterside is home to some of the best views in Cornwall. To your left are the two bridges, carrying road and railway transport. In front of you are spectacular views of the River Tamar with the boats and yachts idly bobbing up and down on the still water.

You will also find the town's colourful mural, depicting the local characters from the past.

You can pick up leaflets for the Saltash Town Trail from Saltash Guildhall, another old building in the town, and also home to the Tourist Information Centre.

To find out more about Saltash, click on any of the links below:

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