Things to do nearby
Here are a few ideas, and a few things you really should see in the local area.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel's - Royal Albert Bridge
Isambard Kingdom Brunel built one of the most iconic and certainly unique bridges, just a stones throw from the Cross. The Royal Albert Bridge sits alongside the newer Tamar Road Bridge, and between them they truly define Saltash, as teh Gateway to Cornwall. Both are best viewed from river level where you will find ample parking and toilet facilities. We recommend you walk down to the Waterside by either of the footpaths, the climb back up is hard work, but satisfying.
You will find Ashtorre Rock, a community run cafe and occasional art gallery, right under Brunel's Bridge, and next to the original Ferry Slipway. A new peice of public art, celebrating the ferry service that ran here for over 900 years will be installed soon.
There is a wealth of public art on display at Saltmill Park, just up river from the Waterside area, drive or walk along Old Ferry Road, before taking the turning towards the China Fleet Country Club. Saltmill Park lies at the bottom of this hill toi your right.
The Saltash Heritage Museum can be found on Lower Fore Street near Saltash Guildhall, both are well worth a visit. Elliott's Store, just along from the Museum is a grocery store from the last century presenting the visitor with a time capsule of days gone by when personal service and home deliveries were the order of the day.
Mary Newman's Cottage is Grade 11 listed cottage is managed by the Tamar Protection Society and is the oldest building in Saltash, dating from around 1480. The cottage is furnished with period furniture which is on loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum and private collections which, along with utensils on display give the interior a truly atmospheric feel. Visitors can wear period clothing and play Elizabethan games during their visit.
Churchtown Farm Nature Reserve
The nature reserve has a picturesque setting between the Tamar and the Lynher estuaries at Saltash. The majority of habitat is farmland, which is now managed for wildlife and includes wetland, hay meadows, arable land and hedgerows. The two quarries are designated as County Geology Sites. It is a community nature reserve, meaning local people are involved in what happens at this wildlife haven.
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Saltash Town Centre - for shopping and food
The Town Centre is just a short, easy walk from the Cross site, and boasts a wide variety of mostly independent shops. There are a number of arcades leading off the main Fore Street, with more hidden gems within easy reach.
There are a number of excellent walks around Saltash. You can find mroe details, and downloadable maps on the Town Council website.