As you drive from Lower Marsh Farm towards Callington, you will see on the horizon the remains of some of Cornwall’s mining history in the form of a tall ornate chimney which tops Kit Hill. It forms the highest point in the Tamar Valley with stunning views across to Devon including the Tamar River and Dartmoor. Kit Hill makes for a great walk up, down and around! It forms approximately 400 acres to be explored. At somepoint in history the Hill has been mined for tin, silver, copper and tungsten!
To get to Kit Hill from Lower Marsh Farm, head back towards the main road and turn right on to the A388 heading towards Callington. After a few miles you will reach a roundabout (just before going into Callington town) with a right turn signposted to Tavistock on to A390 which you want to take and then you will shortly see signs to Kit Hill on your left.
There are parking options at the bottom of the hill, at points part way up the hill and for those not wishing to walk up even some at the top of the hill. The walking terrain is either on established footpaths or slightly off piste along less travelled tracks through the ups and downs surrounded by heather, boulders, lumps and bumps which remind you of the land’s mining heritage. Walking at a good pace from the bottom (without hindrance by small children or dogs!) to the top takes around 40 minutes and will definitely get the heart going!
In addition to the far reaching views, there is plenty of wildlife to be spotted including deer, birds of prey and rare butterflies and moths during warmer months.
After your walk, stop for refreshments (or more!) at the Louis Tea Room where delicious cakes and cream teas are on offer. They also serve full breakfasts and proper home-made lunches. With a family room for those with small children and outside animals galore including llamas, guinea pigs, and a brilliant range of chickens, geese and ducks.