The Valley possesses some of the most beautiful and unspoilt scenery in the West country.
The valleys of the Tamar River and its tributaries, the Tavy and Lynher, are designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Weir Quay is the perfect place to come ashore to refresh, relax or to exercise on some truly remarkable local walks. Shops, pubs and trains are 2 miles distant.
There are some very comfortable and relaxing hotels and B&Bs for longer stays as well as numerous local sites and attractions to visit.
The steep valley sides and huge meanders in the river have made land communication difficult throughout history, and it has been largely bypassed by modern development. But the landscape has been molded by many years of settlement and local industry - including farming, forestry, horticulture and mining. Many of these activities have now ceased, but have left indelible marks adding to the character and beauty of the modern landscape.
Bere Alston and Bere Ferrers villages
The Bere Peninsula grew in importance when silver was discovered in the area in the 12th century, the area shared in the local mining boom of the 19th century.
The Peninsula is in the parish of Bere Ferrers, but Bere Alston is now the priciple settlement of the parish, being one of the largest villages in Devon. Bere Alston was founded as a mining settlement in the 13th century and the silver-lead mines were worked until the late 1800s. Good examples of miners' cottages can still be seen throughout the village.
2 miles from Weir Quay Boatyard, Bere Alston has a number local grocery shops, a Post Office, pub - The Edgcumbe Arms and other services. It is also a stop on the Tamar Valley Line. Situated high above the Tamar Valley, the village has spectacular views across the valley to Cornwall, which can be particularly breath taking at sunset.
The smaller village of Bere Ferrers is picturesquely situated on the banks of the River Tavy. Also 2 miles from Weir Quay Boatyard, the village has a smaller post office (open mornings only), a shop and hairdressers and the charming Olde Plough Inn. Bere Ferrers is also on the Tamar Valley Line.