Bere Alston village, Devon
Bere Alston is a village in southwest Devon. It lies close to the border with Cornwall and forms part of the civil parish of Bere Ferrers.
The village has a population of approximately 2000 and lies in the Bere peninsula, between the Rivers Tamar and Tavy, Grid Reference SX 446668.
Its origins lie in the once thriving local mining industry. Dating from at least the late 13th Century, the Silver-Lead mines worked on and off until the late 19th Century. In 1295 Reginald de Ferrers was granted a charter to hold a market and fair here. Bere Alston was also an important market gardening area, processing fruit and vegetables from the Tamar Valley. In the past, mainline trains to London would stop at the village to pick up locally grown produce destined for the capital.
Trains still run to Bere Alston railway station on the picturesque Tamar Valley Line, and there has been discussion of making the town a junction once again by reopening the former 'main line' to Tavistock, the largest town in Devon currently without a railway station. Occasionally reopening the whole line through to Okehampton and Exeter is suggested, since the current Plymouth to Exeter route is dependent on an extremely vulnerable route below the sea cliffs at Dawlish Warren.
The village, formerly boasting no less than seven inns, now only has one public house, The Edgcumbe Hotel, located on Fore Street.
The area is a good base from which to explore the Tamar Valley, West Devon and Cornwall. There are plenty of beautiful country walks in Bere Alston that cross trainlines, woods, and fields. The National Trust property of Cotehele lies just under two miles northwest on the other side of the Tamar and boat trips are sometimes available.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby: