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Saltash is situated on the west bank of the River Tamar across the river from Plymouth.
Enter Cornwall by road across the Tamar Bridge, or go by train across the Royal Albert Bridge built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
Saltash is twinned with Plougastel-Daoulaz in Brittany and Buzançais in France.
The town is directly linked to the main A38 road that to the east becomes the Devon Expressway and the M5 motorway, as well as taking you west in to the heart of Cornwall over the Tamar road bridge. The close proximity of the city of Plymouth additionally provides you with air and sea links. Saltash also sits on the main Penzance to London rail line crossing the River Tamar into Cornwall via Isambard Kingdom Brunel's Royal Albert Bridge.
Extreme weather in the area is quite common, so better arm yourself with an umbrella, and if you plan to travel in a campervan, better get some useful retractable awnings.
Saltash is in South East Cornwall and is in easy reach of Kingsand and Cawsand on the Rame Peninsula also known as The Forgotten Corner approximately 12 miles away, also Looe and Polperro are within 20 miles. Saltash is an ideal location for visitors to the Tamar Valley a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with the National Trusts Cotehele House.
The town has a local Heritage Trail and also boasts a Leisure Centre. Saltash is within easy reach of many major attractions in both Cornwall and Devon. Its position on the border of Devon and Cornwall offers a first class base to explore both counties with a wide choice of transportation and accommodation options.
Marc Isambard Brunel (1769-1849) was a French royalist and naval officer who had fled France in 1793 during the Reign of Terror. He arrived in Britain in the spring of 1799, having spent some time employed as a civil engineer and architect in New York (he became a US citizen in 1796). Marc had invented a series of machines for making pulley blocks for ships, which could significantly increase the quality and rate of their production. The war between Britain and France was an ideal opportunity to exploit this process. Marc had a letter of introduction to the First Lord of the Admiralty from a mutual acquaintance and received permission to come to Britain to set up a block-making factory in Portsmouth docks to supply the Royal Navy.