Enjoy a virtual tour of Bere Ferrers, a quaint village in the scenic Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with wonderful views.
I’ve been to Bere Ferrers a few times as a friend lived in the village for a while. The village feels quite remote considering it’s only 8 miles from Plymouth. There’s not a whole lot of things to do, but if you like walks then you can walk for miles along the river. Bere Ferrers lies on the peninsula between the Tamar and Tavy offering some amazing views as part of the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Just beware you might find yourself negotiating unexpected boggy ground and some frisky cows.
Go for a long walk then come back to the local pub the Olde Plough Inn to refuel with some good food and beer at any time of day. It has a great beer garden and often has live music at the weekend. It’s also one of the many pubs on the list of the Tamar Valley Rail Ale Trail.
- The church of St. Andrew was erected in 1243 by Sir William Ferrers.
- The Railway station opened on 2 June 1890.
- The name comes from the Celtic ‘bere’ meaning narrow strip of land, and Ferrers after the lords of the manor.
Bere Ferrers was renowned for its silver and lead mines. The area was for 200 years the most highly specialised mining community in Southern England. Bere silver had its own stamp and in the 14th century mines were reserved for the King’s exclusive use. The rivers were the main artery of the community, used for the import of timber, lime, coal, the export of minerals, fruit and flowers, until the arrival of the railway.
- There have been many alternative names over the years: Bere Ferris, Bere Ferrers, Beerferris, Beer Ferris
- Bere Ferrers was a settlement in the Domesday Book. It had a recorded population of 29 households in 1086, putting it in the largest 40% of settlements recorded in Domesday.
- The Olde Plough Inn
- Apple Fest
- Bere Fest
- Spring Flower Show
Bere Ferrers PL20 7JL.
- Bus, from Tavistock the 87 takes you to Bere Alston, you can then jump on the train.
- Car, on street parking is fairly easy where the roads are wide enough.
- Train, 17 minutes from Plymouth then a 10 minute walk from the station to the village. Allow yourself more time for returning to the station as it’s all uphill.
- If coming by train allow yourself more time for returning to the station as it’s all uphill.
- While walking beside the river beware you might find yourself negotiating unexpected boggy ground and some frisky cows.
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